The Government has launched an Internet-based cyber security training course designed to help the procurement profession stay safe online. The new interactive course will assist those working in procurement to protect themselves, their businesses and their suppliers from cyber attack. Developed in partnership by Government and industry, the training is freely available and will help UK businesses deter information breaches and other threats that could potentially cost millions of pounds.
The Government’s recently published 2015 Information Security Breaches Survey shows that 74% of smaller businesses and 90% of larger organisations have reported an information security breach at some point in the past year. 50% of the worst breaches were caused by inadvertent human error.
Procurement professionals deal with a wide range of sensitive commercial and financial information which is central to the successful operation of many businesses. On that basis, the new course will increase awareness of the common cyber risks and threats procurement professionals may experience in the workplace and how to prevent and deal with them.
Importantly, it provides salient advice on how to safeguard digital information and raise awareness of cyber issues with suppliers while also affording Best Practice examples around dealing with issues such as information breaches in the workplace.
Launching the new training course at the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), Giles Smith (deputy director of cyber security and resilience at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport) said: “The UK is doing a great job in harnessing digital technologies to help businesses grow and thrive, and the Government wants to help industry keep its online activities secure. This training course will help those working in purchasing and supply chain management understand the cyber threat and how to protect themselves and their information.”
Smith added: “We know businesses benefit when they train their staff and take the cyber security threat seriously. I would encourage all companies to take up the training, advice and support presently on offer from Government.”
Need for the right support
Andrew Coulcher, director of customer solutions at CIPS, explained: “Cyber security is one of the biggest issues of our time and, as procurement professionals, we need the right tools and support to meet the challenge head on. This training is highly targeted and has been developed with the three partners to ensure all aspects are covered and that practising professionals are given the best chance to successfully tackle a potentially highly-disruptive event.”
The new training course supports the Government’s aim of making the UK one of the safest places in the world in which to do business online. It complements the existing cyber security training on offer to lawyers and accountants and SMEs through the £860 million National Cyber Security Programme.
Businesses can also protect themselves against common online threats using the Gvernment’s Cyber Essentials scheme and benefit from Best Practice guidance for larger businesses or separate guidance for small businesses.
*The new online training may be accessed via the CIPS website