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UK Orgs, Charities Improving in Cybersecurity

April 03, 2019 / Kacy Zurku

Businesses and charities are showing progress in defending against breaches and ensuring General Data Protection Regulation Compliance (GDPR), according to a new report published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2019 found that less than a third (32%) of business and less than a quarter (22%) of charities reported a cybersecurity breach or attack in the last 12 months. The reported number of businesses identifying breaches or attacks is lower than it was in both 2018 (43%) and 2017 (46%). Similarly, the number of breaches or attacks for charities also declined. “While fewer businesses have identified breaches or attacks than before, the ones that have identified them are typically experiencing more of them. These are consistent trends since the 2017 survey...Among the 32% of businesses that did identify any breaches or attacks, the typical (median) number they recall facing has gone up, from 2 attacks in 2017 to 6 in 2019...