The recent WannaCry and Petya ransomware attacks over the space of a month have emphasised the importance of preventing system breaches, and of providing an immediate and structured response to breaches.
Recent research in the UK indicates that ransomware attacks 44% of businesses and that 30% of companies suffer daily attacks.
Meanwhile, the average cost of a security breach in the UK is R40,5-million, whilst DDoS attacks costs an average of R500 000 an hour to defend.
The research also indicates that 45% of UK businesses have no cyber security strategy whatsoever. Added to this is that fact that 33% of businesses spend nothing on cyber security, and only 20% of employees have cyber training.
What’s missing is the fact that there is no national comparable research available – but these figures are just as relevant to the South African businesses.
“This recent research is consistent with our own view on the dire consequences of cyber threats to local businesses, and the urgent need to increase the awareness of this across the business community – to all companies, big and small,” says Roi Shaposhnik, head of international sales at Gold N’ Links Cyber.
“There is an urgent need to increase our local defence prevention and mechanisms, especially as this relates to the training and awareness of all personnel – from top to bottom.”