UK Home Office to invest £4 million on cyber-awareness campaign

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“The threat of cyber-crime is real and the criminals involved are organised and driven by profit”

According to v3.co.uk, the UK Home Office is investing GBP 4 million on a cyber-awareness campaign to teach businesses and citizens about the risk of hacker threats. The government will launch the first stage of the campaign in autumn and will take bids from media, PR and creative agencies to help create a series of communications campaigns aimed at consumers and SMEs. Applicants can bid using the GPS’s online portal.

The campaign will be led by the Home Office through experts from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, as well as partners from the business sector including Get Safe Online which will oversee the campaign.

UK Security Minister James Brokenshire said: “The digitisation of the UK economy has made our lives easier and has created huge opportunities, but it has also created individual security risks as well. If we are to meet these new challenges it’s essential we step up our efforts to stay safe online. The threat of cyber-crime is real and the criminals involved are organised and driven by profit. By making small changes British businesses can remain competitive in the global economy and consumers can have greater confidence using the internet.” 

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