BCS to launch ‘Cyber to the Citizen’

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is launching a new initiative – Cyber to the Citizen – to help people understand how to keep themselves safe online. The initiative is in conjunction with Get Safe Online.

John Doody, Cyber Lead for BCS Security explains: “36 million of us used the internet every day in 2013; it is our channel of choice to communicate, make financial transactions and access services, and it provides us with many benefits. Therefore it is imperative that we all understand how to keep ourselves safe online. This is an issue that many more people are aware of these days, but don’t necessarily know what they can do.”  

Figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal that access to the internet using a mobile phone more than doubled between 2010 and 2013, from 24% to 53%, and 72% of all adults bought goods or services online.

“Through our partnership with Get Safe Online, we are aiming to make a major contribution to minimising online crime and other threats by increasing awareness of how to stay safe online and change behaviours,” added Doody.

The initiative aims to link volunteers from the Institute’s IT membership with local communities to provide practical advice and education demonstrating what they can do to stay safe online. The advice will include how to implement simple safeguards such as setting up and using PIN passwords and ensuring that software is kept up to date through automatic updates etc.

The initiative will kick off with an event at which Alun Cairns MP, will talk to BCS members about the issues and what the Government is doing. Volunteers will also hear from Tony Neate, CEO of Get Safe Online, Will Gardner, CEO of ChildNet, and Susie Hargreaves, CEO of the Internet Watch Foundation.

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