UK businesses: great commitment but lack of action when it comes to cyber security

The recent Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2016 commissioned by the UK Government revealed that 69% of the UK businesses interviewed have assigned high priority to cyber security matters. Despite this, only 51% have tried to identify cyber risks and address vulnerabilities, and only 48% have implemented the five security controls mandated by the Cyber Essentials scheme.

Basic security incidents could have been avoided

The report found that the most common attacks detected involved viruses, spyware and malware (68%) – all of which could have been prevented by implementing the Cyber Essentials security controls. Does your company already have Cyber Essentials certification? Leave a comment below if it hasn’t; we’d like to know the reason why.

Cyber Essentials protects your company from Internet-based threats

To demonstrate the benefits of Cyber Essentials certification, we asked organisations certified by IT Governance if they have had a data breach (that they know of) since the day they certified – 95% of them said no. We can’t be 100% sure that this outstanding result is due to the certification, but that’s what these companies – which differ in size, business and industry – have in common, so draw your own conclusion.

Benefits beyond improved cyber securityCE-for-SMEs-cover1D

Besides strengthening cyber security and protecting your company from around 80% of Internet-based threats, the implementation of the five security controls can improve your business efficiency, saving you money, resources and time that you can instead invest in other areas of your business. Want to know more? Download this free guide.

Follow the advice of the Minister for the Digital Economy

Ed Vaizey, Minister for the Digital Economy, said: “[…] 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. As a minimum companies should take action by adopting the Cyber Essentials scheme which will help them protect themselves.”

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