17 FEB 2017

National Cyber Security Centre

Kent Messenger Column – 17-02-17

The digital revolution has been undeniably transformational, bringing endless opportunities through vast social and economic change. Like all great revolutions however, it presents new risks to our safety. Moving forward one of our greatest challenges as a nation will be cybercrime.

The UK has one of the most digitally dependent economies in the world, with the sector worth an estimated £118 billion a year. In the past three months alone, there have been nearly 200 recorded cyber-attacks in the UK. This poses a threat not only to our national digital infrastructure but also hampers the confidence of consumers and businesses.

Whilst this is happening on the national stage, it also affects many individuals with breaches of personal information in some of our biggest companies such as Yahoo, TalkTalk, Tesco, and Lloyds, to name just a few. Not to mention the countless numbers of spam emails, text messages and phone calls that many fall victim to every year. It is only natural that when these incidents occur, we question the safety of our personal data and who we are able to trust in protecting it.

The Government have shown a commitment to tackling this issue, with HM the Queen opening the new National Cyber Security Centre this week. The hub aims to improve Britain's resilience to cyber-attacks and protect the economy and wider society.

This is not however a fight that can be fought alone, it requires support from business. 65% of large businesses reported a cyber-attack in the past 12 months. Yet nine out of ten do not have an incident management plan in the event of a cyber breach. Support will be offered by the specialised centre to prioritise tackling this digital challenge.

It is clear that modern day crime has evolved and we must all play our part by remaining vigilant. For more information on how to stay safe online visit: www.getsafeonline.org

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