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Information security breaches survey 2013: technical report

How information security breaches are affecting UK businesses.


2013 information security breaches survey: technical report

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2013 information security breaches survey: executive summary


Sets out the number and nature of information security breaches experienced by UK business in 2012. The report compares this data with the 2012 information security breaches survey technical report, which looks at breaches in 2011. This shows the scale of cyber security threats facing business and how these have increased. It shows how the average number of breaches has risen for both large and small businesses. Small businesses in particular experience higher levels of attacks from outsiders.

The survey covers:

  • the number of information security breaches experienced by UK businesses
  • the type of breach
  • the financial cost of these breaches

The report also shows how much of a priority information security is for businesses. It covers how companies deal with information security relating to expenditure and staff awareness.

View the key results on the PricewaterhouseCoopers 2013 survey results website. You can filter results by business size, sector and geographical location.

The government has also published guidance for small businesses on cyber security.

Published 23 April 2013