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NCSC launch a cyber security guide for small businesses

The Small Business Guide: Cyber Security will show you how to improve your cyber security; affordable, practical advice for businesses.

Cyber security needn't be a daunting challenge for small business owners.

Following the five quick and easy steps outlined in the guide below could save time, money and even your business’ reputation.

This guide can’t guarantee protection from all types of cyber attack, but the steps outlined below can significantly reduce the chances of your business becoming a victim of cyber crime.

If you want to improve your cyber security further, then you can also seek certification under the Cyber Essentials scheme, which has the benefit of demonstrating to your clients (or prospective clients) that you take the protection of their data seriously. This can be sourced through our Trusted Partners, get in contact for more information.


In this guide

5 things to consider when backing up your data.

5 free and easy-to-implement tips that can help prevent malware from damaging your organisation.

5 quick tips that can help keep your mobile devices (and the information stored on them) secure.

5 things to keep in mind when using passwords.

Steps to help you identify the most common phishing attacks.

Organisations can carry out certain actions in accordance with the guidance contained in the Small Business Guide.

A series of videos that introduce the NCSC's cyber security guidance for small businesses.

Download a Small Business Guide infographic or a PDF version of the guidance.


Download the Small Business Guide for full access to the new resources provided by the NCSC.

Download PD • 355KB

If you are a sole trader or a small business, you can also complete a Cyber Action Plan. By answering a few questions, you will get a personalised list of actions to help you or your business to improve your cyber security.

If you need any more information, here at East Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre, we encourage you to visit to find out more about the steps you can take to protect your business online today.


The Cyber Resilience Centre for the East Midlands is non-for-profit and is Policing-led. We provide a range of affordable cyber resilience services with very current knowledge and technical expertise from the UK's top university cyber talent. Our services help SMEs and therefore supply chain prepare and improve cyber resilience.

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The contents of blog posts on this website are provided for general information only and are not intended to replace specific professional advice relevant to your situation. The intention of East Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre (EMCRC) is to encourage cyber resilience by raising issues and disseminating information on the experiences and initiatives of others. Articles on the website cannot by their nature be comprehensive and may not reflect most recent legislation, practice, or application to your circumstances. EMCRC provides affordable services and Trusted Partners if you need specific support. For specific questions please contact us by email.


EMCRC does not accept any responsibility for any loss which may arise from reliance on information or materials published on this blog. EMCRC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites that link to this site or which are linked from it.

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