UK Needs to Improve Cyber Security Awareness, Says BT

Feb 13, 2014

The UK “lags behind” other countries including the US when it comes to attitudes towards cyber security, according to a report conducted by Vanson Bourne on behalf of BT.

Its report published yesterday reveals figures that put the UK behind the US, Brazil, France, Germany, Hong Kong and Singapore when it comes to addressing IT protection concerns.

Only 17% of UK IT decision makers surveyed said that digital security was a major priority for their organisation, compared to 41% and 52% of their US and Brazilian counterparts respectively.

“The research provides a fascinating insight into the changing threat landscape and the challenge this poses for organisations globally,” claimed BT CEO of Security, Mark Hughes.

“The massive expansion of employee owned devices, cloud computing and extranets, have multiplied the risk of abuse and attack, leaving organisations exposed to a myriad of internal and external threats – malicious and accidental,” he added.

The country again fell behind others in the area of Internet safety training – while 86% of US directors and senior decision makers were given this training, just 37% of British leaders were.

Overall, non-malicious insider threats such as accidental loss of data were considered the biggest threat to their companies, with 65% of respondents saying this poses a risk right now.

Other large perceived dangers included ‘hacktivism’ and malicious insider threats, while terrorism was at the bottom of the list: just 38% saw this as an immediate problem.

“As the threat landscape continues to evolve, CEOs and board level executives need to invest in cyber security and educate their people in the IT department and beyond,” added Hughes.

 “The stakes are too high for cyber security to be pushed to the bottom of the pile.” 




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