In the 21st century everyone is vulnerable to cyber threats, online and via computers and devices. These threats range from malicious Malware, harmful Trojans, web-based and web application attacks to Botnets and online Phishing. Proving that where there is fantastic technology available to the masses, there are also threats from those taking advantage of it to steal data and private information.
Nearly all businesses rely on their computers and databases, with many being at the beating heart of the company. Which means a cyberattack can be both dangerous and damaging. According to a report by Juniper Research 50% of small businesses have suffered a data breach, with two thirds occurring in the past year.
A cyber security breach can lead to millions of pounds of lost data, costly time, reputation and even customers. Back in October 2015 broadband company Talk Talk were hit with a data breach that led to exposing personal details of 155,000 of their customers. This supports Juniper Research’s report showing there is still naivety about the consequence of a data breach and that a lot more work needs to be done.
With these worrying results of cyber-attacks happening despite companies attempts to protect online data, the government is now pushing to take a more active role in defending against cyber-attacks. In 2015 cyber security was positioned as a priority by the government with plans to double spending, which included the funding of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) that will launch next month.
The new head of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) Ciaran Martin has recently announced that industry and government need to work closely to tackle cyber-crime and that Britain is now moving towards a more active defence strategy to do so. He also declared that the UK is developing a “lawful and carefully governed offensive cyber-capabilities to combat and deter the most aggressive threats”.
This active defence strategy includes a launch of a cybersecurity accelerator created by a partnership with the DCMS (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) , GCHQ (the UK’s intelligence and cybersecurity agency) and the nation’s top tech start-ups to develop new technologies to protect the country against cyber-attacks. This is great news for UK start ups that become involved as they will gain access to GCHQ’s world class technological expertise, allowing them to create innovative products to get ahead of current and emerging cyber threats.
It’s also a plus in terms of the UK economy and the cyber security sector as a whole, as new high tech cyber security facilities set up by Wayra UK, will fast-track new start up firms into the now booming sector that contributed £1.8 billion in exports to the economy last year.
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*Article edited on 23/09/2016