There were an estimated 3.6 million cases of fraud and two million computer misuse offences in a year, according to an official survey (the Office for National Statistics)

John Flatley, from the ONS, said: “In the past, burglary and theft of vehicles were the high-volume crimes driving trends but their numbers have fallen substantially since then.

“When the crime survey started [35 years ago], fraud was not considered a significant threat and the internet had yet to be invented.

“Today’s figures demonstrate how crime has changed, with fraud now the most commonly experienced offence.”

This is the reason why Secure I.T. Environments has invested time and effort into obtaining the Cyber Essentials Certificate.

The scheme has been developed by Government and industry to fulfil two functions. It provides a clear statement of the basic controls all organisations should implement to mitigate the risk from common internet based threats, within the context of the 10 Steps to Cyber Security. And through the Assurance Framework, it offers a mechanism for organisations to demonstrate to customers, investors, insurers and others that they have taken these essential precautions.

Cyber Essentials offers a sound foundation of basic hygiene measures that all types of organisations can implement

Click here to find out more about the Cyber Essentials SchemeĀ