Minister for the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey has warned UK businesses to protect themselves against cyber crime and hacking by taking up the government’s Cyber Essentials scheme.
Speaking at the Financial Times Cyber Security Europe Summit, Mr Vaizey said that more than 1,000 businesses had adopted the UK government’s leading scheme Cyber Essentials – which protects businesses against the most common threats on the Internet.
Intel Security – part of multinational technology firm and chip manufacturer Intel – is among firms who have recently achieved Cyber Essentials certification.
Businesses are reaping the benefits of operating online and earn £1 in every £5 from the Internet.
However, latest figures show that 74% of small businesses and 90% of major businesses have had a cyber breach of security in the last year.
Mr Vaizey has announced a new £500,000 fund administered by the Higher Education Academy, 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.
“Good cyber security underpins the entire digital economy,” Mr Vaizey said. “We need it to keep our businesses, citizens and public services safe.
“The UK is a world leader in the use of digital technologies – but we also need to be a world leader in cyber security.
“Trust and confidence in UK online security is crucial for consumers, businesses and investors.
“We want to make the UK the safest place in the world to do business online –
and Cyber Essentials is a great and simple way firms can protect themselves.”
Mr Vaizey added that, since launching the National Cyber Security Programme in 2011, the UK government had invested £860 million to protect and promote the UK.
Cyber Essentials sets out five technical controls which protect firms against the majority of Internet threats, including viruses, malware and hacking.
Other government initiatives to prevent cyber crime include a voucher scheme offering micro, small and medium sized businesses up to £5,000 for specialist advice to boost their cyber security, protect new business ideas and intellectual property.
Regional Director for Government at Intel Security, James Stirk, said:
“The Cyber Essentials programme represents another positive step forward in the government’s proposals to raise standards of cyber security – and protect British businesses from internet-based attacks.
“By providing organisations with the criteria and opportunity to meet basic cyber security hygiene standards, this initiative will increase confidence for businesses, as well as their customers and partners.
“That’s why at Intel Security UK, we are proud to be the 1,000th company to achieve Cyber Essentials certification status – and we welcome this positive initiative to raise standards of cyber security across the UK.”
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