875,000 SMEs Affected By A Cyberattack Over Last 12 Months

IZurich’s research that has found that 875,000 SMEs across the UK have been affected by a cyber-attack over the last 12 month, Gordon Morrison, Director of Government Relations at McAfee commented below.

Gordon highlights the challenges SMEs face in introducing cybersecurity into their organisation and how the government’s Cyber Essentials scheme can help get them on the right track.

Gordon Morrison, Director of Government Relations at McAfee:

“No matter how big the business, no organisation is too small to be a target for cybercriminals. For many large enterprises, with the IT and security support in house, taking a comprehensive and strategic approach to cybersecurity is often high on the priority list. For SMEs, knowing where to start is often one of the greatest challenges. For others, who don’t have substantial budgets for enterprise security products, there’s a lack of understanding for how valuable just introducing the basics is.

The government’s Cyber Essentials scheme has helped many UK SMEs make huge strides in their cyber defences. Achieving this basic level of cybersecurity is claimed to prevent up to 80 per cent of cyberattacks, to which organisations would otherwise be vulnerable. The scheme represents a brilliant resource for SMEs who want to take their first steps into better cyber hygiene, and ensure that they’re putting their efforts and budget into the most effective defences.”

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