As digital technology becomes integral to all areas of a business, organisations are becoming increasingly dependent on it. It’s this dependency which can make organisations vulnerable when technology fails, thereby giving attackers more reason and opportunity to strike.
A recent report from the Government has found that over four in ten businesses have experienced a cyber security breach or attack in the last 12 months. The survey, carried out as part of the National Cyber Security Programme also found that 74% of businesses say that cyber security was a high priority for the organisation’s senior management, however, only 27% of these firms have a formal cyber security policy in place.
With the number of cyber related crimes showing no signs of slowing down, businesses need to understand the complexity of cyber-attacks, and the importance of implementing the most appropriate technical defenses in order to help protect and secure their network infrastructures.
What is at risk?
Businesses will often find that confidential information such as client lists, customer databases, and financial details are most at risk when it comes to potential cyber-attacks. Because of this, organisations need to do everything they possibly can to help protect their data and mitigate the threat of attack.
According to IT Pro, cyber security threats are predominantly internal, with 74% of incidents happening within companies. This further highlights the need for businesses to train their employees on best cyber security practice, to ensure that they understand how a minor mistake or oversight can have potential disastrous consequences.
Types of cyber-attacks
With cyber-attacks becoming increasingly complex and occurring in various forms, let’s take a deeper look into some of the biggest risks on our radar.