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Small businesses will benefit from a revamped version of a popular guide telling them how to stay safe online that has been published by cyber experts.

 

The NCSC Small Business Guide has been revamped for 2020 as well as its response and recovery guidance.

  • The NCSC’s Small Business Guide sets out key areas for business cyber security
  • Timely revamp will help organisations now operating online due to coronavirus
  • Latest in a raft of measures from the NCSC, a part of GCHQ, to help small businesses thrive online.

 

The National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) re-launched Small Business Guide sets out five key areas for businesses to help improve their cyber security.

 

The new-look guidance arrives at a time when many organisations have moved their operations online due to the coronavirus pandemic. It highlights accessible and actionable steps to take which have little to no cost.

 

A survey by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) found around half of micro and small businesses (52%) reported falling victim to a cyber security breach or cyber attack in the past year. The average cost to these businesses was nearly £1,000 – rising to more than £3,000 for some.

 

The Small Business Guide is part of a collection of NCSC guidance which has been reviewed and refreshed to offer up-to-date tips on implementing key security controls.

 

This includes the Small Business Guide: ‘Actions’ resource, which breaks down the recommendations into individual steps, and our Response and Recovery guidance which outlines how to prepare, manage, resolve and report an incident if one does occur.

 

The NCSC has published tailored advice and guidance to support all organisations, including how they can securely move their physical operations online and safely scale-up home working.

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