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One of the biggest threats to a firm’s cyber security is the people working within it, business leaders were warned.

Dineshi Ramesh, Board Intelligence’s advisory partner, said employees need to understand the threat their company faces from attacks - but also the vital role they play in protecting sensitive information.

She told the CBI’s Cyber Security Conference that in addition to keeping data safe and making sure the appropriate firewalls are in place, cyber security is also about “the way our people behave, the way we look after our IT equipment when we’re out of the office and down the pub”.