NEIL Hamilton, Leader of UKIP Wales and AM for Mid & West Wales, is urging his constituents to learn more about staying safe online.
Mr Hamilton, Party Spokesman for Culture, is supporting Wales’ First Cyber Bus which is currently touring the country to highlight the importance of cyber security and the threat it poses to us all.
Mr Hamilton said:
“It is an excellent idea and I want to encourage individuals, groups and businesses in my Region to take advantage of the advice on offer and visit the Cyber Bus when it is in an area near them.
“On board will be a team of people, including cyber experts, police and volunteers who will be able to offer hints and tips on staying safe online, which is so important.
“Unfortunately the threat of cybercrime is all around us as more and more of us use the internet for all our transactions including banking.
“It is vital we all know the risks involved and take advice on how to reduce this and not to become a victim of cybercrime.
“The Cyber Bus is visiting Powys this week but later this month it will be in West Wales and I hope local people and businesses will support this initiative and jump on the bus.”
The Welsh Government-funded bus, which is managed by Tarian, the Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) for Southern Wales, along with the North West ROCU, will stop at all 22 local government authorities during March.
They will be providing the latest recommended information and advice on cyber security with the help from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). They will also be
delivering a series of short seminars and cyber resilience exercises for both businesses and the public.
Figures recently published by Action Fraud revealed that more than £190,000 a day is lost in the UK by victims of cybercrime.
Paul Chichester, Director for Operations, National Cyber Security Centre said:
“The NCSC is committed to making the UK the safest place to live online and the Cyber Bus will help more people demonstrate cyber security best practice.
“It’s imperative we all understand what threats are out there, and what the most effective ways are of managing them.
“We will continue our work with Welsh Government and Tarian to help protect Welsh businesses and the public.”
The bus will be staffed by bilingual Police Cyber Protect Officers and other cyber security experts, plus partners such as Get Safe Online and the National Cyber Security Centre.
The Cyber bus will be in Aberystwyth, on Friday March 15; Milford Haven and Haverfordwest on Monday March 18 and in Carmarthen on Tuesday March 19.
For more details go to www.tarianroco.org.uk/cyberbustour.