Cyber security update

August 16, 2017 11:05 am

You can hardly fail to be aware of the increasing cyber security threat to businesses these days.  As we become ever more reliant on technology, we also need to be mindful of the potential threats.  Of course, there have been some high-profile attacks recently that have hit the headlines.   But how do we start to protect ourselves and our businesses and where can we go for help?  That’s where the NCSC comes in.

The National Cyber Security Centre is making the UK one of the safest places in the world to live and do business online.  The NCSC was set up in 2016 to help protect critical services from cyber attacks, manage major incidents and improve the underlying security of the UK Internet through technological improvement and advice.  Moreover, their vision is to help make the UK the safest place to live and do business online.

In summary, the NCSC understands cyber security and distils this knowledge into practical guidance.  Furthermore, they respond to cyber security incidents to reduce the harm they cause to organisations and the wider UK.  In addition, the NCSC uses industry and academic expertise to nurture the UK’s cyber security capability.  They also help to reduce risks to the UK by securing public and private sector networks.  In this way, the NCSC provides a single point of contact for SMEs, larger organisations, government agencies and departments.  They also work collaboratively with other law enforcement, defence, the UK’s intelligence and security agencies and international partners.

Their website is a veritable mine of cyber security and ransomware guidance and advice.  There are also case studies available, showcasing how they have helped individual businesses.  Find out more.

Other sources of help

If you believe that you have been a victim of a ransomware attack, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.  Further comprehensive guidance on securing your business can be found on the government’s Cyber Aware website.

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