Two in five businesses and a quarter of charities report having cyber security breaches or attacks in the last 12 months, according to new figures from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The report suggests that the cyber risk to organisations has been heightened because of the pandemic, with an increase in homeworking leading to less security.
The government is encouraging businesses, charities and educational institutions to follow security advice given by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). This week the centre published new guidance specifically to help educators boost their cyber resilience. The resource also contains advice on how to move business into the digital space and secure use of video conferencing and accessing data from home.
Digital Infrastructure Minister Matt Warman said:
‘’The pandemic has taken an unavoidable toll on British businesses but we cannot let it disrupt our high cyber security standards.
‘’With more people working remotely it is vital firms have the right protections in place, and I urge all organisations to follow the National Cyber Security Centre’s expert guidance so we can build back better and drive a new era of digital growth.’’
With an increase in working from home and moving work online also comes the environmental cost and considerations. As the UK looks to lead the world through the COP26 meeting Business Declares and Wholegrain Digital launched a ‘Digital Declutter’ toolkit to promote a greener tech space.