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Newcastle Named UK’s Worst City for Cyber Security

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There are some league tables that no one wants to be at the top of, and Newcastle’s position atop the list of worst places in the UK for cyber security problems is certainly one of those.

As part of a new piece of research, Censuswide and Crown Records Management surveyed IT decision makers at companies with more than 200 employees. They found that in Newcastle and the surrounding areas, 93 per cent of businesses have lost important data – this was the highest proportion of any area of the UK.

To put the problem into context, other major cities such as Glasgow (53 per cent) and Plymouth (56 per cent) fared far better.

Ann Sellar, business development manager at Crown Records Management, commented: “These survey results should be a wake-up call for businesses in Newcastle because the importance of protecting customer data is higher than ever.

“It takes on average 20 years to build a reputation but just five minutes to ruin it with a data breach and then up to two years to rebuild it.”

However, the north-east city is far from alone in the cyber security problems it is facing; a separate study by PwC has revealed that close to 10 per cent of all UK firms have no knowledge of being targeted by a cyber security attack. With cyber crime costing a £1.7 million, this could become an expensive blindspot.

Cyber attacks are becoming more and more common and an inability to defend them is worrying. However, what is far more concerning is when organisations are not even aware the attacks are taking place.

Ms Sellar offered the following advice: “Businesses need to ensure they are doing everything they can to reduce this risk through staff training, robust procedures and working with approved, specialist suppliers to give them the best chance of protecting their data.”

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