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Specops raises concerns over cyber security

Security solutions provider Specops Software has issued a warning to companies to ensure their staff are appropriately trained in cyber security, after it identified possible weaknesses in markets related to the print industry.

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Around 47% of people working in the marketing, advertising and PR sector are not trained against cyber threats

Specops surveyed 1,342 businesses from 11 sectors in the UK to understand how many have not sufficiently trained employees against cyber threats.

The survey found 47% of businesses in the marketing, advertising and PR sector have not trained their employees against cyber threats, with 37% of companies in the creative arts and design market also seen as at risk.

Incidentally, travel and hospitality was seen as the industry of highest concern, with 87% of businesses having not given their staff the appropriate training.

“The fact of the matter is that you can put as many security systems and procedures in place as you wish, but usually the weakest link is always the human being involve,” Specops cyber security expert Darren James says.

“Providing cyber security training is essential, subjects like password hygiene, email scam/phishing/malware awareness, and social media usage are important, and the more attention we can bring to it via training at work, then the less likely people in general will fall victim to these crimes.”

The fact of the matter is that you can put as many security systems and procedures in place as you wish, but usually the weakest link is always the human being involve

There was further cause for concern in industries related to print, with only 13% of marketing, advertising and PR companies having held cyber security training sessions since the outbreak of novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

James warns that following the government’s refocus on working from home, while this may not be applicable for all employees in print, those that switch to working remotely should be properly trained.

“Working from home represents another challenge when providing training,” he says, adding: “You can send emails out or put something on an extranet/intranet page, but let’s be honest not many people are going to willingly go and look.

“Try arranging a ‘working from home cyber security awareness’ call if possible – whether it is per team, or with team managers who can then pass on key information.”

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