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Businesses demand help from police to shield against cybercrime

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Many businesses are under the impression that governments and law enforcement agencies are failing to offer the same level of protection against cybercrime, as compared with other types of criminal activity. 

This is according to a new report from Kaspersky, based on a survey of 1,500 business decision-makers across Europe, which states that more than two-thirds (68 percent) agree their government should go to “greater lengths” to provide the same level of protection. 

As it stands, the pressure is on chief executives. Roughly two-thirds (67 percent) of leaders are worried about being held personally liable for any cybersecurity (opens in new tab) incidents that affect their organization. And this fear is not misplaced; Gartner predicts that three quarters of CEOs will be held personally responsible for a cybersecurity incident by 2024.

In order for businesses to shield against attack more effectively, Kaspersky concludes, companies and external parties need to work together more closely. Organizations across all sectors need to take all the necessary steps to protect themselves, place greater emphasis on their defenses, improve their knowledge of the risks, and educate their employees.

“UK businesses have been demanding greater government and police protection for some time now,” said Christopher Hurst, General Manager of Kaspersky UK&I. “It’s therefore encouraging to see that, through initiatives such as the recently launched Government Cyber Security Strategy 2022 to 2030, affirmative action is now being taken to make the UK the ‘safest place in the world’ to do business. Additionally, the Government’s National Cyber Strategy 2022 is a positive step towards protecting businesses and citizens alike.”

“While these calls from businesses for greater support and protection are understandable, this is only achievable with a collective effort from all parties. Businesses themselves, law enforcement, the government and the cybersecurity industry must all work together to make organizations and companies more secure,” Hurst added.

Sead Fadilpašić
Sead Fadilpašić

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.