Gloucestershire Police said in Dec 2016 that within our county 54 % of all reported crime was cyber related.
In other words, you have a much higher chance of being mugged online in your home or work place than you do wandering around any of our high streets at midnight at the weekend.
According to the latest report by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), there were 5.8 million incidents of cyber crime and fraud in the 12 months up to March 2016, affecting one in 10 people in England and Wales.
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) found last month that small firms are unfairly carrying the cost of cyber crime in an increasingly vulnerable digital economy being collectively attacked seven million times per year, costing the UK economy an estimated £5.26 billion.
Despite the vast majority of small firms (93%) taking steps to protect their business from digital threats, two thirds (66%) have been a victim of cyber crime in the last two years. Over that period, those affected have been victims on four occasions on average, costing each business almost £3000 in total.
The types of cyber crime most commonly affecting small businesses are phishing emails (49%), spear phishing emails (37%), and malware attacks (29%).
Small firms are also concerned about hacking and fraud when the card is not present, with the average information breach setting them back 2.2 days.
However just a quarter of smaller businesses (24%) have a strict password policy, but only four per cent have a written plan of what to do if attacked online, and just two per cent have a recognised security standard such as ISO27001 or the Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme.