Businesses face an increasing vulnerability to cyber-attacks [2], surpassing the risks of physical theft or fire. Research from insurance provider Aviva reveals that one in five UK businesses fell victim to a cyber attack or incident in the past year. Small businesses are particularly at risk [1], with a 10% chance of experiencing a cyber incident [2], while large corporate businesses face an even higher risk at 35% [2].


The repercussions of a cyber attack are significant [1], including operational disruption [1], data loss [1], and system lockdowns [1]. On average, businesses claim £21,000 per incident, but costs can be much higher [1]. While half of UK businesses are confident in handling cyber incidents, 20% admit to not knowing what to do [1]. Failure to report incidents can result in fines of up to £8.7 million or 2% of global turnover [1], and small businesses may be non-compliant with data protection laws. Surprisingly, only 17% of small businesses have cyber insurance [1], and a similar proportion is unaware of its existence [1]. This highlights the importance of cyber resilience and the need for businesses to implement best practices to protect against cyber threats [2].


The impact of cyber incidents on businesses is significant, with potential financial losses, legal consequences, and reputational damage. It is crucial for businesses, especially small ones, to prioritize cyber resilience and take proactive measures to safeguard their operations and data. This includes investing in cyber insurance, educating employees on best practices, and staying updated on the latest security measures. As cyber threats continue to evolve, businesses must remain vigilant and adapt their strategies to effectively mitigate risks.