Activity Finds 80% of UK Companies Have Increased Cyber Attacks

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Activity, an independent security specialist, today published a survey of 100 representatives of public and private sector organisations showing that more than 80% believe that they are subjected to increasing types and levels of threat from Cyber Attack.

more emphasis needs to be placed on discovering successful attacks and having robust procedures in place to respond to attacks

Activity, an independent security specialist that helps commercial and public sector organisations protect their business operations, data networks, business information and online assets (http://www.activityim.co.uk) has today issued a survey of 100 UK public and private sector organizations in which 83% stated that they believe that they are under increasing threat of Cyber Attack showing that this is of increasing concern within the UK.

The survey showed that the biggest concerns were disruption to business services and damage to corporate reputation at 35% each. The biggest concern amongst respondents was staff failing to adhere to corporate security polices (40%).

Neil O’Connor, Managing Director of Activity commented: “The growing concerns of the consequences of Cyber Attack leading to business interruption and loss of corporate reputation shows that current approaches to information security need to be modified. As well as defending systems from attack, more emphasis needs to be placed on discovering successful attacks and having robust procedures in place to respond to attacks. However, the human element is still one of the major concerns showing that more effort is needed to address the information security culture in many organisations.

“Our advice is to implement an Information Security Management System based upon the International Standard ISO 27001 which provides a framework within which to address key security issues including identifying attacks, responding to a security attack and changing the information security culture within an organisation.”

The increasing threat to UK organisations from Cyber Attack needs to be addressed by better information security management using established standards such as ISO 27001.

About Activity

Established in 2004, Activity is an independent security specialist that helps commercial and public sector organisations protect their business operations, data networks, business information and online assets. Activity provides professional expert advice on best practice information security, business continuity and penetration testing to a wide range of organisations from mid-sized companies to world-leading enterprises, government and the wider public sector. Activity’s clients include HM Government, Ministry of Defence, NHS, and many major private sector companies.

Activity is a member of the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST) and the CESG CHECK Scheme. Many of its consultants are members of CESG CLAS scheme for security consultancy advice. All of Activity’s services are independently certified to comply with the international standards for quality (ISO 9001) and information security management (ISO 27001). For more information please visit: http://www.activityim.co.uk

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