UK suffered over 30 million cyber attacks between October and December

UK suffered over 30 million cyber attacks between October and December

18% of UK public sector organisations suffered over 1,000 cyber attacks each

The UK was targeted with as many as 30 million cyber attacks between October and December last year, with a large number of them being browser-based attacks that took advantage of vulnerabilities in browsers and their plug-ins, security firm Kaspersky Lab has revealed.

Based on an analysis of the various forms of cyber threats its customers encountered in the fourth quarter, the firm revealed that there were as many as 12.1 million different cyber threats encountered by its UK customers, and local attacks also accounted for over half of all cyber attacks that took place in the period.

Over 16 percent of all cyber attacks were browser-based attacks that took advantage of inherent security vulnerabilities in browsers and their plug-ins, but considering that the UK ranked 125th in the world in terms of the number of attacks faced suggests that browser-based attacks aren’t as popular in the UK as they are in other nations.

However, the number of cyber incidents caused by servers in the UK was disproportionately high, with the UK suffering 11.2 million such incidents between October and December and ranking sixth in the world in numbers.

UK organisations highly vulnerable to cyber attacks

Last year, Thales eSecurity’s latest Data Threat Report on European organisations revealed that organisations based in the UK were the hardest hit in 2017 with 37 percent of them suffering at least one incident of data breach followed by those in Germany and Sweden whereas organisations in the Netherlands suffered the fewest data breach incidents, even though 27 percent of organisations in the country were breached.

Despite leading the flock in terms of breach incidents, only 31 percent of organisations in the UK feel ‘very’ or ‘extremely’ vulnerable to data threats compared to 49 percent of organisations in the Netherlands and 36 percent of organisations in Germany.

A survey conducted by security firm VMware also revealed that existing cyber security practices at organisations in the UK were far from perfect as security professionals prioritised the security of certain applications and services, thereby leaving other areas exposed to cyber attacks and malware injections.

Over 70 percent of IT security professionals interviewed by the firm revealed that they were forced to pay disproportionately high attention to the security around e-banking and other applications rather than focussing on all areas of exposure equally.

At the same time, while 9 in 10 of all IT security professionals admitted that they made certain compromises to protect their businesses, thereby leaving other areas exposed, over half of them said that they have had to make such compromises regularly.

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