Local businesses warned over internet safety on Safer Internet Day

By Anita Jaynes on 9 February, 2021

Wiltshire businesses are being encouraged to update their online security as figures show cybercrime currently costs UK businesses more than £21billion a year.

To mark Safer Internet Day (Tuesday 9th February), Westbury-based IT firm Priority IT is reminding businesses that 90% of data breaches are human error, and that they need to educate their staff, especially with the rise of home working due to the current pandemic.

To support them, the company is now rolling out easy to follow, online, training to educate computer users on cyber threats, phishing, how to set secure passwords, mobile device security, cyber safety at home plus much more. The course is accessed through a combination of eLearning modules, videos, and quizzes to reduce the increased cyber risk to organisations.

Kieran Thomas, director at Priority IT, said, “Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, businesses across the UK have more employees than ever working from home, and with remote working comes increased security risks. Your computer may be up to date with the best Anti-Virus software, but if your staff aren’t trained toward cyber threats, then your business is at risk.

Statistics show that one small business in the UK is successfully hacked every 19 seconds, and around 65,000 attempts to hack small- to medium-sized businesses occur in the UK every day, around 4,500 of which are successful.

Kieran added, “This training will teach your team members what shoulder surfing is, who hacktivists are and why just by adding a few numbers and extra characters into their passwords, it will take a hacker thousands of year to crack it. Once people understand how they can be scammed and hacked, and then how to be more secure online, they are more likely to become it.”

For more information on the training courses, contact Priority IT on 01225 636000, visit www.priorityit.co.uk  or email: info@priorityit.co.uk