07 July 2017
The number of cyber attacks targeting UK-based enterprises increased by more than half in the second quarter of 2017, says a new study from Beaming.
According to the business ISP, companies were, on average, subjected to almost 65,000 internet-borne cyber attacks each in the three months to June, an increase of 52 per cent on the first quarter of 2017.
Beaming says while two thirds (68 per cent) of attacks hitting corporate firewalls targeted connected devices such as networked security cameras and building control systems, there was a “substantial” increase in attacks on company databases.
The company adds that on average, each business experienced 105 attempts to take control of its database applications per day in the second quarter of 2017, compared to just 14 in the first three months of the year.
“Major organisations have been brought to their knees to by global cyber attacks, and our research shows the likes of Wannacry are just the tip of the iceberg”, says Beaming MD Sonia Blizzard.
“UK businesses were targeted more than 700 times each on a daily basis by hackers over the last three months, who focused on hijacking connected devices and databases.”
Blizzard says the majority of attacks are automated computer scripts that search the web for weaknesses and attack company firewalls constantly looking for vulnerabilities.
She advises businesses to keep these vital defences up-to-date, prioritise security over convenience and ensure employees understand both the evolving threat and their cyber security responsibilities.