Small business Cyber Security

You’ve worked hard to build your business and make it a success. You’re probably using a range of IT equipment and using the internet to advertise your business and sell online. The internet brings huge business opportunities and benefits, but it also brings risks. Every day there are cyber attacks on UK companies like yours, attempting to steal your information and money, or disrupt your business. It is increasingly important to manage these risks to take advantage of the internet whilst protecting your business.

In 2014, 60% of small businesses experienced a cyber breach

The average cost of the worst breach was £65,000 – £115,000

You can keep your business safe and protected against online threats by putting some simple measures in place. This guide shows you how:

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Why you need to know about cyber security

Cyber security is about protecting your computer-based equipment and information from unintended or unauthorised access, change, theft or destruction. Good cyber security can enhance the reputation of your business and open up new commercial opportunities.

Most companies 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 financial transactions. The internet brings huge business 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 your information and money, or disrupt your business.

You can never be totally safe, but most online attacks can be prevented or detected with basics security practices for your staff, processes and IT systems. These security practices are as important as locking your doors putting your cash in a safe. You can manage your online security in the same way you would protect any other aspects of your business. With more customers demanding that their suppliers are secure, this is becoming a business necessity.

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