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Research commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), revealed that the number of cyber attacks hitting businesses has increased over the last year.
The Information Security Breaches Survey found some attacks caused more than £1 million of damage.
It showed 87% of small firms experienced a security breach last year, up 10% and 93% of large organisations had also been targeted.
To help guard against these attacks, which can cost a small business 6% of its turnover, government is offering further funding and guidance.
The Technology Strategy Board has extended a scheme to allow small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to bid for up to £5,000 to improve their cyber security.
BIS is also publishing a guide to help small businesses improve their cyber security and make it part of their business risk management process.
Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said: “Keeping electronic information safe and secure is vital to a business’s bottom line.” “Companies are more at risk than ever of having their cyber security compromised, in particular small businesses, and no sector is immune from attack. But there are simple steps that can be taken to prevent the majority of incidents.”
“The package of support we are announcing today will help small businesses protect valuable assets like financial information, websites, equipment, software and intellectual property, driving growth and keeping UK businesses ahead in the global race.”
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