The other day I was listening to the lunchtime news on the radio. Within the headlines were money laundering (football related), data protection (Morrisons), and information security including hacking into websites (TalkTalk).

It was only a year ago that hackers used phishing emails to penetrate Sony Picture Entertainment and cause massive disruption of their network. Yet according to the Canadians getcybersafe* website 80,000 people fall for scams every day and share their personal information.

According to the Office for National Statistics** from January to March 2015, 86% of adults (44.7 million) in the UK had used the internet. I would be really interested to know what percentage know what a phishing email is and how to look for some of the signs.

Even when you know what to look for, and an email turns up in your spam folder, it can be hard to ignore it. Especially of the subject heading is something like: HMRC tax refund – you want to look ‘just in case’. And that’s what scammers often rely on, a weakness.

Although topics such as data protection and information security are part of many organisations’ mandatory training, their importance extends beyond the workplace and into our personal lives – they need to become a part of the way we do things. Compliance is coming home, well intoour homes.

* http://www.getcybersafe.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/nfgrphcs/nfgrphcs-2012-10-11-en.aspx
** http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/rdit2/internet-users/2015/stb-ia-2015.html