The average cost of a cyber attack on a business is now estimated to be around £44,000 – and while you might feel too small to be an at-risk target, the reality is that small companies are often seen as soft targets for opportunists to try, as they lack the resources of larger organisations who have teams of specialists and expensive systems.
39%of companies were affected by a cyber attack in the last yearCyber security for businesses in Scotland – Scottish Enterprise (scottish-enterprise.com)
However, some simple steps can help protect you from the most common threats.
Cyber Essentials Certification
Cyber Essentials is a simple but effective, Government backed scheme that will help you to protect your organisation, whatever its size, against a whole range of the most common cyber attacks.
Cyber attacks come in many shapes and sizes, but the vast majority are very basic in nature, carried out by relatively unskilled individuals. They’re the digital equivalent of a thief trying your front door to see if it’s unlocked. Cyber Essentials advice is designed to prevent these attacks. There are two levels of certification to choose from.
Find out more: About Cyber Essentials – NCSC.GOV.UK
Free Cyber Services from SBRC
The Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) provide a range of integrated cyber security services that help you assess, build and manage your organisation’s cyber security capabilities, and respond to incidents and crises.
This includes a free helpline for Scottish organisations in the event of a cyber-attack
In partnership with Scottish Government and Police Scotland, SBRC has launched the UK’s first cyber incident response helpline for the SME community and the third sector to help victims of cybercrime understand what support is immediately available to them and help them recover.
The free helpline will help organisations confirm they have been the victim of an attack and, if so, provide expert guidance to get them back to secure operations.
Businesses can reach the cyber incident helpline by calling 01786 437 472 weekdays 9am-5pm.
Digital Development Loans
If you want to improve your digital capabilities and processes in areas such as cyber security, data analytics, software engineering and digital skills development, the Scottish Government provides interest free loans to help.
Find out more: https://digitaldevelopmentloan.org/