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Free NCSC Cyber help for small UK businesses

Free NCSC Cyber help for small UK businesses

The UK official National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has created a Cyber Action Plan for micro businesses and sole traders.

They’re invited to take a few minutes over an online questionnaire at www.cyberaware.gov.uk that generates a personalised list of actions linked to the Cyber Aware behaviours.

Matt Warman, Digital Infrastructure Minister said: “We want the UK to be the best place in the world to do business online, so I welcome the NCSC helping sole traders and micro businesses with tailored advice on defending against cyber threats.

“I strongly recommend business owners take advantage of this tool to help us build back safer from the pandemic and ensure there is no way in for hackers.”

cyber identityAlso see: UK Government Funds Cyber Essentials for SME's

NCSC Deputy Director for Economy and Society, Sarah Lyons said: “Small businesses are the lifeblood of this country, but we know they can be a target for cyber criminals, particularly as they move more operations online. Our free Cyber Action Plan is here to help, offering bespoke, actionable information linked to the Cyber Aware behaviours.

“If you work for yourself, or run a small business, I would urge you to spend a few minutes on the questionnaire and follow the steps to help secure your business.”

Adverts promoting the tool will be broadcast on radio and online from March 5. Something similar for home IT users and families is promised.

About Cyber Aware

It’s UK government’s advice on how to stay secure online, offering six actions people can take to protect themselves from most cyber crime, such as malware, and email and website scams; visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk.

Those six actions are:

– Use a strong and separate password for your email;;
– Create strong passwords using three random words;
– Save your passwords in your browser;
– Turn on two-factor authentication (2FA);
– Update your devices; and
– Back up your data.

Which is great news for small businesses who need more guidance.

Photo by Kaitlyn Baker on Unsplash

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