Cyber attacks on UK businesses have risen by 52% in the last three months

With IoT devices and databases prime targets, small businesses should regularly review firewall policies and keep defences up-to-date

Cyber attacks on UK small businesses have increased by 52% in the past three months, according to new data from Beaming.

A worrying trend, the number of online scammers and hackers targeting smaller enterprises is rising, with the country’s small firms subjected to an average of almost 65,000 attacks each in the second quarter of 2017.

Analysing cyber attacks on thousands of UK businesses, the report also revealed that 68% of these attacks targeted connected IoT devices, including networked security cameras and building control systems.

It is suggested that small businesses and start-ups who utilise the Internet of Things (IoT) – which enables electronic devices such as locks, surveillance equipment and appliances to be connected and controlled via the internet – to prioritise putting effective cyber security in place.

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No longer solely looking to steal cash or swipe bank details, online cyber criminals are now turning their attention to company databases – with 105 attempts to grab confidential information made each day to every business. This is compared to just 14 in the previous quarter.

In May this year, a worldwide ransomware attack led the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) to urge start-ups and small businesses to better protect themselves against potential cyber crime.

Small enterprises are strongly advised to “regularly review their firewall policies to ensure they are as restrictive as possible”.

Sonia Blizzard, managing director at Beaming, commented:

“UK businesses were targeted more than 700 times each on a daily basis by hackers over the last three months, who focused on hijacking connected devices and databases.”

“The majority of cyber attacks are automated computer scripts that search the web for weaknesses and attack company firewalls constantly looking for vulnerabilities.

“Businesses need to keep these vital defences up-to-date, prioritise security over convenience and ensure employees understand both the evolving threat and their cyber security responsibilities.”

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