The volume of cyberattacks on UK businesses fell by four per cent in the third quarter of 2022, but remains high by historical standards, according to internet service provider Beaming.
UK firms each experienced an average of 169,824 attempts to breach their systems between July and September, the equivalent of one every 47 seconds.
“Cyberattack levels leapt to an all-time high when workers went home during Covid-19 and have remained elevated ever since,” said Sonia Blizzard, managing director of Beaming. “It’s encouraging to see attacks fall over the summer, but firms should continue to be vigilant.
“Business leaders must ensure they are doing everything they can to avoid exposing their people, assets, customers and business partners to greater risk. We are seeing more businesses investing in next-generation firewalls, unified threat management devices and intrusion detection systems to improve their online resilience.”
Beaming identified 341,750 internet protocol addresses used to attack businesses during the summer months. Of these, 88,625 were traced to locations in China, 21,449 in the USA and 16,083 in India. It also found that hackers most frequently targeted remote-control services and networked devices, web applications and file-sharing services.