Published: 29 November 2023

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In today’s digital world, it’s more prevalent than before to keep up with cyber security best practices to ensure our data is kept secure. Today, 30th November, is National Computer Security Day. This day highlights the importance of computer and cyber security and how everyone can take a proactive approach to protect their online data and information.  With efficient communication becoming easier than before with devices such as mobile phones, tablets and computers becoming part of our everyday lives, with it comes concerns about privacy and security.

Furthermore, recent statistics highlight the importance of organisations partaking in regular cyber security training and assessments. Some recent data breaches and cyber security attack statistics between 2022-2023 include:

  • Approximately 39 million cases of cyber crimes affected UK businesses over the past 12 months
  • Around 90% of UK organisations have encountered a greater risk of exposure to cyber security threats due to the rise of digital use over the past two years
  • Approximately 83% of businesses that encountered a cyber security threat were targeted by a phishing attack.

We sat down with Will Lively, from our Security & Operations department at Automated Intelligence to get his top tips:

“With data breaches on the rise, National Computer Security Day reminds us to be vigilant in protecting our personal and professional information online. We need to get savvier about how we use technology and be more cautious about what data we share and store.

Start by updating your software and enabling multi-factor authentication on all accounts. Use strong, unique passwords and back up your data regularly while also using password manager systems to store and generate passwords if needed. Ensure malware protection is up to date and all files are backed up and encrypted where necessary.

At Automated Intelligence, data security is paramount throughout each department, everyone has a part to play for their respective areas of work. We achieve rigorous certifications like Cyber Essentials Plus, PCI DSS and ISO27001 to provide customers with peace of mind their data is secure. By continuously monitoring threats, we reduce risk while keeping services seamlessly running.”