New survey report confirms that cyber attacks are becoming more frequent and sophisticated

Published: Wednesday, 12 September 2018 08:02

92 percent of UK companies surveyed have been breached in the last 12 months and almost half (44 percent) have been breached between three and five times, according to a new cyber crime report from Carbon Black.

According to the report, cyber attack frequency has risen, with 82 percent of UK businesses surveyed reporting an increase in attempted attacks against their organizations during the past year. 91 percent of surveyed UK businesses also said that attacks are becoming more sophisticated, leveraging techniques such as lateral movement, counter incident response, and island hopping.

The report notes that spear phishing, ransomware, weak security processes, outdated software, commodity malware, crypto jacking, and supply chain attacks are all contributing to data breaches in the UK.

The news is not all bleak, though. Two thirds of UK organizations in the survey said they have pro-actively conducted threat hunting in the past year to strengthen their defences. Within companies that actively threat hunt, more than 90 percent said threat hunting had toughened their defences.

Survey methodology

Carbon Black commissioned an independent research organization, Opinion Matters, to conduct the survey in August 2018. More than 250 UK CIOs, CTOs and CISOs were surveyed from companies from a range of vertical industries including financial, healthcare, government or local authority, retail, manufacturing, food and beverage, oil and gas, professional services, media and entertainment.

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