An attack a minute for UK businesses

New figures say the amount of cyberattacks UK businesses are facing has more than doubled in the first quarter of this year. Beaming’s report recorded 119,659 internet-born cyberattacks, on average, per company, for the first three months of 2019. That equates to one cyberattack a minute and twice the amount recorded in the same period last year.

According to the findings, half a million unique IP addresses were used to conduct the attacks, with more than 50,000 originating from China. The number of IP addresses originating from Egypt used for attacks increased three times. The most popular targets were remotely-controlled IoT applications as well as file sharing services.

“Cyberattacks continue to be a clear and present danger to UK businesses and the IT infrastructure they rely on,” commented Sonia Blizzard, managing director of Beaming. “Business leaders should be wary; the rate of attack has been at historically high levels since October last year.”

More data breaches than rainy days

A recent poll of more than 1,000 workers in the UK by Probrand found that there are now more data breaches than rainy days in the UK. Figures showed that 44% of businesses do not correctly protect their employee and client data due to their servers not being sufficiently secured.

Worryingly, the poll also showed that some organisations are oblivious to both the threat and the reasons they might be targeted, with 37% believing the data on their server not worth protecting.

“More than ever, it’s vitally important for businesses to take data security seriously, the heart of which is server security. Measures should be taken to protect data at the point of storage, in-flight and across mobile devices, and a secure firewall should be applied to stop malicious internet attacks at the perimeter,” said Matt Royle, marketing director at Probrand.

Businesses are disrupted in a number of ways

From ransomware to naïve and reckless employees, there are many ways businesses can be disrupted by cyberattacks and organisations all over the world are feeling the strain. Attacks can cause a loss of trust with customers as well as extra expenditures which can both cause unwanted issues to a company.

At SIRE, we have partnered with Centrify because they focus on cyber security solutions that aid user security as well as the outside threats, whilst providing information for compliance and audit purposes. To find out how SIRE can help with your organisation’s cyber security, talk to us on 01344 758700 or email us on

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