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Cyber security for businesses

The UK Government is making the UK one of the safest places to do business online, while also establishing the country as one of the world’s most dynamic digital economies. Below are some guides and simple steps about how to protect your company online.

5 simple steps to thrive online

By following 5 simple steps, your small business can easily avoid common online dangers:

1. Backing up your data

Five things to consider when backing up your data.

2. Protecting your organisation from malware

Five free and easy-to-implement tips that can help prevent malware damaging your organisation.

3. Keeping your smartphones (and tablets) safe

Five quick tips that can help keep your mobile devices (and the information stored on them) secure.

4. Using passwords to protect your data

Five things to keep in mind when using passwords.

5. Avoiding phishing attacks

Steps to help you identify the most common phishing attacks.

Cyber Security: Small Business Guide

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) was set up to help protect our critical services from cyber attacks, manage major incidents, and improve the underlying security of the UK internet through technological improvement and advice to citizens and organisations.  They have produced a guide of simple steps that small businesses can follow to help protect themselves.

Read the NCSC small business guide - external link

Get Safe Online

Get Safe Online is a public/private sector partnership supported by the UK Government and leading organisations in banking, retail, internet security and other sectors.  It provides wide ranging advice for businesses on everything from selling online, to information security and records management, to fraud prevention and securely disposing of your devices.

Get Safe Online Business Advice - external link

Cyber security and your organisation

Cyber security applies throughout your organisation every day, this video offers some pointers on building a positive cyber security culture and some easy fixes to common issues:

End User Device Security Guidance

1. Introduction to EUD Security Guidance

Getting started with the End User Device security guidance.  Information on the aims of the guidance, who it’s aimed at, and any assumptions made.

2. Security Principles

These principles provide the basis for our guidance on the configuration of specific EUDs.

3. Common Questions

Items covered include use of Wi-Fi, device management and browser security

4. Authentication Policy

You should create a consistent policy for authenticating both users and devices before granting access to systems and resources (including information).

5. Advice for End Users

The NCSC recommend that guidance is given to all remote and mobile users on how to keep information on their devices safe and secure.

6. VPNs

In this guidance the NCSC discuss the reasons for using Virtual Personal Networks (VPNs) and make recommendations on aspects of the underlying technology, such as protocols and cryptography.  They also give risk management advice to organisations considering the use of VPNs.

Read the EUD Collection - external link

More information

Visit the NCSC website - external link
Visit the Get Safe Online website - external link

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Find out more about staying safe online at home.