Businesses are urged to take action and protect against cyber attacks

According to statistics from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), 32 per cent of businesses identified a cybersecurity attack in the last 12 months – down from 43 per cent the previous year.
The drop in attacks is partially due to the introduction of new tougher data laws under the Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).
The 2019 Cyber Security Breaches Survey has seen 30 per cent of businesses and 36 per cent of charities made changes to their cyber security policies and processes as a result of GDPR coming into force in May 2018.
However the survey revealed, the median number of breaches had risen from four in 2018 to six in 2019. Therefore, businesses and charities suffering cyber-attacks and breaches appear to be experiencing more attacks than in previous years.
The average cost of a cyber-attack on a business has gone up by more than £1,000 since 2018 to £4,180. Businesses are now being urged to do more to protect themselves against cybercrime.
The most common breaches or attacks were phishing emails, followed by instances impersonating an official organisation online, viruses or uses of malware.
Digital Minister Margot James said: “Following the introduction of new data protection laws in the UK it’s encouraging to see that business and charity leaders are taking cyber security more seriously than ever before.
“However, with less than three in ten of those companies having trained staff to deal with cyber threats, there’s still a long way to go to make sure that organisations are better protected.
“We know that tackling cyber threats is not always at the top of business and charities list of things to do, but with the rising costs of attacks, it’s not something organisations can choose to ignore any longer.”

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