The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) today published the results of its digital survey that suggested that, of the more than 1,200 businesses surveyed across the UK, some 20% had been hit by a cyber-attack in the last 12 months.
It further reported that 42% of larger firms (those with over 100 staff) had been the victim of a cyber attack, compared with 18% of smaller ones.
The BCC’s survey revealed that 21% of businesses believe the threat of cyber-crime is preventing their company from growing, while fewer than a quarter (24%) of businesses have cyber security accreditations in place.
Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:
“Firms need to be proactive about protecting themselves from cyber-attacks. Accreditations can help businesses assess their own IT infrastructure, defend against cyber-security breaches and mitigate the damage caused by an attack. It can also increase confidence among the businesses and clients who they engage with online.”
Referring to next year’s GDPR legislation Dr Marshall added:
“Businesses should also be mindful of the extension to data protection regulation coming into force next year, which will increase their responsibilities and requirements to protect personal data. Firms that don’t adopt the appropriate protections leave themselves open to tough penalties.”
Compliance3 have been working with businesses to ‘devalue data‘ and ‘take risk off the table‘.
Data Security can be complicated and expensive, and the hackers are both clever and motivated.
By effective de-scoping, even if your company is hacked, then personal and payment data need not be compromised.
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