The UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) today highlighted the increasing risks posed by ransomware attacks, phishing campaigns, and Business Email Compromise (BEC) fraud schemes targeting sports organizations and teams, including Premier League football clubs.

According to the cybersecurity agency’s data primarily sourced from an Ipsos MORI survey commissioned by the agency, at least 70% of sports organizations experienced a breach or cyber incident during the last year, with 30% having recorded over 5 incidents during that period, “more than double the average for UK businesses.”

Out of these incidents, roughly 30% have also caused average financial damage of £10,000