72% of business data breaches came via unsecured wireless devices

UK businesses need to be more aware of the security vulnerabilities their wireless devices present, new research has revealed.

A survey of 1,075 UK workers in full or part-time employment, carried out by technology services provider Probrand.co.uk has revealed that the majority (72%) of companies who suffered a data breach in the last year found that the network infiltration came from an unsecured wireless device, such as a printer, scanner, mobile phone or laptop connected to their Wi-Fi network. 

Recent Probrand research found 43% of UK businesses surveyed had reported cyber security breaches or attacks in the last 12 months.

Of the surveyed businesses who suffered a breach in the last 12 months, it was found that more than half (52%) had open Wi-Fi networks and or devices.

Furthermore, only 23% of the surveyed employees were aware that infiltration could take place through devices such as printers and scanners.

Only one in ten (10%) of the companies surveyed actively check their printers and scanners for malware as part of their security checks.

Matt Royle, marketing director at Probrand comments: “Every device and connection presents an exploitable entry point. Organisations need to take a ‘zero trust’ approach that assumes all devices connected to the network, and the internet, are inherently insecure unless otherwise tested, protected and monitored.

“Cyber-attacks aim to target the weakest point and examples like a wireless webcam, printer or scanner can present an unsecure ‘way in’ to a business’s network. Once in, hackers will exploit the opportunity to make money through whatever means they have at their disposal.”

“The research indicates organisations are not taking this seriously and are running the gauntlet of being hacked via connected devices. This clearly needs to be an area of focus with a look at endpoint security, mobile device management and firewalls amongst other measures to check.”

Probrand is a leading technology services provider, delivering a marketplace that saves users time and money buying IT, and a portfolio of IT services that help businesses be more productive.

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