NEBRC cyber support services for SMEs - August 2020

The North East Business Resilience Centre (NEBRC) has announced that its cyber security services for SMEs are now live.

Established to support and help protect businesses from cyber crime, the NEBRC works proactively to protect people, places, and processes within the region.

And as the UK sees businesses across many sectors start to return to work following the COVID-19 pandemic, the NEBRC is warning SMEs that cyber security measures to help reduce risk are more important than ever.

“Cyber crime is a global issue, and a growing concern for large and small businesses alike”, comments Martin Wilson, Head of Cyber & Innovation for the North East Hub at NEBRC.

“But cyber security does not need to be a daunting challenge for small business owners”, he adds.

“The NEBRC works to provide SMEs with an affordable, practical approach to cyber security services, pulling on knowledge and experience from the police, the private sector and academia, to best understand and help reduce cyber security risks for our members.”

The NEBRC has already seen a strong response from a range of SMEs, including hairdressers, restaurants and professional services engaging in services to test their vulnerabilities, and learn what cyber resilience measures they can put in place to help mitigate risk.

Indeed the government is taking steps to further reduce the levels of cyber security risk in its supply chain through the Cyber Essentials scheme, managed by IASME and for which NEBRC has recently attained Cyber Essentials Self-Assessment certification.

Cyber Essentials aims to help organisations implement basic levels of protection against cyber-attack, with some government departments requiring Cyber Essentials as a minimum requirement for contracts.

Wilson continues: “Cyber Essentials aims to help organisations of any size and from any sector implement basic levels of protection against cyber-attack, demonstrating to their customers that they take cyber security seriously.

“In addition to Cyber Essentials it is also good practice to prepare plans and policies to follow in the event of a cyber attack. NEBRC ethical hacking services can help businesses to plan and rehearse for attacks, and also offer a policy review service.”

For further information visit https://www.nebrcentre.co.uk/cyber-continuity-exercise and /or speak to a member of the NEBRC team for more details including core free membership.

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The Business Resilience Centre for the North East (NEBRC) is a non-profit organisation which exists to support and help protect North East England businesses from cyber crimes.

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