According to a recent Government survey conducted by Ipsos Mori, more than 2.5 million businesses were targeted by hackers in the past year.
The research found that the most common attacks were through staff receiving fraudulent emails.
Security breaches are a significant concern for businesses - particularly given the damage a breach can cause to a firm's reputation. Customers and clients want to know that their information and data is safe. Once this has been brought into question, it is hard to regain trust.
Businesses need to prepare for data breaches and also consider how to manage their reputation if the worst does happen and they are unsuccessful at warding off an attack by hackers.
Hackers have attacked more than 2.5million businesses in the last year, according to an official survey which highlights the shocking extent of cyber-crime. Around 46 per cent of firms suffered a digital assault, the Ipsos Mori poll for the Government shows. There are 5.5million companies in the UK, according to a separate Parliamentary report, suggesting around 2.5million were hit. The most common attacks were caused by staff being sent fraudulent emails claiming to be from a trusted source such as HMRC.