UK workforce lacks basic cyber security training

17 October 2019

77% of workers surveyed say they have had no training at all 


October is European CyberSecMonth – but the UK seems to be lagging behind when it comes to basic training.

The EU’s annual campaign aims to raise awareness of cyber security threats among citizens and organisations; while providing resources to help them protect themselves online, through education and sharing of good practices.  

But, according to a new study from Centrify, a staggering 77% of UK workers claim to have never received any form of cyber skills training from their employer.

The survey of 2,000 full time UK workers in professional services, conducted by independent survey company Censuswide, reveals that 69% do not have the confidence in their own cyber security processes when it comes to protecting their own data.

Over one quarter (27%) of workers admitted using the same password for multiple accounts, including their work email and social media, exposing organisations to increased risk from hackers.  Another 14% confessed to keeping their passwords recorded in an unsecured handwritten notebook on their desk in the office.

Employees remain the first line of defence and educating them regularly about potential cyber-attacks is vital. A culture that encourages and supports employees in being open (and fast to act) when they have made a mistake is essential.

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