The introduction of technologies such as mobile devices, cloud computing and rapid availability of software applications means that there is no longer one term to define an online security threat.
A number of government backed schemes help organisations protect themselves against these attacks.
Cyber Essentials is backed by industry including the Federation of Small Businesses and a number of insurance organisations that offer incentives for businesses participating in the scheme.
Businesses with good cyber security practices can use their participation in the scheme to show they take online security seriously.
The Information Security Breaches Survey 2014, commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and carried out by PwC, found that 81% of large organisations suffered a security breach, down from 86% a year ago. 60% of small businesses reported a breach, down from 64% in 2013.
The Open University runs a free online course to help people understand online security and protect their digital life, whether at home or work.