February 2024 had 712 cyber breaches accounting for more than 719 million records being compromised.

This compares to a whopping 4,645 cyber incidents in January 2024, with more than 29 billion records breached.

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Growing number of cyber attacks per day

According to Security Magazine, there are over 2,200 cyber attacks every day which breaks down to nearly 1 cyberattack every 39 seconds.

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The rising cost of cyber crime

  • Small businesses experienced a 42% increase in breaches
  • Cybercrime costs rose by almost 400%
  • Phishing was the most common way businesses fell prey to cyber criminals in 2023.

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Cyber skills gap

Recent UK statistics paint a stark picture of the cyber skills gap; a tangible problem that poses significant risks for businesses

  • Half (50%) of the nation’s businesses are facing a basic cyber security skills gap
  • One-third (33%) have an advanced cyber security gap

Increase in ransomware

Ransomware trends signal further woes for UK financial services as there has been an increase in ransomware incidents in the first half of 2023.

  • The FCA received 51 cyber incident reports in 2023 (classified as material incidents), up 10% compared to 2022.
  • Twice as many ransomware incidents were reported in 2023 compared to the same period in 2022.
  • Nearly a third of all cyber incidents reported were categorised as ransomware.