By Jake McQuitty, David Cook

It seems like barely a week goes by without a high-profile data breach being reported on the front pages of our newspapers. Hacking and cyberattacks appear to be becoming more commonplace and involving an ever-increasing range of wrongdoers: from vandals to nation states and terrorist groups.

The risk around cyberattacks has been magnified by new data protection and financial crime laws, at home and abroad, that have come into force in the last few years. They are generally backed by fearsome powers with which to hammer the non-compliant.