The UK National Crime Agency (NCA) has started another cyber safety campaign which it aims to help educate people about how to remain safe online.
The NCA has claimed that 2 out of 5 British people are leaving themselves very vulnerable to the actions of cyber thieves as they choose to ignore the threat of cybercrime and do not protect their devices.
In order to help improve online safety, the NCA recommend that security software should be installed on all devices that access the internet with updates being downloaded and applied on a regular basis. The NCA also recommend that people don’t download content from untrusted websites and to be careful when using USB drives or memory sticks.
Karen Brady who is the Minister for Modern Slavery and Organised Crime believes that cyber-crime now poses a huge threat to the UK and that the Government has taken action to make the UK one of the most secure place to go online.
Brady stated, “The internet has radically changed the way we work and socialise, but cyber-crime now poses a serious threat to the UK, and the Government has taken action to transform the way we respond.”
Brady added, “Through the National Cyber Security Programme, we have dedicated £860 million over five years to make the UK one of the most secure places in the world to go online.”
Andrew Avanessian who is the VP of global professional services at Avecto believes that it is encouraging to see the government launch another security awareness campaign.
Avanessian stated, “It’s encouraging to see the government launching another initiative to help educate and protect consumers from cyber threats. The issue has steadily worked its way up the agenda and we’ve seen real action from policy makers in recent months.”
Avanessian added, “Many cyber-attacks prey on user naivety, particularly phishing emails. That’s why education around the threats – coupled with basic security measures – can make a real difference for the average consumer. For instance, if the general public knew the importance of keeping their operating systems and applications up-to-date then we’d see the number of successful attacks drop dramatically.”
Do you think that this latest safety campaign will make a difference?