Play Your Part In Safer Internet Day

Today, Tuesday 11th February 2020, marks Safer Internet Day. Although the global campaign focuses on keeping children safe on the internet, it is a timely reminder that we can all work together to make the internet a safe place.

The theme for this year’s campaign is together for a better internet, and has a total on 1,271 supporters. All who have the common aim of making the internet safer for children. But it shouldn’t stop there. The internet should be a safe haven for everyone to use in their daily lives, with minimal risk.

There are over 3.5billion searches conducted on the search engine Google every day, which demonstrates how over the last three and a half decades, our reliance on the online world has grown exponentially.

Not everything is good on the internet. Although most of us use it every day for menial work and lifestyle tasks, there are those out there whose aim is to harness the worldwide web, and utilise its power for a darker purpose.

In 2019, businesses faced a cyber attack every 60 seconds, and to start the new decade with a bang, one of the most talked about cyber attacks involved financial currency firm Travelex’s systems held to ransom.

Cyber criminality is an ever-evolving beast, one that adapts very quickly to its ever-changing environment.

As part of our focus on creating a safer internet, I want to delve a little deeper into one of the cyber criminal’s preferred tactic ‘Phishing’.

According to ‘The Impossible Puzzle of Cyber Security’ report released by Sophos last year, 53% of UK businesses fell afoul of phishing attacks last year.

According to ‘The Cost of Cyber Crime‘ 2018 Report by Detica in partnership with the Office of Cyber Security & Assurance in the Cabinet Office, stated that the estimated cost of cyber crime in the UK is £27 billion. This demonstrates that cyber crime is indeed a national issue.

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s interesting to take a look at phishing, and the different forms it can take, as original phishing emails used to take the form of romance fraud.

Next week we’ll look into the types of phishing, how you can recognise it and what you should do.