According to new research by Hiscox, a business insurance provider, UK companies are on average being targeted with 65,000 attempted cyber-attacks every single day.

These worrying figures were uncovered after a study monitored the number of attempted attacks on three so-called ‘honeypot’ computer systems which are representative of those used by SMEs across the nation.

Whilst at the lower end of the scale only 900 attacks were being carried out on a daily basis, the worst recorded number for just one day was a massive 359,000, before averaging out at 65,000.

Perhaps even more of a cause for concern is that – again according to Hiscox – only 52% of small UK businesses have clear and identifiable cyber security processes in place. This is despite the frequency of attacks increasing rapidly in recent years.

In 2017, the average tangible cost of repairing the damage from a cyber-attack was apparently £25,700. This amount would likely come from paying ransoms and replacing hardware, to give two examples. It does not, however, include the follow-on costs of reputational damage due to this being extremely hard to measure.

Having worked with hundreds of companies based in Yorkshire and the North East and North of England over the past decade, Walsh Taylor fully understand the potential financial consequences of a cyber-attack.

When an organisation has not been in business for long or when cashflow is tight, the need for stringent security is sometimes overlooked.

In addition to ensuring that you are as secure as possible, we also recommend that if you are a victim of an attack that you seek assistance straight away. If there are financial consequences of an attack, the sooner an insolvency practitioner is contacted about the financial issue, the quicker they can outline all the options that are currently available to you.

For more information on how we can help, please feel free to call 03300 244 660.

Mary Taylor
Director

Mary began working in insolvency for a national accountancy practice in Glasgow thirty years ago and worked in most divisions of the insolvency department.

She then moved to a smaller firm so she could advance her knowledge on a more hands on basis. She moved back to Leeds in 1987 and commenced working with a small firm of accountants and subsequently made partner.

She left in 1999 to set up her own practice, McCann Taylor.
McCann Taylor became involved with the consumer market both in England and Scotland.

Mary sold McCann Taylor in March 2007 and formed Walsh Taylor to concentrate on helping businesses experiencing financial difficulties.

Kate Ellis (neé Breese)
Insolvency Practitioner

Kate has worked in insolvency since 2001 starting out at a firm of solicitors in Leeds and latterly gaining positions within two national accountancy firms.

During this time Kate gained extensive experience in all aspects of personal and corporate insolvency, for the first part of her career specializing in personal insolvency and latterly corporate.

Kate has been with Walsh Taylor since its incorporation in September 2008.

Kate is CPI and JIEB qualified, is experienced in a variety of industries and sectors and is the firm’s joint appointment taker.

Meg Heath
Director

Meg has a background in supporting SMEs, including the raising of finance and advising on organisational change. She is a non-executive director of companies in the private and third sector, including Walsh Taylor.

Previously she was Deputy Fund Director of one of the largest CDFIs in the UK, and has experience of the social enterprise, charity and private sectors. Her experience of assisting companies to survive and thrive has been gained across a broad range of sectors and in companies of all sizes.

In addition to her work at Walsh Taylor she works for other private companies, including non-executive and trustee positions.

Emma Mifsud
Insolvency Practitioner

After graduating from Leeds University in 2005 with a BA Hons degree in Criminology, Emma worked for a regional law firm in both the property department and insolvency and banking department. Whilst doing so Emma gained a Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP University.

Emma then joined a national accountancy firm in 2009 gaining experience in personal insolvency before moving to a Leeds based firm. At this firm Emma specialised in bankruptcies, IVA’s and negotiating informal agreements with creditors. In 2013 Emma gained her CPI qualification.

Since joining the firm in December 2013, Emma has taken on a portfolio of personal and corporate insolvency cases to extend her knowledge and expertise in all areas of insolvency.

In December 2017 Emma become a licensed appointment taker under the Insolvency Practitioners Association, she is JIEB qualified.

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