New reports from the UK’s National Crime Agency say that nearly 40 percent of Internet users are not adequately protected from cyber threats, leaving personal and financial data at risk.
The NCA has launched a new campaign with the National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) and the government’s Cyber Streetwise to increase awareness of cyber threats especially for those that aren’t as tech savvy.
“Four in ten adults don’t always install security software on new computers and mobiles,” says the NCA.
“The cost to individuals not only hits their pockets but also their personal and family life, which is why it’s important that everyone takes steps to protect their computer, tablet and mobile,” says Jamie Saunders, Director of the NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit. “The NCA will continue its fight to cut serious and organised crime on the streets and online by pursuing criminals and protecting the public. But for this to be successful we all have to help ourselves too.”
“Through the National Cyber Security Programme, we have dedicated £860 million over five years to make the UK one of the most secure places in the world to go online,” added the UK’s Organised Crime Minister, Karen Bradley.
Read more about the Cyber Streetwise campaign.