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Cyber Security Breaches Survey

The Government's annual cyber security survey detailing the costs and impacts of cyber breaches and attacks on organisations.


Cyber Security Breaches Survey - Ipsos MORI


The Government is undertaking a survey of UK businesses and charities to find out how they approach cyber security and learn more about the cyber security issues they face. The research informs Government policy on cyber security and how the Government works with industry and charities to make the UK one of the most secure places to do business online.

Ipsos MORI has been commissioned to carry out the survey fieldwork. This is taking place by telephone from October 2017 to November 2017.

During this period some organisations will be called by an Ipsos MORI interviewer from their Edinburgh office (their number will be 0131 561 4532) inviting them to take part.

The Government and Ipsos MORI can give the following reassurances about the survey:

  • Taking part is totally confidential and anonymous for all individuals and organisations.

  • The survey is not technical and participants do not need any specific IT knowledge.

  • Ipsos MORI would still like to speak to businesses and charities even if they have not had any cyber security issues, to help ensure the findings are representative of all organisations.

Further information and tips on how to prepare for your interview can be found on the study website

Who is being invited to take part?

Businesses and charities across the UK have been selected at random from the Government’s Inter-Departmental Business Register and charities have been selected from the Charity Commission database in England and Wales, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, and the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland. Within these organisations, Ipsos MORI is inviting the senior person with the most knowledge or responsibility when it comes to cyber security to take part. In some organisations this might be a specific individual or Head of Department, while in other organisations it might be the business owner or one of the charity trustees.

What does participation involve?

Participation will involve a telephone interview with an interviewer from Ipsos MORI. On average interviews last around 20 minutes, though the actual interview length may vary depending on the answers that you give. The interview will take place at a time that is convenient for you.

How can organisations prepare for the survey?

To help those invited to take part prepare for the interview Ipsos MORI has reproduced some of the questions which appear in the survey on the study website.

Published 4 October 2016
Last updated 6 October 2017 + show all updates
  1. This has been updated with the latest dates of the 2018 survey.
  2. First published.