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The true scale of cyber-crime in th UK: Insight Commentary

July 2016 by Insight UK

The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics crime report have revealed that in the past year one-tenth of people in England and Wales have been a victim of cyber-crime. Unfortunately, this does not come as a surprise. It does, however, highlight the need for greater awareness around how to defend against cyber-crime. For businesses, it is imperative that they put an emphasis on cyber-security due to the inevitability of malicious hacks. To address this issue, we need to increase understanding and collaboration between organisations to make it easier for them to protect their business from the threat of online attacks.

“It is important to highlight that internal activity and human error, such as opening SPAM emails or using non-secure devices, is often the reason behind cyber-attacks. Emphasising the value of data to employees is key, as sensitive details can be accessed and bought on the dark web long after a cyber-attack occurs.

“Ultimately, with cyber-attacks becoming more frequent, organisations must view them as a major crime and implement the necessary steps to defend against it.”

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