Time to tackle cyber security

Steve Pye, chairman of the Blackpool branch of the Federation of Small Businesses.
Steve Pye, chairman of the Blackpool branch of the Federation of Small Businesses.
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The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has produced guidance for small firms on how to put simple cyber security measures in place to protect the business.

The Blackpool based Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is also currently looking at the issue of cyber crime and a report will be published in later this month.

Most of us now use the internet to do business, to advertise and sell, find new markets, customers and staff, communicate with customers and suppliers, and carry out our financial transactions.

The internet brings huge opportunities and benefits. But it also brings risks.

Every day there are attacks on the IT systems of UK companies like yours, attempting to steal information and money or disrupt your business.

You can never be totally safe, but most online attacks can be prevented or detected with basic security practices for your people, processes and IT systems.

With more customers demanding that their suppliers are secure, this is becoming a business necessity.

Cyber security is about protecting your computer-based equipment and information from unintended or unauthorised access, change or destruction.

You can save money through adopting an efficient risk management approach - plan, implement and review.

You can gain a competitive advantage by being seen to take security seriously.

A booklet has been produced to get you started at www.gov.uk/government/publications/cyber-security-what-small-businesses-need-to-know

You’ll find links to other good advice if you need it. You don’t need to be an IT expert to improve your security.

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