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Cybercrime growth statistics 

In the UK alone cybercrime costs victims £197k a day, where most are attacked through social media and email accounts. Even worse, many are unaware of what is happening until the damage is already done. Action Fraud, a national cybercrime reporting centre, said £34.6m was reported stolen from victims between April and September 2018, which is a 24% increase on the previous six months 

We’ve taken a look at some local cyber-attack statistics recently recorded by Surrey police in hopes of spreading awareness about the damaging effects cyber-attacks can have on individuals and businesses.  

Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2020 

According to the official government statement: 

The Cyber Security Breaches Survey is a quantitative and qualitative study of UK businesses and charities. It helps these organisations understand the nature and significance of the cyber security threats they face, and what others are doing to stay secure. It also supports the government to shape future policy in this area. For this latest release, the quantitative survey was carried out in winter 2019 and the qualitative element in early 2020. “ 

  • Almost half of businesses (46%) and a quarter of charities (26%) report having cyber security breaches or attacks in the last 12 months. 
  • Like previous years, this is higher among medium businesses (68%), large businesses (75%) and high-income charities (57%). 
  • The nature of cyber attacks has also changed since 2017. Over this period, there has been, among those identifying any breaches or attacks, a rise in businesses experiencing phishing attacks (from 72% to 86%), and a fall in viruses or other malware (from 33% to 16%). 

How tprevent personal cyber-attacks 

There are many ways you can become more vigilant as an individual to protect yourself against cyber-attacks, including:  

  • Using strong passwords 

It might be easy to remember your siblings name alongside your birthdate, but this is how hackers can access your data. By setting strong passwords (a code of letters, numbers, and symbols), you can protect your passwords from being breached by hackers. You should also ensure you have different passwords for everything, and that you change them on a regular basis.  

  • Setting up two-factor or multi-factor authentication 

By doing this, you will add an additional layer of security. Two factor authentication will require a personal identification code each time you log in, which will be sent to your chosen device at log in. This will help prevent hackers from accessing your accounts and will alarm you of unauthorised activity.  

  • Don’t use public Wi-Fi 

If you use a Virtual Private Network Wi-Fi (VPN), the traffic between your device and the VPN server is encrypted, this prevents people from seeing what you are doing online or interfering your device. Whereas when you connect to an unsecure network (public WiFi, which can be found in shops, airports, coffee shops and many other public places)you’re putting yourself at risk. On unsecure networks, you can have your data accessed by cybercriminals and you’re putting yourself at greater risk. Hackers use unsecure Wi-Fi’s to distribute malware and place infected software on devices without the user realising they have been compromised.    

How to prevent cyber-crimes against your business  

If you have a business, there are many ways in which you can ensure your employees are prepared for attacks or breaches.  

  • Employee training  

Over 90% of cybersecurity breaches involve human error, which is why staff training should be a key part of your defence. Employee training and awareness are essential parts of your business’s cybersecurity. All the firewalls in the world can’t protect you when an employee lets a hacker in unknowingly.  

  • Be vigilant of where you keep passwords 

You never know who may be entering your workplace, so ensure your employees do not have any passwords on show for anyone else to see. Instead, encourage them to keep their passwords private and to not share this information with anyone else, or leave them in places that could be lost. 

Get in touch with ramsac thelp become cyber-secure  

As one of the most trusted providers of cybersecurity solutions and support across London and the South East, we offer you protection and peace of mind. It has never been more important to ensure your IT is secure. IT systems are under attack on a daily basis and from a variety of threats, with cybercrime now claiming billions of pounds worldwide.  

Get in touch today.   

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