CyberCrowd is supporting the NCSC in urging small business owners to take two free and simple steps to help protect themselves from a variety of cyber threats.
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is the UK’s technical authority on cyber security. It has recently launched the latest phase of the Cyber Aware campaign, aiming to help sole traders, micro businesses and small organisations stay safe online.
The Cyber Aware campaign is the government’s flagship cyber security campaign, bringing together expertise from the NCSC as the UK’s technical authority on cyber security, Cabinet Office, Department for Science, Innovation and Technology, Home Office, and law enforcement partners, including City of London Police.
Small businesses are the backbone of the UK, each year millions of small businesses and organisations fall victim to unscrupulous cyber criminals, whether through hacking, ransomware, or other cyber threats.
Last year, 81% of businesses that reported an email or social media hack were small or medium businesses, and the average annual cost of a cyber-attack for micro and small businesses was £3,080.
What can small businesses do to protect themselves?
The two steps below are free and easy tools to help you start your journey to better security:
Get your free Cyber Action Plan
Answer a few simple questions, and in less than five minutes, a tailored list of actions will be served to help protect your organisation.
This links to the NCSC’s Small Business Guide providing an extra source of guidance, signposting to Cyber Essentials as a way for organisations to further improve their cyber security.
Use the quick and easy tool, Check Your Cyber Security
This scans internet-connected devices for common vulnerabilities to ransomware and other viruses, provides advice on how to mitigate any risks and lets you know if your browser is up to date.
As the threat landscape continues to evolve organisations need to stay on top of threats and ensure that they are secure to prevent an attack. Small businesses present unique challenges with security, whether that is budget, staff resource or awareness of the risks. Unfortunatly the consequences of a cyber-attack remain the same, in extreme cases it has been seen that business cease operations all together following an attack.
CyberCrowd are advocates for promoting best in class security practise and advising organisations of all sizes on measures they can take to build their resilience against growing threats. We believe in achieving this by aligning to your business goals and risk appetite, to ensure that both security and business objectives can be met. This is why we are supporting the NCSC in their Spring campaign.
You can find out more about the campaign and how to support it using the resources from the National Cyber Security Centre here.