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UK government launches 'cyber essentials' scheme

Charlotte Jee | June 9, 2014
The government has launched a ‘cyber essentials' scheme as part of wider efforts to encourage consumers and businesses to stay safe online.

Security website collapse
The government recently faced embarrassment as its 'Get Safe Online' security advice website collapsed after heavy traffic, the BBC reported yesterday.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) had suggested that individuals follow the advice on the website in order to help protect themselves against powerful malware such as GOZeus and Cryptolocker, however it became inaccessible shortly after the NCA's announcement on Monday.

Get Safe Online's chief executive Tony Neate said: "We're looking at what we can do to make sure this won't happen again. We're sorry. I've had no sleep for two days."

The site has since quadrupled its capacity and is back up and running properly.


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