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The ‘cyber essential scheme’ can help protect you from cyber attacks

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Ed Vaizey, MP and former Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy tells us about the government-backed, Cyber Essentials Scheme.

The ‘Cyber Essential Scheme’, which is government supported, is there to help organisations protect themselves against common cyber attacks.

Well, smaller companies need to manage their security just as big companies do, so I think too often the debate focuses on the very large companies and we sometimes read about these very serious data breaches where thousands of details might be stolen from a very large bank.

But we mustn’t forget that smaller companies also need to do the same thing.

Our Cyber Essential Scheme basically is the ABC of cyber security. It’s about having things like strong passwords and the other kind of security measures you need to take to keep your business secure.

It’s an online tool so people can go online to the Cyber Essential Scheme and just go through the steps, the kind of 1 to 10 steps. It’s the kind of housekeeping that you might do across a range of your services in terms of keeping good accountancy records, making sure if you have a physical shop that’s secure and it’s got an alarm.

Well now in a digital world you need to do that kind of homework and those steps to keep your website secure and safe, but it is very straightforward and it can be done. You can teach yourself online to do it.

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