Forum to help Irish businesses understand and combat cyber-crime

More than half of Irish companies don't provide regular cyber-security training to their staff.

Recent research from Data Solutions found that almost half view staff as one of the two biggest sources of data breaches, while only 21 percent of respondents said that cyber-criminals were the most likely to be behind a breach. Despite the rise in global cyber-attacks, 15 percent said they haven't made changes to their cyber-security in the last year.

“It's worrying to see that there has been an almost 10 percent increase in the number of organisations opting not to offer training around cyber-security risks to staff, as the number of cyber-attacks has been increasing year-on-year,” said David Keating, security sales manager at Data Solutions.

It was discovered that 20 percent of Irish businesses have been held to ransom. Senior IT decision makers from Irish businesses are concerned about the risk of data loss or disclosure, with 55 percent saying it was their main concern. Other concerns included DDoS attacks which recently affected the Irish government, public sector websites and the national lottery.

“The results of this survey present an interesting and worrying picture of the current state of the Irish information security landscape and the approaches being taken by companies to protect themselves,” said Michael O'Hara, group managing director of Data Solutions.