Businesses in the UK are more concerned about cyber-attacks now than they were a year ago, according to the latest Close Brothers Business Barometer research.
Two thirds of SMEs (67%) said they were more worried about cyber security threats now, with a third of these (31%) reporting that they were significantly so.
The figures were collected after several high-profile data breaches and other attacks were reported in 2018. Large and well-known enterprises were affected, including British Airways, Ticketmaster and Facebook.
Companies in London were most likely to be perturbed, with over 85% saying their concern had increased over the previous 12 months. In Yorkshire (75%), the North West (73%) and the North East (72%), business leaders were also more nervous about the issue now. Those in the South East were least likely, with just over half saying that they were more worried now than they were at the end of 2017.