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The Minister for Finance, Rebecca Evans and the Chief Executive for Get Safe Online (GSO), Tony Neate, will visit Cardiff and the Vale College today to speak to students about staying safe online.

First published:
7 November 2019
Last updated:

This was published under the 2016 to 2021 administration of the Welsh Government

While Wales is globally acknowledged across the industry and academia as one of the 28 global centres of excellence in cyber security, the latest figures from Get Safe Online Week show that there is still a lot more work to be done.

The latest statistics show that: 

  • more than half (55%) of people in Wales fail to use internet security software
  • 66% of people in Wales neglect to carry out software, operating systems and app updates when prompted 
  • more than half (54%) click on links and attachments from unknown sources

And whilst 16-24 years olds (Gen Z) consider themselves to be the most digitally responsible generation they still have a lot to learn. The latest UK statistics by GSO show that 64% of ‘Gen Z’ still don’t think it’s risky to share sexually explicit photos online.

Speaking ahead of the visit, the Finance Minister said: 

Cybercrime is growing, and we need to do all we can to ensure businesses and people, whatever their age, are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to recognise the signs of cybercrime; and provide them with the tools they need to stay safe online.

We are working with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and stakeholders including Get Safe Online to share new knowledge and expertise as we strive to become world leaders in cyber security.

I am looking forward to meeting young people who have grown up with technology at their fingertips, ensuring that we learn from their experiences.

Chief Executive for Get Safe Online (GSO), Tony Neate said:

Digital responsibility must always be a two-way conversation to keep improving behaviours and ensure a safer use of the internet. We need to make sure those people know how they could be putting themselves, their family, friends, finances and identity at risk. So, if you spot someone close to you oversharing, don't just mute them. Give them some tips on how they can share more responsibly.