Health, Safety, Security & Environmental BulletinBulletins highlight issues that will be experienced throughout the industry, and prove a useful tool to encourage the raising of standards and awareness of health and safety issues industry wide. No 583
31 August 2017
Our weekly bulletinsBulletins highlight issues that will be experienced throughout the industry, and prove a useful tool to encourage the raising of standards and awareness of health and safety issues industry wide. usually focus on the physical health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers and sub-contractors because we don’t want anyone working for us, or with us to be hurt; this value will never change and over the last 15 years has not only strengthened, but has been very well supported by the more informed and responsible clients that we work with.
As well as the issue of people being hurt and the effect that can have on their friends, families and work colleagues, the HSE estimate the cost of workplace injury and illness to be more than £14 billion per year.
Whilst this is a huge cost, that is largely preventable there are bigger financial costs than this to businesses and our latest initiative is designed to protect us and our clients against one of those.
In 2016, it is estimated that cyber-crime cost UK Businesses alone more than £29 billion, with Social Engineering, Shoulder Surfing, Phishing, Hacking, Phreaking, Malware, Trojan Horses, Malvertising and Ransomware Cryptolocker all being common ways of exercising it.
We have an IT partner (Business Computer Solutions) that constantly monitors the security of our IT systems, use DNS filtering, maintain our antivirus software and they advise that our security is as strong as is reasonably practicable, BUT there are things that our employees can do to prevent cyber-crime and we have worked with BCS to develop a training course with that objective.
With 360 million hacking attempts per year and 173,000 reported cases of shoulder surfing and the reported cost of more than £29 billion to UK businesses alone, we feel that we owe our clients and suppliers a reasonable duty of care and take that very seriously.
The ramification of an uneducated employee accepting a modern virus is that it can embed itself into a pc and then share itself with every customer and supplier e-mail contact in its database and infect them, often debilitating complete organisations in the process.
All Xmo Strata staff that work with PC’s are engaged in this training programme that offers guidance as to how to avoid exposure to cyber-crime and this will be a mandatory induction module for every employee that uses a pc in the future.