According to new statistics from Beaming, the number of online cyber attacks against UK businesses more than doubled in 2019.
In 2019, the average amount of cyber attacks targeting organisations last year was 576,575, a 152% increase than the 281,094 recorded in 2018. The figure is also the highest it has been since Beaming started analysing attacks in 2016.
The 576,575 equates to UK businesses being subjected to 66 different attacks every hour during 2019.
Of the 1.8 million unique IP addresses identified as being used by cybercriminals to launch attacks on UK businesses during 2019, a fifth of them (18%) was traced to China, 7% to Brazil, 6% to Taiwan, and 5% to Russia.
The most common targets for cybercriminals in 2019 are network device administration tools and IoT applications such as networked security cameras and building control systems, which suffered 92,448 attacks in total last year. Meanwhile, 35,807 attacks targeted file sharing applications.
Sonia Blizzard, managing director of Beaming, said: “2019 was the worst year on record for the sheer volume and variety of cyber attacks experienced by UK businesses. Our analysis indicates that each UK company with an internet connection was attacked online more than once a minute last year. Most of these were completely indiscriminate.
“Most business leaders, particularly at the smaller end of the spectrum, still don’t recognise the threat or incorrectly assume that their broadband router and antivirus systems will be sufficient to keep them safe. With the number of companies falling victim to cybercrime increasing each year, it is clear that most need to do more to protect themselves.
“We advise businesses to put in place multiple layers of protection, use methods such as two-factor authentication, and to secure their data while it travels over the internet.”
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