How do you make cyber security mean something for smaller businesses?

Written by: Paul Vlissidis

“You should encrypt your devices, use two-factor authentication for all cloud services and have a robust update and backup strategy to protect against cyber threat actors.”

The above is perfectly reasonable advice that every small business should adopt.

The problem? They don’t know how to. Telling small firms to have a robust update strategy is like asking them to knit fog.

Most small and micro businesses do not have a surfeit of IT skills, let alone in-depth knowledge about cyber security. They are intelligent, but are busy people with a lot on their minds.

Of course, they’re scared of being hit by ransomware. Who isn’t? But it’s a risk they feel they have to accept for lack of knowing what to do to protect themselves.

What policies and procedures should they adopt? What software they should install? What settings should they change?

On top of this, several cyber insurers insist that to obtain cover, all devices must be encrypted.

This is perfectly sound and reasonable, but how is a small business owner supposed to know if their three-year old Surface or their HTC phone is encrypted? And, if not, how do they encrypt such devices?

If UK plc is going to get real traction in the fight against cyber crime, the jargon barrier must be addressed.

One way is to give them access to practical, jargon-free, cyber expertise that can answer the questions I’ve presented above, as well as many others.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has taken just such a step for its members.

As part of its legal services package — which is available to all 160,000+ members — the FSB has extended their legal and tax advice to cover cyber security.

NCC Group is proud to be providing this service (8am to 8pm Monday to Friday) through LHS Solicitors LLP on behalf of the FSB.

Here is a sample of the types of advice the helpline can provide:

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) advises that we have to strive to make people one of our strongest defences in the battle against cyber crime. Over-technical jargon is just another way of demonizing the users.

Small businesses want practical, straightforward advice so they can get on with the more important task of providing employment and making a profit despite the increase in cyber crime.

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