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Is Your Business Ready For The Continued Rise In Cyber Crime?

Is Your Business Ready For The Continued Rise In Cyber Crime?

The subject of data privacy and security can raise a lot of questions. It is a complex topic which makes it even more evident that the protection of a business’ security needs to be placed in reliable, capable hands.

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According to a 2016 report, two thirds of small businesses have experienced a cyber attack, resulting in an estimated £5.26 billion loss to the UK economy. Yet shockingly only 39% of large organisations and 27% of small businesses have insurance that covers the consequences of a data privacy breach. This is despite a cyber attack costing anywhere in the region of £193,000 for small businesses and £2.3 for larger organisations.

Source: 2016 Cyber Resilience: how to protect small firms in the digital economy, conducted by the Federation of Small Businesses. 2015 Information security breaches survey, commissioned by HM government

All businesses have a legal obligation to securely protect the information they hold, both in terms of their clients, prospects and employees, as well as any data held on behalf of a third party. Any loss of personal data should be disclosed to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and can result in significant fines and penalties, not to mention the significant reputational damage to a business.

Source: 2013 Information Commissioner’s Office: Data Protection Regulatory Action Policy

43% of attacks to healthcare, retail, hospitality and financial companies, according to a 2017 study, were caused by phishing, hacking and malware. 18% were caused by lost or stolen devices or records while 4% were caused by internal theft. However, concerningly 32% of data privacy breaches were a result of employee actions or mistakes.

Source: 2017 Incident Response Report, conducted by Baker Hostetler

Businesses can create, or review an already existing, cyber policy which should cover rules on password protection, malware resistance, and regularly updating software. Unfortunately, malicious events can still happen despite safeguards being in place which is why securing cyber insurance to protect against the consequences of an attack, after it happens, is so vital.

Source: Cyber Essentials, National Cyber Security Centre: www.cyberessentials.ncsc.gov.uk/advice

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Published 15th February 2018

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