Will Smart Cities increase the number of cyber attacks?

BBC News recently reported that “a cyber attack could stop the country”.

In the future ‘smart cities’ will be powered by superfast 5G mobile broadband and the internet of things (IoT); this will inevitably heighten the chances of cyber attacks in the UK.

 

Cyber attacks increase with as tech advances

 

Cyber attacks “could increase in number and severity”

Technology is getting smarter. Everything from thermostats to video doorbells, traffic cameras and cars can be connected to the internet. GSMA Intelligence has estimated that there will be more than 25 billion “internet of things” connections by 2025.

As we integrate this technology into our homes and cities, the rate and volume of cyber attacks is expected to grow.

The BBC website reports that:

“As more devices get connected, telecoms and security experts are warning that cyber attacks could increase in number and severity.”

 

How to protect your business

Now more than ever before, it is vital that your business is taking the appropriate steps to stay protected against cyber attacks.

The controls that need to be in place to achieve Cyber Essentials certification protect a business from around 80% of common cyber attacks.

This type of protection allows your business/organisation to promote itself as cyber secure up to the Cyber Essentials base level. This can make a huge difference when bidding for contracts with government organisations like the MOD.

 

How to become Cyber Essentials certified

If you would like to gain Cyber Essentials certification you can download a sample self-assessment questionnaire.

By downloading this your business can see what information you will need to provide during the certification process.

You can also purchase Cyber Essentials certification today on our website. The Cyber Essentials scheme is made up of two progressive stages – Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus: you can view a breakdown of both products here.