Cybercrime survey exposes SMEs as aware but unprepared

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We hear a lot about cybercrime at the minute. Hacks, data theft and ransomware attacks are very much the digital flavour of the day.

Which got us thinking. We know businesses are at an ever-increasing risk of a cyber-attack, because risk is our business, and we’ve seen the figures. It’s why we offer cyber liability insurance.

But how many small businesses out there know? And how many of them have a plan of action in place for if (when?) the worst happens and they fall victim to cybercrime?


Night terrors

We decided to find out, and a survey of 500 small-to-medium UK businesses conducted on our behalf by Opinium threw up some interesting results.

It revealed that a lot of you are, in fact, anxious about cybercrime. So much so that nearly a fifth of you are losing sleep over it, while a third believe an attack is more a matter of ‘when’ than ‘if’.

All apart from sole traders, that is. They appear to be largely in denial, with nearly three-quarters believing an attack is unlikely.

But even among those of you concerned about cybercrime, not many of you are doing anything about it. In fact, most of you say you’ll wait until something actually happens before taking action.

Other factors the survey highlighted as affecting small business’ degree of cyber readiness include geographical location and the age of the owner. The sector a business operates in also has a role to play.


Alarm bells

SMEs do need to wake up to the financial implications of cybercrime however, with research by Hiscox putting the average cost of an attack at not far off £26,000.

And with almost three-quarters of the businesses we surveyed admitting they have no reserves put aside to cope with the consequences of cybercrime, it might be time for SMEs to start putting some serious contingency plans in place.

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