Even the smallest of businesses can be a target. Whether you're self-employed or running a team, learn how you can protect your small business. We'll take you through what you need to know about cyber security as a small business, including the most common types of cyber threats, the steps you can take to prevent a data breach and how your employees can play their part.

Make your plan of action and manage your cyber security risks with videos and resources from FSB Cyber Protection, so you can stay one step ahead. 

How could my business be attacked? 

Cyber security expert Paul Vlissidis outlines the most common types of cyber-attacks small business face, and where these attacks originate from. You can read more about phising attacks in our blog on how to protect against email phishing scams.

FSB members can access cyber security guides and customisable templates 24/7 on FSB Legal Hub.

What happens if I ignore cyber security threats? 

Paul explains what the possible consequences can be if you take your eye off the ball when it come to cyber security.

If the unthinkable happens, our guide to responding to a cyber security incident can help you to mitigate damage. You'll also find some top tips on how to be prepared and build a cyber incident response plan.. 

Get your security up to scratch with downloadable guides and templates via FSB Legal Hub. New content is regularly added and refreshed, covering topics such as responding to a ransomware attack and understanding cyber risks for your business.

What are the most important steps I need to take? 

If you're just starting out, our guide to managing cyber risk for start ups will help you to get it right from day one. It's also never too late for new resolutions, so tighten up your cyber security with our digtital to-do list to keep you protected all year long.

FSB members can access our FSB Legal Hub 24/7, home to guides and ready-to-use policy templates covering a wide range of cyber security topics. 

Are there any extra steps I can take? 

Commercial cyber insurance policies can give extra cover for your business. Our guide to cyber insurance will help you understand what it is and whether it's right for you. FSB members are insured for up to £5,000 for first-party claims, covering losses following a cyber-attack or data breach, and up to £10,000 cover for third-party claims, covering legal liability for damages and costs as part of your membership.

Do you receive data from outside sources? Our guide to how third-party data affects your cyber security will help you mitigate external threats to your buisness that this may pose. 

What role do my employees play in cyber security? 

Your staff can be your greatest asset when it comes to cyber security. As they're often the first point of contact for your business, educating them in spotting suspect emails is essential to defending your business from phishing scams

Make sure your staff are aware of and understand your cyber security policy and know what action to take if they lose company phones, tablet or laptops. FSB members can find guidance on these scenarios by logging in to the FSB Legal Hub

Can cyber security help my business as well as protect it? 

Suffering a breach of data can be catastrophic for a business of any size. Fines from the ICO can be crippling for small businesses, and the loss of customer confidence can make it challenging to regain trust. Having a clear cyber policy in place gives your customers confidence that you handle their personal data safely.

FSB members can log in to the FSB Legal Hub and download a fully customisable cyber security policy to get started. 

What about insider threats? 

You have your cyber security policy in place, you've trained your staff to spot phishing emails and you've taken steps to protect your data in case of a cyber-attack, but what about the information leaving your company? 

Now that you've learnt how to spot the signs, educate your employees and manage your cyber security risks, it's time to put your plan into action.