The UK government announced this week the launch of a new campaign to help deliver better protection for web users whilst banking, socialising or shopping online. Cyber Streetwise has been designed and set up to aid the fight against online hackers and criminals and is part of the Government’s National Cyber Security Programme. Security Minister, James Brokenshire, said: “The internet has radically changed the way we work and socialise. It has created a wealth of opportunities, but with these opportunities there are also threats. As a government, we are taking the fight to cyber criminals wherever they are in the world.”
As over 11 million devices that are internet-enabled were given as Christmas presents in 2013, and the most recent National Cyber Security Consumer Tracker suggests that more than half of the UK’s population does not take simple precautionary steps against security breaches, the Government’s Cyber Streetwise campaign comes at the right time.
Research has shown that although 94% of people believe that internet safety is their responsibility, only 44% of them actually do anything about it by installing internet security software on new devices and equipment. Not only that, of those that have security software already installed, only 37% continue to keep their systems up-to-date by downloading patches and updates, and this figure is even less, just 21%, when it comes to mobile devices and smartphones.
Online safety and identify theft are two the biggest concerns for many, with 16% of people have lost at least £500 through their card details being stolen and used; it’s time for people to get Cyber Streetwise!
By Allie Philpin