The National Crime Agency (NCA) reported in July 2016 that cybercrime has now surpassed all other forms of crime in the United Kingdom.
Cyber security is a key focus of the National Security Strategy and estimates that cyber crime costs the UK economy a significant £27 billion a year. The NCA highlights the need for stronger law enforcement and business partnerships to fight cybercrime.
Protect your business
One in four businesses reported a cyber breach or attack in the past 12 months (Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2016, Department for Culture, Media & Sports). The impact of a cyber breach or attack can be huge.
- The time you could lose through having to fix your website or systems
- The potential loss of customers
- Damage to your reputation
- All the other potential consequences of a hacker accessing your data
Protecting your business from hackers and viruses does not have to take a lot of time, work or money.
Been a victim of cybercrime?
If your business has been a victim of cybercrime, you can report it to the police via the Action Fraud and Cybercrime Reporting Centre (external link) website.
The Federation of Small Businesses’ 10 top tips for staying safe online are:
- 1. Implement a combination of security protection solutions, including anti-virus and anti-spam software and firewalls
- 2. Carry out regular security updates on all software and devices
- 3. Implement a resilient password policy – minimum eight characters and change regularly
- 4. Secure your wireless network
- 5. Implement clear and concise procedures for email, internet and mobile devices
- 6. Train staff in good security practices and consider employee background checks
- 7. Implement and test back-up plans, information disposal and disaster recovery procedures
- 8. Carry out regular security risk assessments to identify important information and systems
- 9. Carry out regular security testing on the business website
- 10. Check provider credentials and contracts when you are using cloud services
For free expert advice and more information visit Get Safe Online (external link)