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05 June 2017

Time to take Cyber Resilience seriously

Seven million cyber-crimes are committed against UK small businesses every year, with victims paying an average of £3,000 to repair the damage. Now is the time to act and protect yourself, your business and your reputation. Computer and work

The recent global cyber-attack that affected NHS computer systems so badly is a stark reminder of what can happen when your IT system is attacked, you can be held to ransom or lose important files forever. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is just an issue for large public sector organisations, I’ve heard from Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) members locally who have lost thousands of pounds.

In the last fortnight I’ve attended FSB networking events in West Lothian, Fife, Edinburgh, and here in Midlothian – the topic of cyber-resilience came up at them all. Business owners are now paying attention and want to know more, so something positive has come from the global hack.

Thankfully there’s a great deal of help out there from a variety of agencies. The Scottish Government are in the throes of finalising an action plan to boost cyber resilience across all sectors. The Scottish Business Resilience Centre have a lot of information on their website ranging from general advice to attack specific alerts and advice, they host a series of events to back this up as well. The UK Government have a Cyber Essentials scheme that addresses IT systems security and comes with a badge to display showing that your business takes cyber-crime seriously - this may well be the direction of travel for those wishing to win public sector work.

Cyber protectionI’m especially pleased to see that member feedback my colleagues and I have given FSB has resulted in the creation of a members Cyber Protection service. Business Essentials members get a telephone and online data and cyber security advice service, plus £10,000 of insurance cover for third party claims as a right of membership.

Small businesses are often seen as easy or soft targets for cyber-criminals and the result can be devastating. Act now to protect yourself and your business.


Gordon Henderson is FSB's Senior Development Manager for the East of Scotland

This article first appeared in the Midlothian Advertiser  

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