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WannaCry has pushed cyber-security into the boardroom

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The recent WannaCry fallout has changed the way boardrooms and staff perceive cyber security. This is according to a new report by security firm Clearswift, based on a poll of 600 business DMs and 1,200 employees in the UK, US, Germany and Australia. 

After WannaCry (opens in new tab), 29 per cent of UK businesses are adding cyber-security to the boardroom agenda. Another 29 per cent of companies globally will be implementing stronger cyber-security measures, as well.

More than half (58 per cent) are expecting another attack in the coming months, too. 

Almost four in ten (38 per cent) of the employees aware of WannaCry are now educating themselves about cyber-security. Another third (33 per cent) changed their passwords, and a quarter (24 per cent) signed up for cyber-security courses. 

“UK employees are worried about the practices of the custodians of their data, however the gulf between front line security professionals and Board members may at last be bridging, with close to a third (29%) now recognising cyber security has a place at the boardroom table,” said Dr. Guy Bunker, SVP Products at Clearswift.

“Organisations need to answer the clarion call we are hearing from employees to learn from these events and start to raise their game and update their policies, procedures and technology to mitigate against future attacks as well as preparing for the introduction of new data regulations that are on the horizon.”

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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.