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UK businesses experiencing more cyber-attacks in 2019

The rise in cyber-attacks in business

Hackers are attacking UK businesses even more in 2019, with recent figures showing the rise in the number of cyber-attacks aimed at organisations and the frequency at which they occur.

60% of businesses have already faced at least one cyber-attack in 2019 according to a survey from Hiscox. Additionally, research from Beaming has shown the frequency has increased, with UK businesses hit every 50 seconds.

According to Beaming, the number of cyber-attacks has risen by 179% in 2019 compared to 2018 figures, while Hiscox identified the financial loss attributed to successful hacks has risen by 61%.

The most common target for cybercriminals was connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices and file sharing services.

These standalone statistics are alarming enough, but Hiscox’s research also discovered that UK organisations are performing worse when it comes to cybersecurity and have the smallest budgets dedicated to keeping their data and systems safe from hackers.

Additionally, businesses in the UK are the least likely to have a “defined role for cybersecurity” in their staff structure.

It’s clear that hackers are continuing to ramp up their efforts to infiltrate your business, whether that’s installing malicious malware or stealing your data. With recent record-breaking fines handed out to British Airways and Marriott under the GDPR for their 2018 data breaches, it’s also evident that the ICO is taking the security of your data seriously.

The UK is experiencing a digital skills gap which is most acutely evidenced in the cyber-security space as evidenced by the parliamentary Cyber Security Skills and the UK’s Critical National Infrastructure report published last year. So it’s understandable that businesses would struggle to recruit an internal cybersecurity specialist.

What can you do about it?

That’s where a managed services partner can come in; it’s our job to hire the best and brightest in IT security. We have an unrivalled team of security experts dedicated to improving the security of your business.

With over 70 Sophos-qualified engineers, you can trust in TSG as your managed IT services partner to evaluate the current state of your business’ IT security and make expert recommendations to ensure you don’t fall victim to the sharp increase in cyber-attacks. We currently help hundreds of UK businesses understand what it takes to keep business-critical data safe.

Interested in finding out the current state of your business’ cybersecurity? You can take our FREE IT security audit questionnaire, which will give you a score and tips on bolstering your defences.

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We’re also working on higher-level cybersecurity assessment and monitoring which will not only address key areas of your business like endpoint and email scanning protections, but monitor data that could already have been stolen from your business including login credentials.

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