MOSCOW (Sputnik) — UK Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey on Tuesday called on businesses in the country to use the government’s so-called Cyber Essentials scheme to protect themselves from cyberthreats, a statement published on the British government website said.
“Trust and confidence in UK online security is crucial for consumers, businesses and investors. We want to make the UK the safest place in the world to do business online and Cyber Essentials is a great and simple way firms can protect themselves,” the statement said.
During the year, at least 1,000 of enterprises have received Cyber Essentials certification, including the British subsidiaries of US technology giants Intel and Hewlett-Packard and the UK bank Barclays.
At least 90 percent of Britain's large organizations and 74 percent of small business experienced cybersecurity breaches in 2015, up from 81 and 60 percent, respectively, a year ago, according to a survey published by the world's leading auditing firms PricewaterhouseCoopers in June.