The internet promises big rewards for businesses but also big risks.
The threat is significant—24 per cent of all businesses detected one or more cyber security breaches in the last 12 months. But that number skyrockets when classifying businesses by size—jumping to 51 per cent of all medium firms and 65 per cent of all large firms. The same holds true for the cost of breaches—the average cost of all breaches over the last 12 months was £3,480 while the most costly breach identified was £3 million.
Businesses understand that the threat is significant, but there is a serious gap between awareness and action—only 51 per cent of all businesses have attempted to identify their unique cyber risks, while 69 per cent of all businesses say cyber security is either a very high or fairly high priority for their organisation’s senior management.
A-Plan is proud to present this downloadable whitepaper which summarises the 2016 Cyber Security Breaches Survey for the United Kingdom, commissioned by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport as part of the National Cyber Security Programme.
As Britain becomes ever more reliant on the internet for commerce and contact, prudent business owners would do well to scrutinise their cyber security processes. Indeed, the United Kingdom is the biggest internet shopper in Europe, with 80 per cent of people buying something online in the past year. And, e-commerce sales have surged from £335 billion for non-micro businesses in 2008 to £573 billion in 2014—a 71 per cent increase in only six years. Don’t miss out on the expansive opportunities of selling online, or resign your business to cyber attacks and breaches because you failed to value cyber security.
Businesses can protect themselves and ensure online success with simple, vigilant cyber risk management guidance.
Speak to your local A-Plan commercial branch for further advice.