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Cyberthreats: Top Concern for Companies

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63 % of companies rank cyber security as their top concern, according to a recent study. As the sophistication and frequency of cyber threats surge, organisations wrestle with the necessity of safeguarding their digital assets in the relentless battle against cyber criminals.

In the fast-paced and interconnected world of business, the digital landscape has become both a playground and a battlefield. As companies navigate the complexities of online transactions, communication, and operations, the shadow of cyber threats looms large. A recent study has shed light on the escalating worries within the corporate landscape, revealing that a staggering 63% of firms are deeply concerned about cybersecurity risks. It comes as no surprise that this has emerged as their top concern, given the increasing frequency and sophistication of cyber-attacks.

The Widespread Threat of Cybersecurity Risks

As technology continues to advance, so too do the methods employed by cybercriminals. Phishing, a deceptive technique where individuals are tricked into divulging sensitive information, remains the most common type of cybercrime. However, when it comes to monetary loss, Business Email Compromise (BEC) has emerged as a formidable opponent.

Cybercrime statistics

The statistics are stark: the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) fielded over 21,000 BEC complaints in 2022, resulting in losses exceeding $2.7 billion. BEC, a nuanced and elaborate scam, preys on both businesses and individuals engaged in fund transfers. 

Cybercriminals compromise legitimate business email accounts through social engineering or computer intrusion techniques, executing unauthorised fund transfers.

The Disturbing Reality of Business Email Compromise

Business Email Compromise (BEC) involves attackers gaining unauthorised access to a company's email system, often through phishing or other social engineering techniques. This can also include registering different variations of a company's domains (e.g.; "brand.io" or use potential typos or misspellings in the url) in order to dupe victims into thinking the email or website are authentic. Once inside a company's email platform, cybercriminals manipulate email communications to deceive employees into transferring funds or sensitive information. This form of cybercrime is deceptive, as it preys on human vulnerabilities and often goes undetected until it's too late.

According to a recent FBI IC3 report, Business Email Compromise (BEC) incidents have surged by a staggering 81% recently, marking a concerning 175% increase over the past two years.

In parallel, reported phishing attacks hit a staggering 255 million, underscoring the growing vulnerability of victims to digital communications from malicious actors. It also underscores the urgent need for robust and comprehensive cybersecurity measures to protect businesses from falling prey to these financially devastating attacks.

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The Human Element: Educating the Workforce

While technological solutions play a crucial role in the fight against cyber threats, it's equally important to address the human element. Employees are often the first line of defence against phishing and BEC attacks. For example, there has been a recent surge in so called "CEO fraud" whereby the cyber-criminal poses as the CEO of a company and employees or company contacts are duped into sharing sensitive data. Therefore, comprehensive training programs are essential to educate staff about the latest cyber threats, recognise red flags, and instil a culture of cybersecurity awareness throughout the organisation.

Safeguarding Tomorrow, Today

The cybersecurity challenges of today are a call for businesses to reevaluate their defence mechanisms in order to be prepared for the future. As technology advances, the need for a unified front against cyber threats becomes even more critical. Businesses, irrespective of size or industry, can no longer afford to view cybersecurity as an afterthought. It is an integral part of operations, and partnering with professional web security agencies, like Abion, is the proactive step needed to ensure a secure digital future.

Using expertise and strategic interventions, these agencies empower businesses to thrive in the digital era, confident that their digital assets are protected against the relentless tide of cyber threats. As we step into the future, the collaborative efforts of businesses and web security agencies will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in securing the digital frontier.

Key takeaways

In the ever-evolving digital landscape, cybersecurity has emerged as the foremost concern for businesses:

  • Growing Concern: A staggering 63% of businesses are deeply concerned about cybersecurity risks, reflecting the escalating worries within the corporate landscape.
  • Rising BEC Threat: Business Email Compromise (BEC) incidents have surged by 81%, marking a concerning 175% increase over the past two years, highlighting the disturbing reality of cyber threats.
  • Defensive Strategies: To counter the escalating threat of BEC, companies should work with specialist web security agencies to adopt a robust and flexible cyber security strategy including specialised solutions like the Email Compromise Protection (ECP) service.

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