14 February 2017
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT is warning SMEs to make security a top priority. This follows the government today launching its new National Cyber Security Centre.
The Institute is committed to minimising online crime and threats. It is part of the initiative Get Safe Online which provides practical advice and education demonstrating what businesses can do to stay safe online.
David Evans, Director of Policy at BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT explains: “In the age of digital services it is vital that SMEs find the best ways to keep the hackers at bay. SMEs often get overlooked as they don’t necessarily have an IT department to support this. However, there are still some simple, but effective steps that they can take to stay safe.
“Attacks can arise from a wide variety of sources including human error, a deliberate attack by an outsider or a malicious attack by a disgruntled member of staff. The IT team may well set out the security policies, but it’s really important that everyone plays their role in implementing these simple measures.”
The Institute has some top tips for SMEs to understand the action they can take:
For businesses looking for more help, the Institute has a complete guide to security available free of charge at: www.bcs.org/security/toptips and for more information on the Get Safe Online initiative visit: www.getsafeonline.org/