NCSC supporting home workers with cybersecurity exercises

Keeping businesses and staff safe from cyberattacks in the face of increased home working has been one of the biggest ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since last year, The National Cyber Security Centre has been rolling out a series of exercises to help SMEs test their readiness for and resilience to cyberattacks, with their ‘Exercise in a Box Toolkit’. Their latest episode is the 10th in the series and is focused on reducing the risk of data compromise for employees who are working at home.

The exercise has three key focus areas:

· How staff can safely access networks

· What services may be required for secure collaboration

· Which processes are in place to remotely manage any cyber incidents that arise

The exercises include scenarios based around ransomware attacks, losing devices and a simulated cyberattack, all designed to test an organisation’s cyber resilience responses.

Staff members are also offered guidance on the processes and technical knowledge they might need to enhance their at-home cyber security practices.

At the end, they receive an evaluation which outlines the next steps they should take, pointing them towards the relevant NCSC guidance.

You can read more about this highly successful course on the NCSC website.

Access to this incredibly informative series of exercises is included as part of our Core Membership offering, which is completely free and available to SMEs from any sector in the East Midlands Region. You can sign up easily for our Core Membership here.

The Cyber Resilience Centre for the East Midlands is set up to support and help protect businesses in the five counties against cyber crime. 

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