Cyber criminals are the modern day burglars. They have many different ways to steal your personal information and money.
In fact, cybercrime has become so common these days that The 2010 National Security Strategy identified cybercrime as one of the top threats to the UK.
HMRC took notice of this report and has since 2011 invested £860m in a National Cyber Security programme.
A dedicated team
Following this investment, HMRC’s dedicated cyber security team is successfully keeping fraudsters away from government systems. According to the UK Cyber Security Strategy annual report, HMRC has prevented frauds totalling more than £103m in 2014-15! In total, they have taken down nearly 11,000 fraudulent websites in 2015.
Other achievements cited by the minister for the Cabinet Office and paymaster general, Matthew Hancock MP, include:
Long way to go
However, according to the minister, there is obviously much more that can be done to contain cybercrime. 2016 will see the launch of the UK’s second National Cyber Security Strategy, which will define the vision and ambition for the next five years.
He said, “While we know the scale of the task ahead, we also know we are building on a good platform. This report highlights the current Programme’s achievements over the past year and the wider impact of the Programme since its inception. We should be proud of the foundations we have jointly laid through our first National Cyber Security Programme. They have positioned us well for challenges ahead.”
7 tips to thwart cyber-crime
Remember the HMRC publicity ads where newsreader Moira Stuart tells us that tax doesn’t have to be taxing? Well if you leave it to the last minute, you will surely put that to test! It’s also more likely that you will make mistakes in the rush to file before the deadline. Instead of rushing around at the last moment looking for receipts, bank statements, P45s, invoices and expenses, you can take the time now to get all your information together.