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Five scariest cyber security stats of 2019

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It can be a scary world out there on the internet and it’s never been more important to keep your data safe. However, before you can do that you need to know what the risks are.

In this blog we will give you the five scariest security stats for 2019.

43% of cyberattacks are on SMEs

SMEs often think that because they are not a recognisable brand, they won’t be the target of a cyberattack. This is not the case.

Hackers will often target smaller businesses such as accountants, dentists and solicitors as they may have a small I.T. department making them a much easier target. Then there is the data they hold; accountants for example will hold bank details, national insurance numbers and other sensitive information that could be of huge value to any hacker. Perhaps the scariest part of all though, is the fact that 60% of SMEs go out of business within six months of a cyberattack!

75% of the healthcare industry has been hacked over the last 2 years

The NHS holds sensitive information about practically every person in the UK and it is the number one targeted industry for malware. Not only does the medical industry handle patients’ personal identifiable information, but many attacks could be on the devices (Internet of Things - IoT) that are connected to the hospital network. This is a very serious threat, if certain devices are infected it could easily lead to the death of a patient.

2017 saw the biggest ever attack against the NHS. The so-called ‘WannaCry’ attack cost the NHS £92 million as 19,000 hospital appointments were cancelled across the UK. In April this year, a report found that the NHS is still vulnerable to attacks as it is still using outdated software, and where is the biggest risk? You guessed it, the IoT. To be specific, it found that ultrasound scanners have the highest risk. During a test on the security of a Philips HDI 4000 ultrasound, investigators were able to gain access to the machine’s entire database of patient images. It said the reason for the weakness was the machine using Windows 2000 which no longer receives updates which, due to its “well known security gaps”, leaves it vulnerable to attack.

Hackers stay hidden for 170 days, on average

Nowadays, it's not a matter of if you're going to get hacked, it's more a matter of when. Even with that knowledge, it can still be very hard to protect yourself.

According to recent research, many companies don’t realise they’ve been breached until it is too late and hackers can have access to systems for an average of 170 days before they are discovered. You must have a keen eye and strong I.T. department to see the warning signs early.

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There are two cyberattacks every minute

There is, on average, a cyber-attack every 39 seconds. That means there have been at least two in the time you have been reading this post!

The days where malicious cyber activity required a person to physically attempt to compromise networks are long gone. Now, hackers have password cracking tools and other automated capabilities that require a fraction of the time and minimal effort. Most of these attacks employ automated scripts that indiscriminately seek out thousands of computers at a time, looking for vulnerabilities.

Computers in a study by the University of Maryland were attacked, on average, 2,244 times a day.

Four million files are stolen every day

More of us are storing information digitally than ever before, giving hackers a huge library of data to try and get their hands on. When you break down the 4 million files stolen every day, that means there are 158,727 files stolen every hour, 2,645 every minute, or 44 every second. With so many files stolen each day, it is important to make sure your security measures are up to date and monitored regularly.

What’s more, the tendency to store data in one place, makes it easier for hackers to gain access to files. For example: the common practice of using Facebook to log in to other platforms increases your vulnerability, a recent report cautioned. In one significant Facebook breach last year, hackers accessed “tokens” for 50 million accounts. These tokens keep users logged in automatically, so this one breach could allow criminals to access tens of millions of other accounts.


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