Advice for Businesses
Businesses can be just as susceptible to cyber crime as individuals - keep yourself and your business safe online. Many small and medium sized businesses underestimate the threat cyber crime poses to their business.
For further information please follow the link https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/10-steps-cyber-security
As part of managing the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, many organisations will be encouraging more of their staff to work from home. This presents new cyber security challenges that must be managed. This guidance recommends steps to take if your organisation is introducing (or scaling up the amount of) home working.
Cyber Essentials is a simple but effective, Government backed scheme that will help you to protect your organisation, whatever its size, against a whole range of the most common cyber attacks.
Cyber Information Sharing Partnerships (CISP) for business
“The Cyber-security Information Sharing Partnership is a Government funded and managed portal helping organisations to have access to the latest threats and attacks so that they can protect themselves. The CISP receives inputs from a range of National Agencies and is available to organisations whether public private or charitable. The CISP lists details of a range of attacks as diverse as schools, health service and email scams.
It is a free service and will not spam members.
To join simply go to www.ncsc.gov.uk/cisp
Each region has its own section and locally those joining the CISP are invited to link to the Yorkshire Humberside group. Local business aql are the business ambassadors for the Regional CISP.”
If you are a victim of a Cybercrime then please report via https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
Get Safe Online has issued a warning to the general public and small businesses to avoid becoming a victim of ransomware, as the UK remains one of the most affected countries in the world.
Protect yourself and your device from ransomware - Get Safe Online has shared the following top tips for protecting yourself from ransomware:
- Don’t click on any links or attachments in emails you receive from an unsolicited sender, or even one that appears to come from someone you know, but seems irregular (somebody may have hacked or spoofed their email)
- Always install software updates as soon as you are prompted, as these often include fixes for security vulnerabilities. Do this for your operating system as well as any software programs and mobile apps
- Visit only websites you know to be reputable
- Install anti-virus software on your computer and mobile devices (including Apple), making sure to keep it updated
- Regularly back up your important files. You can do this by using an external hard drive, memory stick or online storage provider, but remember not to leave your backup device connected to your computer as the malware can then spread to there too
- If your computer has been locked by ransomware, you should contact your support provider or the retailer you purchased the device from, for assistance
- If you become a victim of ransomware, report it to Action Fraud immediately
For advice and guidance about protecting your business either before or after a cyber attack please have a look at the attached document
National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) - Small Business Guide
Below guide and infographic has been produced by the NCSC to help small businesses protect themselves from the most common cyber-attacks.
Cyber Defenders Training
The Cyber Defenders Training provides user education and awareness sessions to businesses in West Yorkshire. The training is FREE of charge.
The session provides advice around the national messages, which are backed by the National Police Chiefs Council. Some of the messages consist of providing advice around the following:
- Software and add updates
- Backing up data
- Public Wi-Fi
- Reporting to Action Fraud
All the messages and advice given is based on the national guidance from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).
West Yorkshire Police's Protect Delivery Officer who is part of the Cybercrime Team invites businesses to attend a 2 hour training session which will be based on the recently published 'Cyber Security Training for Staff' by the NCSC, who are confident that the training can help build Cyber Defenders amongst staff.
The training session will be a workshop based environment, which will include teams working together to identify:
- Why your organisation could be at risk
- Who might want to target them
- The characteristics of a phishing email, with current and real life examples to work from
- The importance of securing your device, with some recent case studies
- What a strong password is
- When and what to report to your IT team or line manager
- The pros and cons of current policies in place around cyber
For further information or to book a training session please contact:
PC Rob Cowgill (Bcs CiSMP) - [email protected]
- West Yorkshire Police Fraud / Financial Advice
- HM Government Cyber Essentials Website
- HM Government Business "Cyber Street" Website
- Get Safe Online - Online Safety Website
- HM Government "10 Steps to Cyber Security"
- Advice and guidance about protecting your business either before or after a cyber attack
Page last reviewed January 2020