Most UK Retailers Plan to up Cybersecurity

The majority of UK retailers are planning to increase cybersecurity measures during the Christmas season.

A survey, commissioned by IT automation and security firm Infoblox, has revealed some 63% of UK and 62% of German retailers claimed to increase cybersecurity measures during the holiday season.

The main reason cited for the increase by one-third of respondents in these countries was a seasonal rise in social engineering attacks, which were also identified as a dominant concern for 25% of IT professionals in the Netherlands’ retail sector.

Other kinds of attack cited were social media scams, distributed denial of service and ransomware.

Social media scams were of most concern in the US (19%), followed by the UK (15%), the Netherlands (14%) and Germany (12%).

DDoS attacks were of greatest concern in the Netherlands (20%), followed by Germany (17%), the UK (12%) and the US (7%).

Ransomware was of greatest concern in the US (12%), followed by Germany (11%), the UK (10%) and the Netherlands (9%).

The research found that among the main threats posed to networks within the UK were unpatched security vulnerabilities (28%), online consumers themselves (25%) and internet-connected devices.

Within the UK, artificial intelligence (43%) was cited as the technology most likely to be implemented within the next year, followed by internet-connected devices (25%), portable media technology (24%), omni-channel technology (23%) and augmented reality (17%).

The majority of decision-makers in the UK (55%) said they were concerned about new technologies, in stark contrast to those in the Netherlands, where only 20% claimed to be concerned.

The survey also polled consumers on their experiences and attitudes towards online data privacy and security while shopping online.

The UK is the most complacent, with just one in five taking no proactive action to protect their data. German consumers are more cautious when shopping online, with more than half (53%) shopping only on secured Wi-Fi networks.  

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