Cyber-attacks against small and medium businesses soared by 15% during 2022.
- More than half (54%) of SMEs in the UK had experienced some form of cyber-attack in 2022, up from 39% in 2020.
- 18% of SMEs said their business was not protected with cybersecurity software.
- Almost 1-in-5 (19%) of SMEs polled said that an average cyber-attack could cost their business up to £4,200.
- Invasion of Ukraine and increased geo-political tensions are thought to be leading causes in increase of cyber-attacks.
- Vodafone calls on the UK Government to do more to raise awareness of current initiatives to support the delivery of local cybersecurity skills.
Over half of UK SMEs (54%) have experienced some form of cyber-attack in recent months a new report by Vodafone Business has found. Similar earlier research, conducted by Vodafone, found 39% of SMEs had experienced some form of cyber-attack in 2020, indicating a rising risk for SMEs at a time when more people work remotely and many businesses depend on digital technology.
Vodafone’s study also found that one third (33%) of SMEs had seen the number of attempted cyber-attacks against their business increase, whilst just 18% had seen the number go down.