UK SMEs complacent against Russian cyber threat

More than 50% of small companies in Britain are not taking any precautions against a possible cyber-attack by Russian threat actors.

More than half (58%) of small UK firms are failing to take any precautions against a possible Russian cyber-attack, research has found.

The findings come from the Databarracks 2022 Data Health Check survey of 400 IT decision makers focused on themes of ransomware, cyber, backup, disaster recovery and business continuity.

Barnaby Mote, Managing Director of Databarracks, commented: “The current risk of cyber-attack is high. All organisations, regardless of size, should be taking extra precautions to protect their data.”

By comparison, only 19% of large organisations (500+ employees) surveyed said they weren’t taking any precautions against a Russian cyber-attack.

According to Mote, the most common mitigations, across all sizes of organisation were implement or update antivirus software (40%), implement or update user access controls (35%) and increased frequency of patching and updates (34%).

Mote continued: “Cyber-attacks on larger organisations make headlines. This can give the impression that they’re not happening elsewhere, but smaller organisations also suffer an enormous volume of attacks.”

“Smaller organisations don’t have dedicated cyber security teams like enterprises but that doesn’t mean they are defenceless.” He said that the NCSC has issued guidance on steps to take when cyber threat is heightened. The advice includes logging and monitoring, reviewing backups, reviewing incident plans, checking internet footprint and phishing response, among others.

Mote suggested that companies put more of a focus on ensuring cybersecurity basics are followed. This includes implementing Multi-Factor Authentication, ensuring systems are kept up to date and having reliable off-site backups available.

According to Mote, the most common mitigations, across all sizes of organisation were implement or update antivirus software (40%), implement or update user access controls (35%) and increased frequency of patching and updates (34%).

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