Matthew Hancock, UK Cabinet Office Minister, warned of the UK government being under “constant and relentless” sophisticated cyberattacks, citing Sony, TalkTalk and the OPM to prove his point.
Talking at IA15, the UK government’s flagship security conference, he said that the ongoing bombardment of UK systems, although it doesn’t make the headlines, is a real and persistent threat. He went on to say that “Last year, 90 percent of large businesses reported an information security breach. But it’s not just business. On average, 33,000 malicious emails are blocked at the gateway to the government’s secure internet every single month,”.
Hancock claimed the average cyberattack against a big company was causing £1.5 million – over double last year’s figure of £600,000. However he voiced fears the real figure may be higher as 70% of UK businesses did not report their biggest breach of the last 12 months.
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