Throughout 2021, cyber security breaches posed an increasingly significant threat, with the number of businesses detecting and reporting incidents growing, and phishing attacks remaining the most common threat vector to industries around the UK. As we move into 2022, the question we at Secure Impact ask is, what will this year look like in terms of cyber incidents? Moreover, can you safely say your company is ready for the worst-case scenario, and does your team have the capabilities to detect and respond to cyber incidents swiftly and effectively?
The UK Government Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2021 reported that four in ten businesses (39%) and a quarter of charities (26%) reported having a cyber security breach or attack in the last 12 months, with medium (65%) and large (64%) businesses more highly targeted. However, whilst most businesses (62%) and charities (69%) took the necessary action to avoid further cyber incidents, almost one third took no action post-incident, such as changing security practices within the organisation to prevent an incident happening again.
In 2022, businesses, executive leaders, and IT teams must recognise that effective incident response plans enhance corporate resiliency. As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, organisations focused on short-term business and IT service continuity, eclipsing debates on cyber security in order to maintain business operations. Cyber security professionals now need to reframe these debates, demonstrating that incident response is an essential component of corporate sustainability.