The growing cyber phenomenon means more and more businesses are dependent on internet and computer technology to store and share data, as well as making and recording financial transactions.
Increasingly, many businesses are only existent online and do not even involve the physical running of a tangible unit in order to trade.
This growth of technology, while beneficial for the smooth and cost-effective running of a business, comes with the threat of cyber criminality. All businesses are at risk and many may have already fallen victim, but does anyone know what cybercrime actually means?
Cyber Security Advisor
Cyber Security Advisor Sean O’Neil has been appointed to provide cyber security advice to businesses throughout Bedfordshire, in order to help prevent cyber attacks and bring companies together to help police tackle this growing field of crime.
Cyber security is about protecting your computer equipment, digital infrastructure and information from unintended or unauthorised access, change or destruction.
There are many tools out there to aid you in achieving this, and many websites offering advice and support for small and large scale businesses, however there are also some very simple steps that everyone can take which will help reduce the chances of your business becoming a victim of cyber crime.
Protect your business online by following a few simple hints and tips:
- Install updates and anti-virus software
- Use strong passwords
- Only download from trusted sites or organisations
- Beware of Phishing emails
- Review and protect your business' information
The Cyber Streetwise website offers a range of interactive resources and provides you with clear advice on the essentials for enjoying a safe experience online. Take a trip down CyberStreet to find out all you need to know about protecting your business.
Another excellent resource that you can tap into is Get Safe Online, which can also provide advice, support and some of the tools you need to stay safe and improve your Cyber Security.
Online fraud offences can also be reported to Action Fraud at 0300 123 2040 or by visiting the Action Fraud website.