A global table of major cyber attacks has revealed that the UK is second in the world for significant cyber attacks, having faced 47 incidents from May 2006 to June 2020. The USA is first with 156 incidents since May, India is third and Germany is fourth.
The UK is home to some of the world’s leading businesses and organisations, and clearly, this makes it a hot target for serious cyber attacks – many of which are looking to take advantage of personal data for the purpose of financial gain.
The UK has seen plenty of headline-grabbing and organisation-crippling cyber attacks and data breaches since 2006, and it’s important that all organisations observe and learn from these events, in order to ultimately decelerate the trend of severe cyber attacks aimed at our nation.
Improving mass security effectiveness across businesses should start with education, and all employees should be properly trained on how to spot suspicious content and securely avoid interacting with it. Furthermore, CISO’s and business decision makers must implement sophisticated cyber software, such as AI-powered email inbox defence software, in order to limit employees’ exposure to malicious content. Our recent research found that almost half of global businesses have encountered at least one cyber security scare since the start of Covid-19, and we can only expect this cyber threat to escalate, particularly when employees are still working remotely and companies are in a fragile state of affairs, with many limiting security budgets in order to pay for Covid-19 restrictions. Thus, change must occur now.