UK organisations have faced 172,000 cyber attacks so far this year

UK organisations were subjected to almost 2,000 cyber attacks a day in the first quarter of 2021, according to a Beaming study.

In a study of commercial Internet traffic, it discovered 172,079 cyber attacks against businesses in the first three months of the year, with attacks being registered every 45 seconds on average.

This is the highest level of malicious activity seen in the first quarter of a year since Beaming began recording data.

The average daily number of cyber attacks has skyrocketed in the past three years.

Attackers were most likely to target Internet of Things devices, including networked CCTV cameras, building control systems and smart systems.

File-sharing applications such as Dropbox and Google Cloud were also frequently targeted.

Sonia Blizzard, Beaming’s managing director, noted:

The number of cyberattacks launched against UK businesses surged as the country went into Covid lockdown last year and has remained at exceptionally high levels ever since.

Our analysis shows some respite in February, but this was bookended by record levels of malicious web activity in January and March.

The mass move to home and hybrid working means that company data and IT systems are now being accessed via a wide range of personal equipment on unmanaged domestic internet connections.

Each offers a potential point of failure for hackers to gain access to company systems over the public internet, and hackers are doubling down to take advantage of vulnerabilities created by this fundamentally less secure way of working.

This is a significant issue for organisations because home and hybrid working structures will remain popular after lockdown.

If organisations are to give employees this option, they must review their security measures.

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