Official Statistics

Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2019

A survey detailing business and charity action on cyber security and the costs and impacts of cyber breaches and attacks.



The Government has surveyed UK businesses and charities to find out they approach cyber security and help them learn more about the cyber security issues faced by industry. The research informs Government policy on cyber security and how Government works with industry to make Britain one of the most secure places to do business online.


3 April 2019

Period covered

Respondents were asked about their approach to cyber security and any breaches or attacks over the 12 months before the interview. Main survey interviews took place between October and December 2018. Qualitative follow up interviews took place in January and February 2019.

Geographic coverage


Further Information

The survey is part of the Government’s National Cyber Security Programme.

Cyber security guidance and information for businesses, including details of free training and support, can be found on the National Cyber Security Centre website and GOV.UK at: and

The survey was carried out by Ipsos MORI and its partner, the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS) at the University of Portsmouth.

The UK Statistics Authority

This release is published in accordance with the Code of Practice for Statistics (2018), as produced by the UK Statistics Authority. The UKSA has the overall objective of promoting and safeguarding the production and publication of official statistics that serve the public good. It monitors and reports on all official statistics, and promotes good practice in this area.

Pre-release access

The document above contains a list of ministers and officials who have received privileged early access to this release. In line with best practice, the list has been kept to a minimum and those given access for briefing purposes had a maximum of 24 hours.


The responsible statistician for this release is Rishi Vaidya. For any queries please contact 020 7211 2320 or

Published 3 April 2019
Last updated 2 July 2019 + show all updates
  1. This publication has been updated on 1 July 2019 to correct for a rounding error in two of the percentage figures reported.

  2. First published.