cyber security

38% Of All Cyber Attacks Completely “Avoidable”, As Business Owners Blamed For Failing To Warn Staff

38% Of All Cyber Attacks Completely “Avoidable”, As Business Owners Blamed For Failing To Warn Staff

38% of all cyberattacks on businesses in 2016 were completely “avoidable” and would have been prevented if staff has been trained properly, according to a report by CFC Underwriting. The survey of 254 UK small firms revealed that a significant number of attacks made by cyber-criminals were “phishing scams” – where hackers send emails to businesses purporting to be from a reputable company in order to extract sensitive data like credit card numbers. A relatively mundane attempt at fraud, fingers are being pointing at business owners for failing to educate and warn staff about such risks. Indeed, 27% of respondents admitted to never training their staff on issues of cyber security because they “didn’t know where to start” – suggesting business owners themselves are in need of more education ... »

61% Of Businesses Believe They’ll Be Victims Of Cybercrime In 2017

61% Of Businesses Believe They’ll Be Victims Of Cybercrime In 2017

61% of UK small businesses believe they’ll be the victim of an attack by cybercriminals in 2017, according to research by Mimecast. The survey of 800 IT decision makers has revealed that business owners’ worst fears are soon being realised, as 57% of UK enterprises have reported a rise in phishing emails in the past three months – with 47% targeted specifically at their organisation or an individual. When it comes to anticipating an attack, 73% believe a malicious attachment in an email will be the most likely way they’ll be infected by ransomware. This news comes just days after the Queen officially launched the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in London. Helping to back a £2bn government effort to fight cybercrime, the centre is part of intelligence agency Government Com... »