Four out of five Irish SMEs were a victim of cyber crime in the past 12 months

According to a report published by the Irish Small and Medium Enterprise (ISME) Association, four out of five Irish SMEs have been vicitm of cyber crime in the past 12 months. this figure is marginally down from 82% last year.

The survey of almost 900 SMEs revealed that nearly one third of all companies were affected by computer-related crime, excluding spam or phishing emails, and 62% of companies were affected by computer-related crime, excluding spam or phishing emails, and 62% of companies were affected by virus infection (up from 42%0, whereas data theft only affected 5% of organisations.

98% of the organisations surveyed called for the establishment of a national cyber crime group in Ireland, similar to the National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) in the UK.

One of the most worrying statistics from the report is that 20% of businesses don’t change their passwords on a regular basis. This is one of the simplest preventative measures any business can implement and should be a policy in all companies.

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