Gloucestershire is one of the least cyber secure counties in the south west

Gloucestershire has been named as one of the least cyber secure counties in the south west, with over 24,000 cyber attacks in the last 12 months.

By Chloe Gorman  |  Published
There were more than 24,000 cyber attacks on Gloucestershire businesses in the last year.

According to a new report, Gloucestershire is one of the least cyber secure places to do business in the south west.

The report from Excalibur Communications, which references research published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, lists Devon as the least cyber secure county in the region, with Gloucestershire in second place, followed by Cornwall, Somerset and Wiltshire, respectively.

Gloucestershire fell victim to 24,472 cyber attacks in the last 12 months, with 23,570 of those aimed at micro to small businesses and 903 aimed at medium to large businesses in the county.

The research describes a cyber attack as 'a malicious and deliberate attempt by an individual or organisation to breach the information system of another individual or organisation', including phishing attempts, malware, ransomware and denial of service. 

Conversely, the most cyber secure places in the south west were the Isles of Scilly, Torbay, Plymouth, Swindon, and Bath and North East Somerset. 

The report suggests that some of the simplest ways to improve cyber security are activating two-factor authentication; reporting suspicious emails to IT or management; keeping software up-to-date; and being vigilant when clicking on links. 

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