As part of the Keeping the UK safe in Cyberspace, in April the UK Information Security Breaches 2013 was published by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and The Shareholder Executive. Although there is an excellent website to review the survey's findings, as an experiment in using Data Wrapper, I used this free and remarkably intuitive tool to visualise a few interesting elements of the survey...
Social hacking and breaches like the AP Twitter account are by far the most common sort of cyber-security threat. Spotty youths with laptops or activists are not the big threat to small business; the threat to you is about your banking and finance details, your customers' details, data and their payment information. The bad guys are interested in details that can be converted to cash - and that means competitively valuable information like sales reports and new business leads - the cost to trust and reputation also have to be considered.
I spoke about how disruptive technology is changing things for both the consumer and consequentially the SME. The single message that I hoped to leave attendees with was 'think mobile'. With mobile devices accounting for at least 20% of internet traffic now, and we're told these mobile users are more likely to buy, it's critical that business owners prepare themselves to deal with the mobile customer. Why?