The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has released the “Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2019”.
The survey, which targeted both UK businesses and charities, has revealed that 32% of businesses and 22% of charities have identified cyber security breaches or attacks in the last 12 months.
Learn more about the latest cyber survey results below.
“Cyber attacks are a persistent threat to businesses and charities”
The latest report claims that “cyber attacks are a persistent threat to businesses and charities”. The number of businesses identifying breaches or attacks may be lower than before; however, businesses that have been targeted are experiencing more of them.
The survey reports that 32% of businesses and 22% of charities have reported cyber security breaches or attacks in the last 12 months.
This percentage is much higher among medium businesses (60%), large businesses (61%) and high-income charities (52%).
What type of attacks are most common?
The report has also ranked the most common attacks among the 32% of businesses and 22% of charities that had experienced a breach or attack.
Phishing attacks were identified by 80% of these businesses and 81% of these charities. Others said that they were targeted by emails or online by impersonators pretending to be from an organisation (28% of businesses stated this as well as 20% of charities).
Others reported viruses, spyware or malware, including ransomware attacks (27% of these businesses and 18% of these charities).
Cyber Essentials 2019
The report has revealed that “over half of all businesses (56%, vs. 51% in 2018) and two-fifths of charities (41%, vs. 29% in 2018)” have implemented controls in all the five technical areas listed under the Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme.
This is excellent progress; however, it has been identified that there is a wide gap between the largest and smallest businesses when it comes to Cyber Essentials awareness as only 8% of micro businesses have heard of this scheme.