New Report Shows Huge Growth in UK Cyber Crime
Security firm Symantec’s latest Internet Security Threat Report makes grim reading.
Professional Cyber Criminals
One shocking aspect of the evolving and ever more sophisticated world of cyber crime is the adoption of corporate best practices and the establishment of professional businesses by cyber criminals.
Same Day Attacks
Professional cyber criminal gangs have been particularly successful in actively searching for and finding software, hardware or firmware vulnerabilities, and exploiting them on the same day. 3 out of 4 websites globally for example have unpatched vulnerabilities. The Symantec reports shows that these so-called ‘zero-day’ attacks have showed a 125% increase in 2014 to 2015.
Malware Up & A Big Year For Data Breaches
Not only did malware increase 36% in the same year with 430 million malware variants, but 2015 saw record breaking data breaches reach 191 million record with 9 mega-breaches involving more than 10 million records each. Over 80% of companies however chose not to report the records that were lost which means that in reality breaches could actually have exceeded half a billion!
The Old Ones Are The Best
The Symantec study confirmed that like the rest of us, cyber criminals like a degree of certainty that their efforts will pay off. This is why methods like fake technical support scams saw a 200% increase, although even this crime has had an update thanks to the addition of fake warning messages smart phones prompting the owners to call the (criminal) call centres.
What Does This Mean For Your Business?
These latest figures highlight the need for all businesses to take a serious and professional approach to their own IT and cyber security as soon as possible.