With the countdown to Christmas beginning, the festive season means a change in focus for many businesses. However, one aspect that can be overlooked during this time is cyber security. Christmas day is one of the most notorious days in the cyber security industry and with the great shift this year moving many services online, it's important you keep your company protected.
Cyber attacks are malicious attempts to breach an information system of another individual or organisation to benefit from system disruption and or to attain a monetary ransom. Recent statistics show almost half of businesses (46%) and a quarter of charities (26%) have reported cybersecurity breaches or attacks in the last 12 months, with attacks becoming more frequent.
Cyber attackers don't differentiate between business size
Within recent weeks, Manchester United Football Club has been a victim of these cyber attacks, despite assuring fans there was no breach of personal data. Nevertheless, large businesses are not the only companies being targeted, within the last 12 months of those companies suffering security breaches 68% were medium businesses. A notable medium-sized company that recently suffered a phishing attack is the Flagship Group in Norwich who saw the personal data of some customers and staff being compromised.
One of the most common attacks that are continuing to increase is phishing attacks, with 86% of security breaches experiencing this type of attack. Phishing involves malicious emails being sent to a target appearing to be from a reputable source, and if opened it can install malware and collect sensitive information from the recipient’s computer. These attacks have made it much easier for security breaches to be able to take place if the user doesn't have the appropriate services to protect against them.
Does your company have the necessary cyber security protection working at home as they did in the office?
With so many different providers offering a variety of security solutions, it is important you speak to a professional to find the right solution for your company’s needs.
Here at 2 Circles, we offer a variety of Meraki Security solutions, providing malware protection and prevention. From the Meraki Z-3 an ideal solution for single users, providing enterprise-level security to your home office, to the Meraki MX450 which can manage up to 10,000 clients, we have the solution to suit your needs.
To find out more about Meraki solutions and how we can keep your company protected, contact us via 03456 200 200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The extent of cyber security threats has not diminished. In fact, this survey, the fifth in the series, shows that cyber attacks have evolved and become more frequent. 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%)[footnote 1].