Quick steps to improving your Cyber Security

16 October 2017

An Easy guide to Staying Safe


The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has produced a free guide on the top five steps for small businesses, which could help you save time, money and even your business’s reputation.

While the guide can’t guarantee total protection from a cyber-attack, following the five steps and the advice given could significantly reduce the chance of your business becoming a victim of cyber-crime.

The five steps covered in the guide include:

Backing up your Data

All businesses, regardless of size, should take regular backups of their important data, and make sure that these backups are recent and can be restored. By doing this, you're ensuring your business can still function following the impact of flood, fire, physical damage or theft. Furthermore, if you have backups of your data that you can quickly recover, you can't be blackmailed by ransomware attacks.

Protecting your Organisation from Malware

Also known as Malicious software, malware is software or web content that can harm your organisation. The most well-known form of malware are viruses, which are self-copying programs that infect legitimate software.

Keeping Smartphones and Tablets Safe

Mobile technology is now an essential part of modern business, with more of our data being stored on tablets and smartphones. These devices are now as powerful as traditional computers, and because they often leave the safety of the office (and home), they need even more protection than 'desktop' equipment.

Using Passwords

Your laptops, computers, tablets and smartphones will contain a lot of your own business-critical data, the personal information of your customers, plus details of the online accounts that you access. It is essential that this data is available to you, but not available to unauthorised users. Passwords - when implemented correctly - are a free, easy and effective way to prevent unauthorised users accessing your devices.

Avoiding Phishing

In a typical phishing attack, scammers send fake emails to thousands of people, asking for sensitive information (such as bank details), or links to bad websites. They might try to trick you into sending money, try to steal your details or or have other motivations for accessing your organisation's information. Phishing emails are rife - and getting harder to spot.

To read the NCSC’s free advice on implementing these five steps visit:


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