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Average number of cyber security breaches in United Kingdom (UK) businesses 2019

This statistic displays the average number of breaches in businesses in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2019. In micro or small businesses, an average of 886 breaches occurred in the last 12 months, whereas medium businesses had an average of 330 security breaches.
A cyber security breach is anything relating to an unauthorized access of data, applications, services, networks. With each passing year, more and more businesses were experiencing cyber security breaches or attacks.
Concerning the size of businesses, micro businesses had two to nine employees, small businesses had 10 to 49 employees, medium businesses had 50 to 249 employees and large businesses had 250 employees or more.

Average number of cyber security breaches in businesses in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2019

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Release date

April 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

October 10, 2018 to December 20, 2018

Special properties

Respondents are UK business that identified any breaches in the last 12 months*

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

*The source adds the following information: "Data from micro and small firms have been merged to make the analysis more statistically robust"

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