We do things different in Manchester. Cyber Streetwise for example.

Have you seen those ads Cyber Streetwise around Manchester? The colourful, cartoony ads. The ads about securing your online devices. Protecting online privacy. Looking after your money online and defending your business. They’ve all over the press. All over Manchester too. Cyber Streetwise – it makes sense.

According to National Cyber Security Consumer Tracker one in five of the 22,762 consumers surveyed admit to appreciating the risk they face. Maybe that’s why just 44 per cent of them install internet security software on new IT kit with a third blaming a lack of understanding. Security patches? Ignored by a two third of PC users and a 80% of smartphones and mobile devices.

There’s clear a huge gap in what’s being done and what needs to be done to strengthen IT security (and the huge rise in phishing, hacking, fraud and general online skullduggery states plainly that the gap is becoming hugely expensive as well as disruptive to both individuals organisations) but Cyber Streetwise? Any good?

Cyber Streetwise any Good?

As good as the ads are, are they doing any good? Do they really stack up to anything worthwhile? Anything that might increase your online security?

After all knowing that a threat exists is all well and good. And having an overview of how to protect yourself from that threat better still. But knowing the ins and outs, the technical details of how to put that protection is surely the main challenge. Having smarts to see it through.

First though a brief explanation of what Cyber Streetwise is:

According to the Government’s own website: “Be Cyber Streetwise is a cross-government campaign, funded by the National Cyber Security Programme, and delivered in partnership with the private and voluntary sectors. The campaign is led by the Home Office, working closely with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Cabinet Office.”

And with Over 20 industry advocates including Sophos, Facebook, Financial Fraud Action UK, RBS, Trend Micro and Vodafone there’s no shortage of heavy weight backing.

The objective?

To change the way people view online safety. To ‘measurably and significantly improve the online safety behaviour and confidence of consumers and small businesses (SMEs). Also to give consumers and businesses the knowledge to take control of their cyber security.’

And there’s a whole bunch of great advice. Advice on password, firewalls, security software, wireless networks and types of scam. Says security minister James Brokenshire, “by taking a few simple steps while online the public can keep cyber criminals out and their information safe.”

Great advice no doubt. But enough?

Appreciating Cyber Streetwise is one thing. Applying it another matter altogether.

At what point can be absolutely sure that you’re water tight? How can an non IT security expert know that their IT security is failsafe? Is a tough, as robust as possible.

In truth, unless you’re an expert then you’ll never know for sure.

That’s why, as well as implementing the Cyber Streetwise guidance as rigorously as possible, you’d also be wise to take professional input too.

And this is where the ‘We do things different in Manchester. Cyber Streetwise for example’, title hopefully makes sense.

Purely in the fact that rather than just trusting their own judgement many Manchester businesses are trusting SasSAge

We’re all about prevention,” insists Andrew Doyle, Owner of SaASage. “Let’s get as much as humanly and technically possible in place to head off problems before they even appear. It’ll save you time, save you money and save you a whole load of grief.”

More than just Cyber Streetwise prevention. A close, deep and comprehensive evaluation of your system, the threats it faces and how best to beat those threats to the punch.

We already apply enhanced Cyber Streetwise for dozens of delighted clients Manchester clients, in fact clients all over the UK. We can do it for you too.

Call us now on 0161 820 7533 to find out more.