Why SMEs needn't be intimidated by cyber security

Protecting yourself from cyber criminals is easier than you think.

These are challenging times for UK businesses - not least because COVID-19 has forced many firms to rely more on digital technology as their staff work from home.

While the world is focused on the health and economic threats posed by the pandemic, cyber criminals are undoubtedly capitalising on the crisis - with experts observing a spike in phishing attacks, Malspams and ransomware attacks.

As such, cyber security has become more critical than ever. The idea of formal 'cyber security' is new to many business owners. Even hearing the expression may sound intimidating. But it does not have to be.

In 2017, the National Cyber Security Centre published its Small Business Guide to help small businesses - many of whom won't have dedicated IT staff - protect themselves from cyber crime. In response to businesses and partners, the Government agency has now announced this updated version, with a new design and up-to-date advice about how you can protect yourself from the most common cyber attacks.

The NCSC has also updated:

If you're new to cyber security, the above guidance will get you started. You can also obtain the latest cyber resilience guidance and toolkits to support your business by signing up for free Core Membership right here at the East Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre.

More experienced readers may want to check their existing cyber security measures against it, to ensure their devices and data are suitably protected.

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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