UK Cyber Threats – A continuing dilemma for businesses & charities

As our reliance on IT systems expand, cyber threats continue to be a problem. “Four in ten businesses (39%) and a quarter of charities (26%) report having cyber security breaches or attacks in the last 12 months”, according to recent government data by the Official Statistics Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2021, Published in March 2021.

The sixth survey of its kind demonstrates that cyber threats continue to be a “serious risk” to all businesses and charities here in the UK.

With many businesses returning to office premises, many employees are now working a more ‘flexible week’ in terms of whereabouts they work. This means that more and more staff are working a few days based at their office premises and a few days based working from home.

What can companies do to reduce cyber threats?

At the present time, the use of laptops and other IT devices are open to a wider expanse of vulnerable cyber threats. Whilst jumping from one network to another, relying on communal WIFI areas and hot spots gives flexibility, their level of security is not always known. This gives increased opportunities for hackers to infiltrate systems and create havoc for businesses and charities which cannot always be fixed immediately.

Having some knowledge as to how these vulnerabilities occur is a big help. Using secure closed networks, updating network WIFI codes, password protecting devices and keeping virus protection and firewalls up to date is a positive step to improving cyber security.

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