'Cybersecurity is key' as firms adapt to hybrid working

Police Scotland recorded 14,130 cyber crimes in the past year alone.

‘Cybersecurity is key’ as firms continue to adapt to hybrid working due to Covid pandemic iStock
Malware: Police Scotland recorded 14,130 cyber crimes in the past year alone.

Businesses are being urged to make sure workers are “fully up to date” on cybersecurity as companies continue to adapt to hybrid working.

With the Covid pandemic resulting in many more people working from home, the CyberScotland Partnership stressed the importance of online security.

It comes after Police Scotland recorded 14,130 cyber crimes in the past year alone – almost double the total from 2019-20.

Cyber Scotland Week, which runs until March 6, aims to help people improve their online safety.

Around 100 events are taking place across the week, with events being held both in person and virtually.

Jude McCorry, chair of CyberScotland Partnership, said: “I’m really looking forward to the week ahead.

“With such leading cyber expertise in Scotland, this week is sure to provide insight to people at all levels of knowledge.

“For businesses, it’s critical to ensure systems and staff are fully up to date on cybersecurity as we continue to adapt to hybrid working.

“Anyone who uses the internet will benefit from attending an event this week. It’s so easy to be a target of online crime and the best way to protect ourselves and those around us is by learning more.”