You’ve worked hard to build your business and make it a success. You’re probably using a range of IT
equipment and using the internet to advertise your business and sell online. The internet brings huge business opportunities and benefits, but it also brings risks...........
How do I ensure that my cyber security is effective?
Every day there are cyber attacks on UK companies like yours, attempting to steal your information and money, or disrupt your business.
It is increasingly important to manage these risks to take advantage of the internet whilst protecting your business. You can keep your business safe and protect against online threats by putting some simple measures in place.
GET THE BASICS RIGHT
TAKE A RISK MANAGEMENT APPROACH
ADOPT CYBER ESSENTIALS
What is directly at risk?
Your money, your information, your reputation, your IT equipment and your IT – based services. Information is an asset that can take many forms: client lists, customer databases, your financial details, your customers’ financial details, deals you are making or considering, your pricing information, product designs or manufacturing processes. There is a risk to your IT services and information wherever they are stored, whether held on your own systems and devices, or on third-party hosted systems (i.e. ‘in the cloud’).
Who could pose a threat to these assets?
• Current or former employees, or people you do business with. Compromising your information by accident, through negligence, or with malicious intent.
• Criminals. Out to steal from you, compromise your valuable information or disrupt your business because they don’t like what you do.
• Business competitors. Wanting to gain an economic advantage
By understanding the risks to your business and managing them effectively, you can help to ensure all aspects of your business are protected against online threats.
In 2014, 60% of small businesses experienced a cyber breach. The average cost of the worst breach was £65,000 – £115,000
Cyber security is about protecting your computer-based equipment and information from unintended or unauthorised access, change, theft or destruction. Good cyber security can enhance the reputation of your business and open up new commercial opportunities.
Download software updates
Download software and app updates as soon as they appear. They contain vital security upgrades that keep your devices and business information safe.
Use strong passwords
Use strong passwords made up of at least three random words. Using lower and upper case letters, numbers and symbols will make your passwords even stronger.
Delete suspicious emails
Delete suspicious emails as they may contain fraudulent requests for information or links to viruses.
Use anti-virus software. Your computers, tablets and smartphones can easily become infected by small pieces of software known as viruses or malware. Install internet security software like anti- virus on all your devices to help prevent infection.
Train your staff
Make your staff aware of cyber security threats and how to deal with them. The Government offers free online training courses tailored for you and your staff which take around 60 minutes to complete.
For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cyber-security-what-small-businesses-need-to-know