Probrand research found 43 percent of UK businesses surveyed had reported cybersecurity breaches or attacks in the last yeah.
Of the surveyed businesses who suffered a breach in the last 12 months, it was found that more than half (52 percent) had open Wi-Fi networks and or devices.
Furthermore, only 23 percent of the surveyed employees were aware that infiltration could take place through devices such as printers and scanners.
Only one in ten of the companies surveyed actively check their printers and scanners for malware as part of their security checks.
Probrand marketing director Matt Royle said 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 unsecured ‘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 needs to be an area of focus with a look at endpoint security, mobile device management and firewalls amongst other measures to check”, Royle said.