Government survey reveals almost half of businesses have been hit by a cyber attack in the past year

Just under half of UK businesses have been hit by at least one cyber attack or data breach in the past year, a new Government survey reveals.
The research, which was published earlier this week, highlights the need for businesses to invest more time and money in improving their cyber security.
Specifically, it suggests that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and micro-businesses are at a greater risk of suffering a breach.
The figures reveal that 66 per cent of SMEs surveyed suffered a cyber attack or data breach in the past year, as did 45 per cent of micro-businesses. This is in comparison with just 41 per cent of larger businesses quizzed as part of the survey.
Following the publication of the data, commercial property group Instant Offices is urging businesses of all shapes and sizes to do more in order to protect themselves.
The calls come after the research found that only 58 per cent of businesses have gone out of their way to seek cyber security advice or speak to IT consultants and other experts.
Instant Offices said that businesses that have adopted flexible working practices such as utilising shared office space were particularly at risk if they did not have a ‘solid security plan’ in place.

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