Finance industry revealed as second least cyber-secure in the UK, according to data

by | Jan 21, 2023

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The UK finance and insurance sector has the second highest number of data breaches of any industry, with over 300,000 cybersecurity breaches in the past year alone. 

And, with photo-sharing apps such as BeReal and Snapchat on the rise, the potential for severe data breaches when these apps are used at work is creating panic across many UK industries.

Interested in identifying the sectors most at risk, the experts at used data from the 2022 Cyber Security Breaches Survey to identify the UK industries with the most cybersecurity breaches.

Key findings:

  • The finance and insurance industry had the second most security breaches in the UK in 2022 with 305,785 data breaches.
  • The information and communication (IT) industry is the least cyber-secure in the UK, hitting the top ranking with 320,060 data breaches in 2022, and a whopping 66.17 average breaches per employee. 
  • The food and hospitality sector is the most cyber-secure, with 5,176 breaches– 60 times less than the IT industry. 

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The UK industry with the most cybersecurity breaches in 2022

RankIndustryAverage no. breaches per employeeNumber of data breaches in the past year
3Retail/ wholesale (including vehicle sales and repairs)11.51183,500
8Professional, scientific/technical0.518,370
9Health, social care/social work0.427,010
10Entertainment, service/membership organisations0.856,238
11Administration/real estate0.055,674

According to Scams.infothe information and communication (IT) industry is the least cyber-secure in the UK, with 320,060 data breaches in the past year. Equating to 66.17 average breaches per employee, IT employees are over 3 times as likely to suffer a cyber security breach than those in the finance and insurance industry (18.45 average breaches). This adds up to IT employees potentially suffering cyber breaches at least once per week each, on average.


With 305,785 data breaches, almost double that of the retail sector (183,500 breaches), the finance and insurance industry had the second most security breaches in the UK in 2022. Equating to 18.45 average annual breaches per employee, finance and insurance employees could be at risk of suffering a cyber attack 1.5 times per month on average.

Food and hospitality industry is the most cyber-secure also found that the food and hospitality industry is the most cyber-secure of all sectors observed, with only 5,176 data breaches in the past year, equating to a miniscule 0.04 breaches per employee. This is a 314,884 drop in data breaches when compared to the IT sector, and 498 fewer annual breaches than the administration and real estate sector in eleventh place.


Web development and cyber security expert Ledi Sallilari from the SEO consulting firm Reboot offered the following tips on the best ways businesses and employees can protect themselves from data breaches at work:

  • “For tech and remote-based industries, the importance of cyber-security training is invaluable. Implementing safe practices when working online can play a vital part in keeping the data of your company, clients and employees safe from attack. 
  • The main cause of online security breaches can be largely put down to human error. Avoid easily guess-able passwords that use identifying information (such as your dog’s name) and opt for the longest passwords possible. If there is an option for your password to be between 8-24 characters, go for 24.
  • Be aware of phishing attacks, and do not open any emails you do not recognise. Some hackers may even impersonate your boss, so it’s always best to double check directly with the alleged sender themselves before actioning anything from a suspicious email.”

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