Government Recommends Stronger Passwords to Avoid Identity Fraud

Government Recommends Stronger Passwords to Avoid Identity Fraud

The most recent government figures from market research company Ipsos MORI reveal that just 35% of South West England is taking the latest advice from the government in using strong passwords composed of three miscellaneous words.

The National Cyber Security Centre, which is part of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), says that it is among the most crucial actions that can be taken in the protection against cyber crime.

It says that cyber crime is an increasing concern throughout the UK. Office of National Statistics (ONS) estimates that two million cyber crime attacks were carried out in 2015.

A simple password can enable hackers to employ email in their attempts to breach personal accounts, which leaves individuals susceptible to fraud or identity theft.

The government’s Cyber Aware campaign is encouraging both businesses and individuals in Cornwall and Devon to think randomly when creating passwords. It has even created the #ThinkRandom hashtag.

A National Cyber Security Centre spokesperson said:

“Our research shows that the best way to make a password memorable and strong is to use three random words.

“It doesn’t matter what inspires you – from watching sport to going out for a bite to eat, thinking random is the best way to keep yourself secure online.

“Your most important accounts are your email, social media and online banking accounts, so it’s important to use strong, separate passwords for each of these.”

With 30% of the South West admitting that they have shared their passwords, Cyber Aware has also taken to advising people to maintain confidentiality.”

Neighbourhood Watch Chair Lynn Farrar added:

“It’s increasingly important to protect yourself against cybercrime. We are all at risk, and we’re keen to encourage as many people as possible to #ThinkRandom and use strong passwords made up of three random words.”

The National Cyber Security Programme (NCSP) funds the campaign, which was originally called Cyber Streetwise when it was announced in 2014. The goal is to provide businesses and individuals with the knowhow to control their cyber security set up and help to defend themselves against a cyber attack.

Cyber crime is a key issue for the UK, and the government has decided to take action in making the public more aware of the threat. It is planning to invest £1.9bn to overhaul cyber security in the UK. The NCSP will assist the goals laid out in the 2016 National Cyber Security Strategy over a five-year period, and illustrates how important of an issue the government views cyber security to be.

As well as providing advice, the NCSP also plans to take action in defending the UK from cyber threats. Further, it will manage responses to cyber attacks.

The government is taking the necessary actions to combat an issue that has plagued many businesses throughout the UK in recent years. Nonetheless, business owners are putting their company at risk if they fail to create cyber security jobs in a bid to attract the cyber talent necessary to prevent, or respond to, an attack.

Our accreditations & Partners

  • REC Member
  • VTC - Virtual Technology Cluster
  • RANT Events
  • Bloom Nepro
  • YPO
  • Crown Commerical Service
  • Disability Confident
  • ISO 9001
  • Armed Force Covenant
  • Cyber Essentials Plus
  • ISO 27001





Thank you for signing up to the acumin alerts.

Send CV

Send us your CV and have our recruiters match you to the ideal opportunities

Do you already have an account with us?

Log in

Want to have an account with us?


Want to just send us your CV?

Upload only doc, docx, odt, pdf format file.

By submitting your registration and CV to us you are agreeing to join our database and to be contacted about relevant jobs industry communications. Please read our terms of business for more information.

Password reset

If you need a reminder for your password, fill out the field below

Log in

Access your account to edit your contact details, job alerts or to upload a new CV

Thank you


Thank you for successfully uploading your CV.

Acumin Alerts


Thanks for registering for Acumin alerts.

Acumin Alerts

Unfortunately your CV could not be uploaded

Please make sure your CV is one of the following file types: doc, docx, odt, pdf, rtf

Acumin Spam

Unfortunately your submission has been declared spam. Please try again.



Thank you for submitting your vacancy.


Create an account to register your contact details, sign up for job alerts and upload your CV


Thanks for registering for Acumin alerts. To get the most out of Acumin's service why not register with us?

Upload only doc, docx, odt, pdf format file.
- Practitioner
- Commercial

I agree to the terms and conditions and to be contacted by recruiters:

I agree to receive marketing communications relevant to my job search:

I agree to receive Jobs By Email for the following professions:
- Business Continuity Management
- Counter Fraud
- Cyber Security
- Executive Management
- Governance & Compliance
- Information Security & Risk Management
- Penetration Testing & Digital Forensics
- Sales and Marketing
- Sales Engineering
- Security Management
- Technical Security
- Information/Risk Assurance
- Identity Management
- Application Security
- Security Architecture
- Dev/Sec Ops
- DV & SC Cleared Jobs
- Programme & Project Management

Submit a Vacancy

Use the form below to submit a vacancy