Nearly two-thirds (61%) of UK small businesses were attacked by cyber criminals last year, according to global cyber security and GDPR compliance platform Naq Cyber.
And one of those hit say they almost had to shut their doors due to the severity and impact of the attack on their business.
But only 10% of UK firms are covered for the threat posed by hackers online, Naq Cyber warns – and 80% of small businesses in the UK think they aren’t of interest to cyber criminals and do not believe they need protection.
With millions of businesses moving online since the pandemic started and many also moving to remote working, not only are attacks more likely but also businesses are open to huge fines for lack of GDPR compliance.
Nadia Kadhim, CEO at Naq Cyber, said: “Any UK business that has clients, employees or suppliers and especially if they have an online solution possess a wealth of personal information…
“Criminals are taking advantage of increased security vulnerabilities to steal data, generate profits and cause disruption.”
Naq Cyber has launched a one-stop platform for small businesses to manage their cyber security and legal compliance essentially a small business information security officer.