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The Government is undertaking a survey of UK businesses and charities to find out how they approach cyber security and learn more about the cyber security issues they face. The research informs Government policy on cyber security and how the Government works with industry and charities to make the UK one of the most secure places to do business online.

The latest survey is called the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2019. Ipsos MORI has been commissioned to carry out the survey fieldwork. This is taking place by telephone from October 2018 to December 2018.

During this period some organisations will be called by an Ipsos MORI interviewer from their Edinburgh office (their number will be 0131 561 4532) inviting them to take part.

  • The Government and Ipsos MORI have given the following reassurances about the survey:
  • taking part is totally confidential and voluntary for all individuals and organisations;
  • the survey is not technical and participants do not need any specific IT knowledge; and
  • Ipsos MORI would still like to speak to businesses and charities even if they have not had any cyber security issues, to help ensure the findings are representative of all organisations.

Businesses across the UK have been selected at random from the Government’s Inter-Departmental Business Register. Charities have been selected from the Charity Commission database in England and Wales, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, and the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland. Within these organisations, Ipsos MORI is inviting the senior person with the most knowledge or responsibility when it comes to cyber security to take part.

To help those invited to take part prepare for the interview Ipsos MORI has reproduced some of the questions which appear in the survey on the study website. To read the Government’s announcement in full and for a link to the survey website, click here.