Stay Cyber Aware: 1 in 4 businesses reported a cyber breach or attack in 2016

Corporate Governance Shop is helping to promote the Government initiative ‘Cyber Aware’

Cyber Aware is the government initiative that encourages consumers and small businesses to adopt a set of good online habits, which will protect their devices and information from the majority of cyber threats.

One in four businesses reported a cyber breach or attack in 2016 and the average cost of a data breach for a small business is in the region of £75,000 to £311,000 – PWC: Information Security Breaches Survey

However, taking simple measures to ensure that you and your colleagues are being Cyber Aware can make all the difference in protecting your business from a cyber attack.

Cyber Aware provides a range of advice for small businesses, with the top priority behaviours being:

using strong passwords made up of three random words

Always download software and app updates as soon as they appear

This advice comes from experts at the National Cyber Security Centre (part of GCHQ) who are the technical source behind the campaign’s advice.

Cyber Aware’s research indicates that consumers expect to hear from the organisations they deal with on cyber security when it involves their personal information so companies all have an important role to play in providing this information.

“Consumers who trust an organisation to work with them and help keep them secure are very unlikely to look somewhere else because it’s just too scary or too complicated and they want stability” – Professor Angela Sasse, Director of the UK Research Institute in Science of Cyber Security

Online services are the core function for 53% of UK businesses and, for every one of them, cyber crime is an existential threat – Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute.

Cyber criminals are after your money, your data and your intellectual property. If you haven’t taken steps to protect yourself, take action now. It’s easy to get good, basic protection in place by following the advice of the Cyber Aware campaign.

Corporate Governance Shop can provide the human resource to tackle the threat to you.

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