December 30, 2016
With the increasing amount of technology being adopted into our lives, a rising threat runs parallel, with cyber criminals relentlessly deploying new tactics to hack online systems, steal data and generally exploit individuals, businesses and government institutions. According to a report by ESG and the Information Systems Security Information (ISSA), there were a total of 254 publicly disclosed data breaches last year exposing almost 160 million records of personally identifiable information.
But it’s not just the number of attacks which is worrying; it’s also how widespread the targets of cyber criminals are. Over the past 18 months, there have been several high profile security breaches affecting companies from a range of industries including banking (Tesco Bank), accounting (Sage) and telecommunications (TalkTalk). With a lack of cyber security professionals in the market, does the UK have a chance in the fight against cybercrime?