Welcome to part two of our short blog series on cyber security. If you missed part one please click here to read our previous blog post.
In a recent survey the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) found that 31% of small businesses experienced a staff-related breach in 2015 which was an increase on the previous year. 72% of companies where the security policy was poorly understood had staff-related breaches and 28% of the worst breaches were caused by senior management giving insufficient priority to security. Therefore it is vital that cyber security is viewed as a priority and that this is fully communicated to all staff.
What can you do?
There are various actions you can take to protect your business. Some of which were covered in part one of the blog series and more steps are detailed below:
The message of this blog series is that cyber security doesn’t always have to be complicated or expensive. There are small steps you can take to protect your business from a security breach, in addition to security software. The message is to take a moment to stop and think – we are all busy but not making security a priority can leave us vulnerable to a cyber security breach.
For more information on this subject the ICAEW offer a 10 step guide on cyber security for smaller firms and the Government essentials guide is also useful. Get Safe Online is also a leading source of information and resources on online safety.
Check back next week for part three of our cyber security series, where we will discuss implementing a cyber security policy for your business.
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