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New campaign to protect businesses against cyber crime

Small businesses are being encouraged to take steps to protect themselves against cyber criminals, with the launch of the Government’s new ‘Cyber Streetwise’ campaign.

The campaign aims to provide SMEs and individuals with a range of online safety advice, and includes the launch of a new website together with online videos.

While an increasing number of people are accessing the internet on portable devices, such as laptops, tablets and smartphones, recent research suggests that more than half are failing to ensure that they are adequately protected when online.

According to a recent study, only 44% of individuals download internet security software onto new equipment, while only 37% download updates for PCs when they are prompted. In addition, less than a third use complex passwords to protect their online accounts, and 57% fail to check whether websites are secure before making an online purchase.

Commenting on the launch of the campaign, 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’.

The Cyber Streetwise website can be accessed here:!/street