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NCA Observes that Lack of Security Software Leads to Risk of Cyber Attacks

Dailymail.co.uk reported on 13th August, 2014 stating the vision of the NCA or (National Crime Agency), a national law enforcement agency of UK which is starting a drive to increase consciousness of the threats that one is prone to when online as "almost half of us (British Internauts) are vulnerable to cyber attacks by not installing anti-virus and security software on new devices like mobiles and laptops."

The operation is asking Internet users to take steps for better protection and to be "cyber streetwise." National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) is leading the initiative partnering a Government campaign.

As per the Office of National Statistics, in excess of 10,000 victims of computer-related viruses were there in UK last year with majority of them due to absence of sufficient security software on their computers.

The new-flanged campaign tries to develop cyber rational and bring down the quantity of security breaches which take place by opening tainted emails or by using infected pen drives - both of which are regarded as common security concerns among Internauts.

Infosecurity-magazine.com published news on 12th August, 2014 quoting Jamie Saunders, Director of NCCU, as saying that the Internet is a vast place to search the world and do trade and maximum of people will not have any problems. However, some people who are unprotected by not downloading and renewing their security software can be victimized."

The tracker also revealed that 37% of women take risks online as compared to 29% of men and on an average of 41% of all 18-44 year age group take risks.

Saunders said: "It's difficult to arrive at exact cost of online crime to the United Kingdom and the number of people without any protections but we know that far too many citizens continue to make themselves vulnerable to online crime. However, individuals not only lose their own money but their family and personal life also suffer due to which it's important that everyone must protect their mobile, tablet and computer."

The UK government has committed 860 million Pound over five years for cyber-security through the above Cyber Security Program.

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