Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Firms warned of Working From Home cyber threats

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Working From Home puts firms at greater risk of cyber breaches, as employees may not be following best practices or may lack basic cyber protection tools that protect them in their office environment.

Westbury-based IT company Priority IT marked Safer Internet Day on Tuesday (February 9) by announcing the roll-out of a new easy-to-follow online training course to educate computer users on cyber threats, phishing, how to set secure passwords, mobile device security, and cyber safety at home.

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.

Meanwhile, a massive ninety percent of data breaches are due to human error.

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.

“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 years 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.”