Updated guide released to help small businesses improve cyber security

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has released a newly updated version of their online guide for small businesses, aimed at supporting companies that may not have their own IT staff.

This FREE guide and set of resources can be accessed and downloaded from the NEBRC website at https://www.nebrcentre.co.uk/sme

Commenting on the guide, NEBRC Director, Supt. Rebecca Chapman said:

“At a time when many businesses face an increased risk of cyber-attack while working from home this updated report aptly addresses current cyber situations and new types of security threats.

“As part of the NCSC network, NEBRC works to ensure cyber safety for organisations across our region, offering a wide range of membership packages to suit any type or size of business.

“If you are unsure of where to start, our Core Membership is completely FREE and will give you access to information, advice and guidance on cyber security, including the online guide for small businesses from the NCSC.”

The five recommended areas to focus on from the guide are*:

1. Backing up your data: Top tips include keeping a back-up of data separate, reading our Cloud Security guidance, and backing up regularly.

2. Protecting from malware: Top tips include switching on firewalls, preventing staff downloading dodgy apps, and controlling how USBs can be used.

3. Keeping your smartphones (and tablets) safe: Top tips include making sure devices can be wiped remotely, not connecting to unknown WiFi networks and keeping device software up-to-date.

4. Using passwords to protect your data: Top tips include avoiding predictable passwords, using two-factor authentication, and changing default passwords.

5. Avoid phishing attacks: Top tips include checking for obvious signs of phishing, reporting all attacks, and testing resilience using our Exercise in a Box tool

*Source: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/collection/small-business-guide

The Small Business Guide is suitable for both those who are new to cyber security and need to know where to get started - and for more experienced users who want to check what they currently have in place is fit for purpose.

For further information visit www.nebrc.co.uk

We will be also be sharing top tips for small businesses on the NEBRC LinkedIn and Twitter profiles

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