New Cyber Security Guide For Small Businesses

Five things you need to do to help secure your small business against cyber threats

Cyber security experts from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have drawn up new guidance to help small businesses protect themselves against online attacks.

Their Small Business Guide outlines five quick steps that you should follow to reduce the chances of your business becoming a victim of cyber crime. These include:

1. backing up your data
2. protecting your organisation from malware
3. keeping your smartphones (and tablets) safe
4. using passwords to protect your data
5. avoiding phishing attacks

Each step suggests five simple, low-cost techniques that can help you improve different areas of cyber security within your business.

The guide follows research by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which found that almost half (45 per cent) of all micro or small businesses in the UK identified a cyber security breach or attack in the last year.

If you want to improve your cyber security further, plenty of resources are available to help you do so. You can:

  • follow the Cyber Aware campaign, which recommends simple ways businesses can protect themselves online
  • seek certification under the government’s Cyber Essentials scheme, which has the benefit of demonstrating to your clients (or prospective clients) that you take the protection of their data seriously

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.