Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2017
Date: Jul 26, 2017
Businesses increasingly see Cyber Security as an important issue
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) commissioned 2017 survey, again highlights that virtually all UK businesses covered by the survey are exposed to cyber security risks. Since 2016, the proportion with websites (85%) or social media pages (59%) has risen (by 8 and 9 percentage points respectively), as has the use of cloud services (from 49% to 59%). This year’s survey also establishes that three-fifths (61%) hold personal data on their customers electronically.
In this context, three-quarters (74%) of UK businesses say that cyber security is a high priority for their senior management, with three in ten (31%) saying it is a very high priority. The proportion noting it as a very low priority is lower than in 2016 (down from 13% to just 7%) – a change mainly seen among the micro and small business population.
Factors that drive home the importance of cyber security for businesses, include:
* The specific threat of ransomware, which has underscored the value of any electronic data that businesses hold, not just personal or financial data
* Having a senior individual in charge of cyber security – someone who can have direct contact with senior managers and can influence decision-making within the business
* Board members being educated on the topic, enabling them to share knowledge and best practice across the different businesses they are involved in
* People being more exposed to cyber attacks, such as phishing scams, in their personal lives.