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Cybercrime is on the rise

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Cybercrime is a criminal activity that involves the internet. The height of the UK’s cybercrime has rose again in “scale and complexity”. The NCA have claimed that cybercrime affects more UK citizens, more often, than any other national security threat with a daily impact on UK public services and infrastructure. 2.9 million UK organisations were hit with a cyberattack in 2016 at a cost of £29.1 billion. Attackers are slowly discovering all the ways that devices can be used to attack others. As this knowledge develops, the number and sophistication of attacks also increases. 

It doesn’t matter if you are working in a mature enterprise environment, unemployed, retired or still at school, if you have access to the internet, you are at risk. The first step of protecting yourself from cyber criminals is by understanding why they do it. One reason could be for financial gain. This is the primary motivation of most attacks. The criminal is looking for an immediate or an indirect financial gain. Another reason for cybercrime could be because the attackers want corporate information. This could also be used for financial gain or the cybercriminal could make a home network its main objective to see how much information they can get which they could use against the company later on in another type of attack.

There are a number of ways you can protect yourself and your organisation from cybercrime. Itgovernance.co.uk provides all the methods for protecting yourself. The first way is by keeping your information secure. Do not give out any personal or bank details over the internet. Another way is by putting necessary controls on your home network and making sure your children stay safe on the internet to protect your family from cybercrime. By following these simple steps and staying alert whilst using the internet, you are extremely unlikely to be affected by cybercrime. 

Source: Infosecurity magazine 14th May 2018
https://www.itgovernance.co.uk/
https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/

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