Cyber attacks in UK finance sector skyrocket, finds FCA
In a recent report, The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) noted that 819 new cases of cyber attacks in the UK finance sector were reported in 2018, a dramatic increase from only 69 cases the year before.
The statistics by FCA broke down the reports further by classifying them based on the institutions, and it appeared that apart from banks, other financial institutions reported an increase in cyber attacks as well.
Fifty-nine percent of the complaints came from the retail banking sector, while financial institutions reporting cybersecurity incidents including wholesale financial markets (14 percent), retail investment firms (6 percent), retail lending (6 percent) and insurance companies (6 percent).
Given the nature of the potentially lucrative private information handled by financial services firms, they are an obvious target for attackers.
For this reason, the industry has invested heavily in cybercrime security awareness in recent years. As a result, often the most effective entry method is via lost or compromised devices and insider threats. But that’s not to say malware and hacking don’t also play a role in security breaches.
Hackers are way ahead
According to Simon Rodway, the lead for pre-sales solution for Entersekt Ireland & UK, cybercriminals employ the latest technology and leverage extensive organizational networks and infrastructure to maximize their impact.
He also noted that cyber attacks move in waves; where attacks at a region might have appeared in another region before.
At present, cybersecurity professionals focus on present threats or those that they receive alerts to, which may be a contributor to the problem; “This means that fraudsters have a long time to exploit a vulnerability before that hole is closed globally and they have to find another.”
The cybersecurity industry is aware of these trends and they work to provide proper solutions for their end users.
However, reliance on legacy technology only hold these implementations back longer. “Cost savings and reliance on legacy security measures with known weaknesses, such as SMS OTPs, for example, can cause problems,” Rodway adds.
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