What is the biggest online threat to consumers and businesses in 2010?
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Cyber Crime Poses Greatest Threat to SMEs
SMEs are simply not equipped to deal with the level of cyber crime in the UK, according to an industry round table.
With Google and social networking sites the latest targets for cyber crime, IT professionals and consumers need to do much more than just improve their user awareness to curb the increasing threat in 2010.
Adopting a holistic approach by practicing good PC hygiene and keeping up-to-date with patch and product updates, as well as encouraging SMEs to outsource to more knowledgeable companies, is just the start for cyber security.
Philippe Jan, Cyber Security MSC tutor at Lancaster University, said, “The difficulty is that there are many attackers and there are so few of us who work in the security field. We are therefore facing an uphill battle to know everything, from being a competent network system administrator and programmer, to a forensics expert and an educator.
“We have found that many of the attacks can be traced to internal sources and therefore having an educational and awareness push at user level will hopefully make people more aware of the dangers and make them less likely to be a victim of crime.”
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