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Cyber Security Awareness Week – would you be cyber ready?

by Gemma Melling

This week (28 October – 3  November) is cyber security awareness week.

Information is available on common hazards and threats that businesses (particularly aimed at small to medium size) need to consider to be more resilient. One of the biggest threats to businesses in the UK is cyber security.

Throughout the week, a range of advice is available around maintaining a good web presence, cyber preparedness, cyber response and recovery and protecting your business.

The Business in the Community (BITC) toolkit provides guidance on web security and steps you can take to prevent your website from being hacked.

The toolkit will help you to limit what you post on your website or social media, monitor your web presence and look out for unusual activity on your accounts, password security and third party security protocols.

The advice around cyber preparedness is password security – ensuring effective passwords are used to protect your business. A handy guide can be downloaded providing advice on what to include / not to include in passwords.

What you know what to do in the event of a cyber attack?

A response and recovery guide is available to download which small to medium sized organisations prepare their response and plan their recovery from a cyber incident.

There are five tips that can help you to protect your business:

  • backing up your data
  • preventing malware damage
  • using passwords to protect your data
  • keeping your smartphones and tablets safe
  • avoiding phishing attacks.

Further advice can be found on the National Cyber Security Centre website.