The new National Cyber Security Centre and the National Crime Agency this week issued a warning about the “significant and growing” cyber threat to UK businesses.
According to their joint report, The Cyber Threat to UK Business, “the UK has been hit by 188 high-level attacks which were serious enough to warrant NCSC involvement” in the three months since the NCSC was created, and “the past year has been punctuated by cyber attacks on a scale and boldness not seen before.”
The report explains that there are three features that underpin current cyber threat trends:
These factors “amount to a significant cyber threat to UK business.”
Worse, the threat can easily be mitigated. Indeed, “most commonly exploited vulnerabilities in 2016 were well known” and organisations were leaving themselves “unnecessarily vulnerable”.