Businesses urged to protect themselves from Cyber Crime

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In response to a recent business survey on cyber-crime the Office of Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner has created a DVD on cyber crime for SMEs along with West Mercia PCC and the West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit. It can be accessed here.

Overall, the survey calculates that losses suffered by victims in Warwickshire could total £2.5 million each year. The survey also suggests that 82,200 people fell victim to on-line crime in the last 12 months in Warwickshire, while nearly a quarter of a million people in the county feel at risk on-line. Worryingly, around 2.4 percent of respondents have no idea to protect themselves on-line.

  • Over half of respondents were targeted by phishing scams, with 1 in 10 going on to become victims.
  • One in five that spend over seven hours a day on-line will become a victim of cyber-crime.
  • As age increases, knowledge of on-line crime risks reduces slightly, while the feeling of being at risk increases significantly.
  • Under 18’s are the age group most targeted for on-line harassment or bullying with female respondents targeted twice as much as males.
  • Nearly one third of parents have neither applied on-line restrictions nor spoken to their children about internet safety.
  • 2.4% of respondents have no idea how to protect themselves on-line.
  • “I did not think anyone could help” was the number one reason for not reporting cyber-crime, followed by “did not know who to report it to”.

We have secured a limited number of the free DVDs and our IT services partners are also experts in cyber security. For more information contact your local office or call 0845 177 5500, or use our on-line contact form.

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