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Complacency is biggest cyber risk, not hackers, Information Commissioner says

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The most important cyber risk businesses face is from complacency, not hackers, the Information Commissioner has said as he urged firms to raised protect themselves from cyber threats.

John Edwards issued the warning because the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) handed down a advantageous of £4.4 million to Interserve Group, a Berkshire-based construction company for failing to maintain personal information of staff secure – in breach of information protection law.

The ICO found that the corporate had didn’t put appropriate security measures in place to stop a cyber attack, which enabled hackers to access the non-public data of as much as 113,000 employees through a phishing email.

Cyber attacks are a world concern and businesses all over the world must take steps to protect against complacency

John Edwards. Information Commissioner

Mr Edwards said many businesses were still not taking cyber security seriously enough and warned firms they need to “expect an identical advantageous from my office” in the event that they are found to have didn’t put protections in place.

“The most important cyber risk businesses face is just not from hackers outside of their company, but from complacency inside their company,” the Information Commissioner said.

“If your small business doesn’t commonly monitor for suspicious activity in its systems and fails to act on warnings or doesn’t update software and fails to supply training to staff, you’ll be able to expect an identical advantageous from my office.

“Leaving the door open to cyber attackers is rarely acceptable, especially when coping with people’s most sensitive information.

“This data breach had the potential to cause real harm to Interserve’s staff, because it left them vulnerable to the potential for identity theft and financial fraud.

“Cyber attacks are a world concern and businesses all over the world must take steps to protect against complacency.

“The ICO and NCSC already work together to supply advice and support to businesses, and this week I might be meeting with regulators from all over the world to work towards consistent international cyber guidance so that individuals’s data is protected wherever an organization is predicated.”

The commissioner’s intervention comes after Nadhim Zahawi, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster said firms must stop considering of cyber security as “a problem only for company IT departments” and treat it as a business priority.

He warned that in the fashionable digital world, economic growth for the entire country wouldn’t be possible without the “economic security” that got here from good cyber security practices.

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