Cyber attacks are becoming more frequent and evolving according to the latest Cyber Security Breaches Survey, published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).

Almost half of UK businesses (46%) and a quarter of charities (26%) in the survey reported that they had seen an attack or breach in the past 12 months. The survey also highlights there has been a rise in phishing attacks (from 72% to 86%) but a drop in viruses or a form of malware (from 33% to 16%).

A big positive outlined in the survey is that of greater board engagement. Eight in ten businesses have reported that cyber security is a high priority for their senior leaders. This is something the NCSC’s Board Toolkit set out to try and achieve.

It is worth highlighting that a greater number of reported attacks may also mean that businesses and charities are getting better at recognising attacks. Either way, improving cyber security resilience should be a key priority for any organisation.

The NCSC has produced guidance that will actively help and support companies from the biggest organisation to the smallest charity:

Fraud and scam warning issued during coronavirus outbreak

Law enforcement, the government, and private sector partners are urging the public to remain vigilant against coronavirus related fraud.

There is evidence of cyber criminals using a range of online techniques to trick people into handing over money or reveal sensitive information.

Example scams include the targeting of people looking to buy medical supplies, those looking for health advice, and encouraging people to donate money to fake charities.

The government has issued advice to help prevent these scams:

  • Stop: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
  • Challenge: Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
  • Protect: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud.

The NCSC has published guidance for the public to further reduce their risk of falling victim to an online scam: