There was an interesting article on the BBC news website this week about the growing threat which UK businesses face from cyber attack.It was reporting the findings of a research study carried out for Hiscox insurance which showed that an astonishing 55% of UK businesses have already faced a cyber attack in 2019, up from 40% of businesses last year. The average cost of each attack is somewhere in the region of £185,000 as well, and that’s before you even start to consider the long term commercial and reputational damage which can come from not being able to service your customers properly.
Apparently, small and medium sized businesses wrongly think they won’t be targeted so don’t spend enough on cyber security and are less likely to have a member of staff assigned to take responsibility for it. However, there have already been several high profile attacks in this industry and we’ve all seen how difficult it is to recover.
I couldn’t be more pleased then that, in the same week that this research was published, Mila received its Cyber Essentials Plus Certificate accredited by CREST to show that our entire internet facing infrastructure has been successfully assessed as being secure.
Cyber Essentials is a government backed scheme which looks at everything from boundary firewalls and access control to malware and anti-virus protection. Our certification represented the culmination of a huge amount of work by our IT teams and, on behalf of Mila and all our customers, I’d like to pass on my personal thanks and congratulations to all of them.