A U.K. government report, published on Wednesday, claimed that cyber breaches and attacks dropped last year, due (at least in part) to tougher data regulation
Unfortunately, those that are being hit more often, and so attacks are actually on the increase. The 'Cyber Security Breaches Survey' reported that although "32% of businesses identified a cybersecurity attack in the last 12 months," that was "down from 43% the previous year." But almost half of those attacked were attacked monthly.
Ironically, the report was released just as the U.K.'s National Cyber Security Centre acknowledged "a cyber incident affecting some U.K. organizations in late 2018." Sky News reported that "Iran is being blamed for a wave of cyberattacks that targeted key parts of the U.K.'s national infrastructure in a major assault just before Christmas."
The good, the bad and the scary
Speaking about the cyber survey, Clare Gardiner, Director of Engagement at NCSC, said "we are committed to making the U.K. the safest place to live and do business online and welcome the significant reduction in the number of businesses experiencing cyber breaches... However, the cybersecurity landscape remains complex and continues to evolve, and organizations need to continue to be vigilant."
It would seem so. The attack by Iran in December is believed to have impacted "private sector companies, including banks," with the "personal details belonging to thousands of employees stolen, including the email address and mobile phone number of the Post Office chief executive Paula Vennells... The mobile phone numbers of at least 10 peers and MPs were [also] among the compromised data."
According to Sky News, "Analysis by cybersecurity experts in California has concluded that a group connected to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard was responsible for this attack and the attack on the parliamentary network in 2017."