New edition of cyber security guidance helps small businesses to tackle common cyber attacks

If you’re a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) then there’s around a 1 in 2 chance that you’ll experience a cyber security breach.  For micro / small businesses, that could result in costs of around £1,400*.

Following the advice in the NCSC’s Small Business Guide will significantly increase your protection from the most common types of cyber crime. The 5 topics covered are easy to understand and cost little to implement. This guide can’t guarantee protection from all types of cyber attack, but it does show how easy it can be to protect your organisation’s data, assets, and reputation.

You can find more help in the ‘find out more’ section at the bottom of each topic. If you need to improve your cyber security further, then you can also seek certification under the Cyber Essentials scheme, which has the benefit of demonstrating to your clients (or prospective clients) that you take the protection of their data seriously. And if you’re a larger business, or face a greater risk from cyber crime, then the 10 Steps to Cyber Security can further help your approach to cyber security.

As we announced when the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) was launched, we want to make it easy for people to understand how to protect their information and IT against cyber attack, in the same way that everyone understands how to protect their property from other types of crime.

The NCSC is not just here to look after the IT systems of government and the UK’s critical national infrastructure. Whether you run a small business, a charity, oversee the IT systems in a school, or simply want to make sure your devices at home are more secure, our mission is to make the UK the safest place for everyone to live and do business online.

Ciaran Martin
CEO, NCSC

* The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s ‘Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2017 (PDF Available from here)

Source: National Cyber Security Centre

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