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

The new National Cyber Security Centre has opened in London, and will help back a £2bn effort to fight against cyber-attacks

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 Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and has already prevented 188 cyber-attacks in the past three months.

Speaking about the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), chancellor Philip Hammond said:

“Government cannot protect business and the general public from the risks of cyber-attack on its own. It has to be a team effort. It is only in this way that we can stay one step ahead of the scale and pace of the threat that we face.”

Ciaran Martin, cyber-security chief, said:

“Success doesn’t mean we have no cyber-attacks. We’re a prosperous, important country, so people are going to attack us. But when someone attacks, I want them to think of us as the hardest of targets.”

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