British businesses experienced 168,305 cyber-attacks each in the second quarter of 2022, according to Beaming, a specialist business ISP. On average, companies experienced a new attempt to breach their firewalls every 47 seconds between April and June.
Beaming’s analysis reveals that, with 60,605 cyber-attacks, May was the busiest month for malicious online activity experienced by businesses since March 2021. However, this spike occurred during a broader period of falling cyber-attack activity, which declined by 3% in the quarter.
Beaming identified 309,499 IP addresses used to launch cyber-attacks on UK businesses during the second quarter. Its analysts traced 61,786 cyber-attacks to locations in China and also identified large numbers of attacking IP addresses in the USA (22,383), India (12,911) and Taiwan (11,776). Hackers targeted remotely controlled devices, web applications and file-sharing services most frequently.
Sonia Blizzard, Managing Director of Beaming, said: “Although the volume of cyber-attacks on UK businesses fell slightly during the second quarter of 2022, the threat remains high and constant. Malicious May was an important reminder that businesses of all sizes should be vigilant.”
“Company firewalls and IT systems remain under constant pressure. You should do so now if you haven’t reviewed your cybersecurity and intrusion detection measures in the last 12 months,” she concluded.