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Cyber security is how individuals and organisations (including small/medium organisations, large organisations and those from the public sector) reduce the risk of cyber-attack, whether on computers or mobile devices. It covers not only safeguarding confidentiality and privacy, but also the availability and integrity of data. This is vital for ensuring the quality and safety of care and support.

Implications for Citizens

The first UK Cyber Survey in April 19 showed 42% of citizens in the UK expect to lose money to online fraud. Moreover, the key findings show only 15% of us know a great deal about how to protect ourselves from harmful activity. Therefore, it is worth us all being aware of basic cyber security safeguards for personal use from when we start using the internet.

Implications for Care Providers

Security breaches can occur in many ways including when we use paper records, send information using fax machines and even verbally. However, the consequences of security breaches with digital information are potentially far more severe. This is because substantial amounts information can be distributed more easily and to a far wider audience.

The impact of a cyber breach or attack can be significant and costly: there’s the time lost through having to fix your website or systems, the potential loss of customers, damage to your reputation and all the other potential consequences of a hacker getting their hands on your data.

According to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2020 almost half of businesses (46%) and a quarter of charities (26%) report having cyber security breaches or attacks in the last 12 months. Like previous years, this is higher among medium businesses (68%), large businesses (75%) and high-income charities (57%).

Among these organisations, the most common types of breaches or attacks are:

Bar chart showing the most common types of data security breach or attack













This is why cyber security is a high priority for business and why all staff must be aware of how to implement protective measures and know what steps to take if a cyber incident take place.