SME BUSINESS TIPS How you can pro­tect against cy­ber crime

Stockport Times West - - SENIOR CARE -

CY­BER se­cu­rity is a grow­ing is­sue for all busi­nesses.

It’s easy to think that cy­ber at­tacks are a prob­lem which only af­fect gov­ern­ments and multi­na­tional com­pa­nies – but in fact ac­cord­ing to the Fed­er­a­tion of Small Busi­nesses, 41 per cent of SMEs were im­pacted at some level by cy­ber crime last year.

This week, Martin Ty­ley, from KPMG, shares his tips on what SMEs can do to pro­tect them­selves against this threat.

KNOW what re­ally mat­ters to your or­gan­i­sa­tion

De­ter­mine the in­for­ma­tion as­sets held by your business, in­clud­ing tan­gi­ble as­sets, data, IP and your rep­u­ta­tion. Then as­sess the im­pact to your business of loss, dam­age or dis­rup­tion to them.

Work­ing out which of your as­sets mat­ter most means you can pri­ori­tise what needs pro­tect­ing.

UN­DER­STAND the risks – what could go wrong?

It’s im­por­tant to iden­tify the types of in­ci­dent you could be sub­ject to. How at risk are you from th­ese? You also need to gain as­sur­ance that your sup­pli­ers are op­er­at­ing ef­fec­tive con­trols as they too could be tar­geted as a means of reach­ing you. GET the ba­sics right Sim­ple mea­sures can make a big dif­fer­ence. The gov­ern­ment’s ‘Cy­ber Es­sen­tials’ scheme of­fers very use­ful ad­vice on ba­sic con­trols. Re­view th­ese con­trols against those in your or­gan­i­sa­tion and re­me­di­ate any gaps.

In ad­di­tion, al­lo­cate re­spon­si­bil­ity for cy­ber se­cu­rity to a spe­cific in­di­vid­ual in your or­gan­i­sa­tion and make sure you cre­ate an in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity pol­icy.

Martin Ty­ley, from KPMG

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