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In 2018 two out of three business fell victim to a cyber attack

In 2019 Sophos, a supplier of antivirus and encryption products, surveyed 3,100 IT managers across 12 countries. The independent study, carried out by UK based research house Vanson Bourne, revealed a number of insights into the types of cyber attacks and the problems they cause businesses.

Key Points of the Sophos Study

  • In 2018 two out of three business fell victim to a cyber attack
  • Main concerns for IT managers are: data loss, cost and damage to the business
  • Email is the most common form of attack, followed closely by web and vulnerabilities
  • IT managers consider the top security risks to be: phishing emails, software exploits and people (staff, contractors, visitors)

What can you do?

  • Train employees on the best practices for cyber safety - check out our blog post on phishing scams and how to avoid them
  • Ensure your software and operating systems are always up to date - if you are still running Windows 7 PCs or servers with Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 read our blog post on Microsoft end of support or contact us
  • Safeguard your data by ensuring you have the correct backup and DR solution for your needs - check out our blog post on why backups and DR are so important or contact us to see how we can work with you
Source: Sophos Report

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