Research by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) earlier this year found that nearly half (45 per cent) of all micro/small businesses identified a cyber security breach or attack in the last year. Despite this among the quarter of micro/small businesses that consider it a low priority, over a third (35 per cent) have nonetheless identified a breach.
Small firms can now shield themselves from potential online attacks thanks to a new guide created by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).
Launched on 11 October, the NCSC Small Business Guide includes five simple steps organisations can follow to improve their cyber security and better protect themselves from loss online.
View the Small Business Guide.
The five steps the NCSC Small Business Guide suggests small businesses follow include:
- Backing up your data
Five things to consider when backing up your data
- Protecting your organisation from malware
Five free and easy-to-implement tips that can help prevent malware damaging your organisation
- Keeping your smartphones (and tablets) safe
Five quick tips that can help keep your mobile devices (and the information stored on them) secure
- Using passwords to protect your data
Five things to keep in mind when using passwords
- Avoiding phishing attacks
Steps to help you identify the most common phishing attacks
Cyber security can feel daunting for a small business, which is why we’ve made the UK’s most easy-to-access guide to help them thrive online. Protecting against malware, backing up data and avoiding phishing attacks should be as second nature to a small firm as cashing up or locking the doors at night. Our advice will help all business owners avoid threats that can cost time, money and reputation.
Alison Whitney is the NCSC’s director for Engagement.
Small firms looking to improve their cyber security further can also seek certification under the Cyber Essentials scheme which helps protect against common internet threats and demonstrates to customers and prospective clients they take the protection of their data seriously.