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The cyber threat landscape

15 April 2016

Cyber security

The cyber threat landscape 

Cyber attacks do come in many guises and their impact can be far reaching, and cyber security is very much a business as well as a technology issue.

The Office for National Statistics issued figures for the year ending June 2015 that make disturbing reading about the size of cyber crime and fraud leading directly to a debate about how policing resources should be allocated in the future. It should be noted that these are only cases reported to the authorities; the real figure is almost undoubtedly higher.

• Computer misuse 2,460,000 cases
• Unauthorised access to personal information (incl hacking) 404,000 cases
• Computer Virus 2,057,000 cases
(Source; National Office for Statistics, year ending June 2015)


While this threat landscape sounds depressing, it has presented the UK with an opportunity to use its expertise to take advantage of this and lead the world. For Cheltenham, the home of GCHQ, there is an excitement in the growth of a cyber hub there.

An IoD report supported by Barclays has been produced and makes for interesting (and worrying reading). Download the report and other useful information including the Government’s 10 steps cyber security guidance.


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