Number of Cyber security breaches reported to the ICO has doubled in a year

14 Sep 2016

Number of Cyber security breaches reported to the ICO has doubled in a year

According to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) the number of cyber security incidents affecting British businesses nearly doubled over the course of a year.

The number of reported incidents jumped from the 1,089 in 2015 to 2,048 over a 12-month period in 2016.

Human Error

The main cause of the sharp rise was due to more people disclosing data in error. Incidents of emailing customer databases to the wrong recipients increased, as did breaches caused by external attackers.

The ICO figures, which were released due to a freedom of information request from Huntsman Security, show that financial firms are most at risk of receiving costly fines from the ICO. Over a third of all fines issued were given to financial organisations, despite the sector only being accountable for 6% of the reported incidents.

The areas that the reported the highest number of incidents were healthcare with 941 incidents and local government with 202 breaches.

The data highlights that more needs to be done to make organisations cyber aware. For example, 70% of all incidents reported by local government were shown to have been the result of human error.

Let’s Talk Cyber 2016

To help increase awareness of cyber security, PGI is holding a unique cyber awareness and training event on October 27. The event will be held at our bespoke cyber academy and will include:

• Talks on Cyber topics from industry including:

Bluefin Insurance

South West Regional Cyber Crime Unit

PGI’s SME Cyber Threat Team

• Cyber Awareness Training Workshops – learn how to manage a cyber-incident

• Live Hacking Demonstrations – learn how criminals hack websites and carry out phishing and social engineering attacks

• Cyber Surgeries: Book in for 1-2-1’s with industry experts and get advice on how to tackle cyber threats in your organisation

• Open Q&A Panel – with Cyber Experts and Industry Leaders

To book your place at the event and receive further information, please send the name of attendees to the following email address:   or call 0845 600 4403

Cyber Security Awareness Training

According to the  UK Government  you can reduce the cyber threat to your organisation by up to 80% by implementing basic cyber security measures.

PGI’s one-day  Cyber Security Awareness course  will give you an increased understanding of cybersecurity; the threats, the risks and most importantly, the strategies to mitigate the dangers.

Cyber Surgery

In order to help SMEs protect themselves from the cyber threat, PGI is launching a ground-breaking service; a FREE  cyber security surgery.

Book into our FREE cyber surgery on 01454 649418, our specialist cyber consultants are happy to help you. 

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