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Brits Still Failing to Protect Online Accounts from Hackers with Complex Passwords, Creating What Could be an Expensive Vulnerability for Businesses

Monday 18 September 2017

Shocking new survey results from Cyber Security Europe,  show that nearly a quarter of people (23%) routinely use either their name or date of birth as their online passwords. The alarming findings uncover just how exposed people’s data is to hackers.     

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The survey of over 1,000 people also reveals that one in ten Brits (11%) use just one or two different passwords for all their online activities. Many are putting their personal and employers’ data at huge risk of being hacked due to the simplicity and low number of passwords they use.

A major worry for business, key findings show nearly two thirds of those surveyed (60%) only use logins and passwords as their online security in their workplace. The consequences of cybersecurity for business are profound – particularly given the heightened threat to organisations of all sizes posed by recent ransomware attacks. With the GDPR set to fine firms that fail to protect their data adequately from May next year, the stakes for businesses couldn’t be higher.

In addition, despite a spate of high profile attacks, only 16% of respondents claim that cyber security had become more of a focus in the workplace since WannaCry. Furthermore, 76% admit they have never updated their security details following a big attack.

Bradley Maule-ffinch, Director of Strategy for Cyber Security Europe, stated: “A surprising amount of people still seem oblivious to the threat posed to their personal and in fact business information by using their name or date of birth as their passwords. Nowadays, this is far from being just a personal issue. We have seen a spate of prolific attacks and breaches this year alone and businesses must ensure that employees are educated about the basics such as password security. With the advent of Internet of Things, increasing numbers of people using their own personal devices to connect to business networks which is an ever growing threat landscape. This could prove a costly vulnerability for organisations in the wake of GDPR.”

Cyber Security Europe further addresses these issues with speakers such Jenny Radcliffe and Bennett Aaron who will be sharing their own experiences of identity theft and social engineering techniques.


About the research

The research was conducted among 1000 UK consumers, by independent research agency Atomik Research in August 2017.  


About Cyber Security Europe

Cyber Security Europe is one of Europe’s leading IT security shows and offers expert insight and solutions to help protect a wide range of organisations, and their customers, from cyber related attacks. The event is a must-attend for both IT directors and security specialists. Cyber Security Europe is part of IP EXPO Europe and co-located with MACHINA Summit.AI and takes place on the 4-5 October 2017 at ExCeL London. Cyber Security Europe is brought to you by Imago Techmedia, the organisers of Europe’s leading enterprise IT events IP EXPO, UC EXPO and MACHINA Summit.AI.

For more information please visit www.cybersecurity-europe.com


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