Nearly four out of 10 (38%) Scottish businesses do not feel prepared for a cyber attack, according to new research.
This comes despite two thirds of businesses believing that the impact of a cyber attack has become more important for their business over the past year.
The findings come one year after the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) relaunched Cyber Essentials, a government-backed scheme to help organisations become better protected against cyber attacks.
Businesses which become Cyber Essentials-certified can prevent or limit the fallout from up to 80% of common cyber attacks, increasing trust among their customers, according to the centre.
More than 250 Scottish businesses were surveyed as part of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) commissioned research. Of those, 78% were aware of Cyber Essentials, but just more than half (54%) were aware of the benefits it can bring to an organisation.