The extent to which criminals are exploiting digital technology to commit offences continues to grow, as they disrupt businesses, steal money, goods, information and sensitive data.
Over the last few years, scams and cyber-attacks have become an imminent danger for businesses in the UK.
As firms become increasingly reliant on technology to exploit the internet to grow, they are making themselves vulnerable to malicious cyber-attacks. At the same time the use of mobile devices and cloud services has exacerbated an already high threat level.
Cyber Essentials is the UK Government backed scheme administered through the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) that aims to show organisations how to protect themselves and prevent the most common cyber attacks. The NCSC claims Cyber Essentials can help eliminate the risk of 80% of cyber attacks.
A major problem with cybersecurity is complacency, because as businesses we receive so many cyber threats it's difficult to know which one is a priority, what is the impact and where should you focus your limited resources?
Barely a week goes by without news of a major cyber-attack being reported, and the stakes have never been higher it seems.
Data theft has become commonplace; the scale of ransom demands have risen steadily; and cumulatively the environment in which businesses must operate is becoming increasingly hostile.
While businesses in the hospitality industry don’t have the same volume of transactions as sectors like retail, actually per customer they collect substantially more personal data and the transactions are generally larger.
Small businesses in the UK are the target of an estimated 65,000 attempted cyber- attacks every day, according to new figures from a study from Hiscox, a specialist insurer.
Scams and cyber-attacks have become a fact of life for businesses in the UK. Firms are being targeted with bogus phone calls and emails by scammers trying to steal money, confidential data or sensitive information.