UK’s big businesses under threat from cyber attacks
LONDON— Two- thirds of big UK businesses have been hit by a cyberattack in the past year, with most of the attacks involving viruses, spyware or malware, costing millions of pounds, according to government research. A quarter of large firms experiencing a cyber breach did so at least once a month, according to the Cyber Security Breaches Survey.
Commenting on the frequent cyber attacks on UK firms, Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said it was “absolutely crucial businesses are secure and can protect data”. In some cases the internet- linked attacks cost millions of pounds.
The survey’s results have been released alongside the government’s Cyber Governance Health Check, launched following the TalkTalk cyber attack in October last year, the BBC reported. The phone and broadband provider, which has over four million UK customers, said some of their banking details and personal information could have been accessed in the breach.
In light of these surveys, businesses are now being urged to protect themselves better. Vaizey said: “The UK is a world- leading digital economy and this government has made cyber security a top priority. “Too many firms are losing money, data and consumer confidence with the vast number of cyber attacks. It’s absolutely crucial businesses are secure and can protect data,” Vaizey said.— Agencies