The European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) is a campaign run across Europe to raise awareness of cyber security threats. It encourages organisations and individuals to get involved, sharing resources and best practices.
The theme of the 2020 campaign is ‘Think Before U Click’. Two topics then divide the month: ‘Digital Skills’ and ‘Cyber Scams’. Firstly, ‘Digital Skills’ focuses on awareness of current trends in security with an emphasis on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Secondly, ‘Cyber Scams’ will then provide insights on how to minimise risks. For full details on the campaign, read more here.
How Breakwater is getting involved:
Security is a priority for us across the range of services we offer. Because of this, we include enhanced security measures as standard in our IT support package. In addition, we offer Cyber Essentials certifications, with added security standard reviews all year-round. Additionally, we have a range of security services from email and web security to USB control.
Throughout Cyber Security Month, we’ll be sharing our knowledge on our website and social media. Content will include advice, tips and information designed to keep your business safe. This will come in blogs, video, graphics, guides and quizzes.
To get you started, here are some key statistics to highlight the importance of being cyber aware:
- In 2019, 46% of UK businesses and 26% of charities reported a cyber security breach or attack.
- Among those reporting breaches, 86% had phishing attacks.
- Just 50% of businesses have had internal or external audits that cover cyber security.
- Breach analysis by the National Cyber Security Centre found 23.2 million victim accounts worldwide used 123456 as a password.
Keep an eye on our website and social media this month for our content:
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