During the summer of 2017, UK firms experienced 55,314 security breach attempts which equates to 600 cyber-attacks a day!
The expectation was that the hackers would head off on their summer holidays at the same time as we did. Not this year. Cyber-attacks using remote desktop applications, virtual private networks (VPNs) and VoIP telephones increased during the summer months.
As the move to digital transformation grows, the number of devices connected to the internet exponentially increases too. At present, Gartner predicts more than 20 billion devices worldwide* have a connection to the internet. This gives hackers a huge amount of opportunity to penetrate your network.
That’s becoming apparent is the cyber-attacks aren't restricted to PCs, laptops, tablets and mobile devices. As more businesses look at "smart" devices to assist with building and environmental controls, security cameras, and communications, they may be leaving themselves open to attack.
Next level cyber-attacks utilise complex technology such as bots, artificial intelligence and file-less hacks to infiltrate businesses. The security sitting on networks is consistently trying to catch up so data could still be vulnerable. I
In the last 5 years, business of all sizes have felt the impact of cyber-attacks, from the likes of Equifax, the NHS and Yahoo losing millions of customer details and costing them a fortune, to a small hairdresser in Scotland, whose customer data was held to ransom to the tune of €1,000.
No business is off limits and hackers don’t take holidays. The threat is constant and IT managers are finding the pressure of managing multiple systems, users and devices rather time consuming.
Hackers are targeting business’s most valuable commodity, its data. The illegal acquisition of data is driving the need for high level security, two or three-factor authentication data encryptions and off-site storage. We have seen the growth of businesses moving their data into data centres away from their businesses offices just to ensure its safety.
With the Christmas holidays less than two months away, businesses should take notice of the opening alarming statistics and take steps to ensure they do not become a statistic themselves.