The increasing digitisation of industry plays a vital role in business growth. But it also brings risk.
Cybercrime targets victims from private individuals to large corporates, through various forms of phishing and illicit installations of malware. The results are lost income, reputational damage, financial loss and ransomed data. One million UK cases of cybercrime were reported to Action Fraud last year alone 1.
While the majority of criminals have quite basic technical capabilities, attacks are increasingly enabled by sophisticated tools available in the online criminal marketplace. With some criminal groups even industrialising their activities, cybercrime is evolving and growing fast.
'Ransomware' attacks have grown, leveraging threats to publish data online, or block its use. Targeted fraud is a rising cost for individuals and businesses. Other attacks are random and speculative - successfully gambling on high volume for a result 2.
With a top-ranking score for online security in a recent survey of high street banks 3, we want to help you build your cybercrime knowledge and help you stay safe online. Print our short guide for SMEs, download our Five Top Rules for reducing your risk, or read more detail on the pages below.