Official Statistics

Cyber security breaches survey 2022

An annual survey detailing the cost and impact of cyber breaches and attacks on businesses, charities and educational institutions.



The government has surveyed UK businesses, charities and educational institutions to find out how they approach cyber security and gain insight into the cyber security issues they face. The research informs government policy on cyber security and how government works with industry to build a prosperous and resilient digital UK.

For more information you can read the press notice.


30 March 2022

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 2021 and January 2022. Qualitative follow up interviews took place in December 2021 and January 2022.

Geographic coverage


Further Information

The survey is part of the government’s National Cyber Strategy. Cyber security guidance and information for businesses, including details of free training and support, can be found on the National Cyber Security Centre website.

The survey was carried out by Ipsos UK.

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.

Contact information

The responsible analyst and statistician for this release is Maddy Ell. For any queries please contact

Published 30 March 2022
Last updated 11 July 2022 + show all updates
  1. Added new infographics for small businesses, large businesses and charities.

  2. Added an infographic displaying the key findings for businesses. Adding an HTML version of the education annex.

  3. First published.