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 advice, videos and resources from our cyber experts, so you can stay one step ahead. 

How could my business be attacked? 

Paul Vlissidis, cyber security expert from FSB Cyber Protection, 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.

Find out how you can stay safe from coronavirus-related scams online with our guide to coronavirus cyber crime.

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.. 

FSB members have unlimited access to our cyber advice line, manned by secirity experts, who can advise on all aspects of security from first steps to security to handling a data breach

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 in 2021 and beyond. 

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. Due a cyber check-up? Get your free 15 minute cyber health check to make sure your business is adequatley protected. 

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 their 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. 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 persona data safely.

In addition to a standard policy, changes to the law from 1 January 2021 mean that if your business or organisation receives personal data from the EU/EEA, there are steps you may need to take to be prepared for future changes. 

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. 

Real members, real stories

From data breaches to ransomware attacks, helping our members to protect their small business against cyber security threats is all in a day's work for the FSB Cyber Protection team.

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