UK businesses urged to protect themselves from growing cyber threatStaff writer ▼ | September 23, 2015
UK businesses were warned about the growing risk of cyber attacks as Minister for the Digital Economy, Ed Vaizey, urged businesses across the country to protect themselves by taking up the Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme.
Cyber threat Cyber attacks are now considered a serious threat
The latest figures reveal that 74 percent of small businesses, and 90 percent of major businesses, has had a cyber breach of security in the last year.
Speaking at the Financial Times Cyber Security Europe Summit, the Minister revealed more than 1,000 businesses have now adopted Cyber Essentials – the UK Government’s leading scheme which protects businesses against the most common threats on the Internet.
Intel Security, part of multinational technology firm and chip manufacturer Intel, are among the firms who have recently achieved Cyber Essentials certification.
Speaking at the conference, the Minister also announced a new £500,000 fund to help universities and colleges develop innovative teaching and learning to provide the cyber security skills needed to protect the UK now and in the future. ■