- PWC/DTI Information Security Breaches Survey 2012
- 93% large businesses suffered security incident last year
- Average cost of worst incident for large business £110k to £250k
- The average large organisation had 71 security breaches in the previous year, up from just 45 two years previously.
- National High Tech Crime Unit survey 2004
- Of 201 respondents 167 (83%) experienced high-tech crime in 2003
- Impact of these crimes > £195million
Online, Keep Safe Resources
Below are some free online resources which any smaller business or home owner will find useful:
- www.getsafeonline.org – Free objective advice. Sponsored by British Government and leading businesses;
- www.identitytheft.org.uk – How to: protect yourself and react if you think you are a victim;
- www.becardsmart.co.uk – Supported by Mastercard, Visa, and APACS;
- www.banksafeonline.org.uk – UK banking industry initiative to help online banking users stay safe online;
- www.itsafe.gov.uk – A free UK government service which provide home users and small businesses with warnings and news about computer security problems.
Safeguard your computer
* Workstations should be set up in a secure, clean, calm, stable environment.
* Don’t have loose cables that might be a safety hazard; tripping over a cable and pulling it out of the computer
* Always log out of and shut down Windows, and switch your computer off when it’s not in use.
* The biggest risk associated with laptops (also known as notebooks) is, in fact, the loss or theft of the laptop.