87% of smaller businesses suffered a data breach in 2013 – UK Government Study

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Looking at the Department for Business Innovation & Skills 2013 Information Security Breaches Survey

It states that 93% of large organisations suffered a data breach in 2013

87% of smaller businesses suffered a data breach, up from 76% in 2012. This supports the comments of some security experts, who state that small to medium businesses have a false sense of cyber-security.

The overall numbers of attacks also increased, with large companies experiencing an average of 113 breaches, and smaller enterprises reporting an average of 17. Both of these numbers are up by almost 50 per cent on 2012 figures.

What’s worse – the financial burden of data breaches and web-based security attacks has also increased. The worst security breaches are currently costing large companies an average of £450,000 to £850,000 each, while smaller businesses typically experienced losses of between £35,000 and £65,000

57% of Small Businesses lost data through staff related issues

Security, it appears is bad and getting worse!

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