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Top level endorsement from senior figures

Get Safe Online Week 2012 has received the endorsement of senior figures closely involved in cybersecurity. Here are a few recent comments: 

Government Ministers

Francis Maude, Minister for Cyber Security at the Cabinet Office

“The Internet provides us with so many opportunities – for education, buying and selling online, communicating with work colleagues, friends and family alike. But unfortunately there are always those who will seek to take advantage of us when we are online going about our everyday business. Get Safe Online’s new research shows that people are still at risk. We all need to take steps to spread advice on how to help prevent this sort of thing happening in the first place. By following some very simple steps and precautions available through getsafeonline.org, we can continue to take advantage of all the benefits the Internet has to offer, safely and securely.”

David Jones, Secretary of State for Wales

“Each and every one of us has an important part to play to make sure that our online lives are kept safe and secure. The Get Safe Online campaign provides us with the information we need to help protect ourselves and our families against online threats, and I’m delighted to support the campaign as it kicks off in Cardiff. This is a shared responsibility and we all have a role to play in cyber security."

Industry Experts

Andy Archibald Deputy Director for SOCA and Chair of the Steering Committee for GetSafeOnline.org

"The online environment is so much a part of modern life that it has become linked to everything we do, from shopping to gaming, banking to our social life, and organised criminals are quick to exploit the opportunities and enablers of unprecedented scale and reach the internet provides .SOCA have worked closely with GetSafeOnline.org since inception, recognising that a major way to deny these criminals the ability to profit is to increase awareness amongst our citizens of the easy pitfalls to avoid and the scams to watch out for. With such a flow of financial and personal information it is important that you do everything you can to protect you online activity and that of the people you care about, which is where GetSafeOnline.org can help. I'd encourage everyone to visit the site, www.getsafeonline.org, check out the tips on how to stay safe online and to pass them on to someone they know."

Detective Chief Inspector Gerry McBride, Head of the E-crime Unit for the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency

“While technology has generated endless benefits it has also come at a price by presenting increased opportunities for those who wish to exploit technology to engage in criminal activity. There are individuals and networks that will take advantage of this sometimes uninhibited environment and use it inappropriately, placing others at risk of harm. “People need to be aware of the risks and ensure they are protected against these dangers by learning how to use the internet safely and Get Safe Online week is a great opportunity for members of the public to pick up some useful tips.”

Chris Woolard, Group Director, Ofcom

“The internet is undoubtedly one of the greatest communications inventions of all time and has a hugely positive effect on millions of lives. However, for lots of people, understanding how to stay safe online is not always obvious. To help, ParentPort – the website that gives straightforward information on what parents can do if they feel they have seen or heard something inappropriate in the media for their children – has today published a new guide on how to protect children in a digital world.”

Partners

Anna Sampson, Senior Manager, Direct Marketing for Symantec Website Security Solutions

“Symantec has been working with Get Safe Online for many years, but this year we are delighted to be able to take our messages direct to the public. We look forward to meeting people and answering their questions about how Symantec and Norton can help to keep them safe online.”

Hamish Stone, Head of Marketing for Gumtree.com

“Having a safe and enjoyable experience is really important to our users, and so we’re proud to be a partner of Get Safe Online. “During Get Safe Online Week we’ll be sharing tips and advice through our social communities as well as inviting our followers to ‘Click and Tell’ and pass on their tips”

Nicola Hodson, General Manager, Public Sector at Microsoft UK

“We know from the work that we carry out with partners such as Get Safe Online that criminals are continuously developing new ways to get access to computer systems, either at home, or your place of work. Microsoft takes great care to ensure that all of our new products and software systems have all of the up to date and effective weapons available in the fight against those who attempt to exploit system vulnerabilities online. “Get Safe Online Week is a fantastic opportunity for partners in industry, law enforcement and Government to take online safety messages directly to consumers around the country. As a founding supporter of Get Safe Online our aim is to raise awareness of the potential issues and help people to operate online in a safe way, this campaign will certainly help us to achieve that.”

Patrick Guthrie, Director of Strategy and Communications at PhonepayPlus

‘We are pleased to be taking part in Get Safe Online week, as more people access phone-paid services online it’s great to be working in partnership with Get Safe Online to take safe use messages out consumers.’

Jim Maddan, Chairman, Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network (England and Wales)

"Next week is Get Safe Online week and the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network wholeheartedly supports the campaign. The media is full of stories of young people being groomed by sexual predators and any information that can be passed on to parents to ensure that their children are safe when using their personal computers, including smart phones, is to be welcomed." "We know that many local authorities incorporate internet safety in their Junior Citizen schemes, and Neighbourhood Watch groups and volunteers are involved with schemes across the country. We are very grateful for the contribution they are making to community safety."

Industry Media

Dan Raywood, Editor, SC Magazine

“Security has become more and more prominent over the past few years as mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones have become more popular and consumers are more aware of the potential of identity fraud and the reality of data loss by businesses. With this level of awareness already prominent among consumers, what we need to achieve is further understanding of the security threat that the internet poses. Yes having to change your password is a pain, but having a good tactic to ensure you can have a secure and safe password is a good point to start with and don’t forget, better to be safe than sorry!”