A specially commissioned survey to mark Get Safe Online Day (18 October) reveals that a staggering £10.9 billion was lost to the UK economy as a result of fraud, including cybercrime, in 2015/16.
Victims of cybercrime
The research found people in the UK have been targeted in a variety of ways:
Ransomware is one of the fastest growing online crimes, affecting individuals, businesses and charities, with the UK one of the most affected countries in the world. Ransomware enables cybercriminals to remotely lock down files on a victim’s computer or mobile device and demand a fee to unlock them (even though they don’t always do so, even when the ransom is paid). Recent figures released by antivirus vendor Symantec reveal that cybercriminals are demanding an average of £514 from their victims. This comes as at least 90,000 devices were recently infected by a strain of ransomware called Locky, in just one day.
Protect against ransomware However, there are a series of simple things recommended by Get Safe Online that individuals and organisations can do to ensure that they don’t fall victim to ransomware.
Making online safety part your everyday routine
This year’s Get Safe Online Day is encouraging everyone to start making every day safer by following a few simple steps:
Cyber Essentials Scheme
The Government's Cyber Essentials is a government-backed, industry supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against common cyber attacks. The scheme sets out a security checklist for large and small organisations to better protect themselves. See https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cyber-e...
The Information Commissioners Office also sets out guidelines designed for small businesses to keep their systems and data safe. Read more at ICO: A Practical Guide to IT Security: https://ico.org.uk/media/1575/it_security_practica...
Find out more You can find out more about Get Safe Online Day and staying safe online at: https://www.getsafeonline.org/
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