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Government Cyber Streetwise website pushes Internet security. Will people listen?

John E Dunn | Jan. 15, 2014
The Government has launched ‘Cyber Streetwise', a brand new awareness campaign that has set itself the task of persuading consumers and sMEs to take simple precautions to secure themselves against Internet criminality.

"Some in the tech community may think the site's approach is a little 'cartoony' and low-brow, but we need to remember that they're not the intended audience, and the folks behind the site are - presumably - keen to appeal to the broadest possible number of potential online victims."

Cluley's qualified praise was echoed by ISACA Security Advisory Group advisory member, Sarb Sembhi.

"In my opinion, the web site is too simplistic to look at, too complex to get to what you want and at the same time too condescending to the user. I don't think the information is necessarily any better than you can find anywhere else," he said.

Funded as part of the Government's larger National Cyber Security Programme, the initiative has been backed by private sector firms including Sophos, Facebook, RBS Group, and Financial Fraud Action UK.


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