1 May 2019

Some helpful reading on cyber security

Cyber security can be a tricky area to navigate. Between the ever-changing threats and all of the false information online, it’s hard to know what’s a genuine threat and what's just a hoax. 

But it’s not all doom and gloom – there’s a wealth of information out there, you just need to know where to look! To make things a little easier, we’ve put together the best resources we can find to get you clued up and cyber aware. Whatever your approach and level of expertise, there’s something for everyone. And if you need help communicating cyber security, we’re here to help.

 

For those starting out…

  1. The National Cyber Security Centre

https://www.ncsc.gov.uk

If you’re just getting started, the UK’s independent authority on cyber security should be your first port of call.

It’s packed with useful guidelines on everything from passwords and the Cloud, risk management and establishing a security architecture. There’s also a section to report any security incidents you’ve encountered, as well as contact details for general enquiries or to ask for your own product security assessments.

 

For the visual learners…

  1. The 10 Steps to Cyber Security Infographic

https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/collection/10-steps-to-cyber-security

Knowing how to protect yourself in cyberspace can be tricky. There’s a lot of information online, so half the battle can be knowing where to start. To make it a little easier for you, the National Cyber Security Centre have produced a handy infographic and report.

They’ve broken down everything you need to do to defend your networks, systems and information into ten simple steps explaining how to secure each area.

 

For those who want to know what everyone else is doing…

  1. Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/cyber-security-breaches-survey-2018

Whether your business is big or small, this is a must-read. The 2018 survey details the costs and impacts of cyber security breaches and attacks to businesses and charities.

This report has been developed to help businesses understand the different cyber security threats they could face, and what everyone else is doing to stay secure.

 

For the naysayers who think it’s a big fuss over nothing…

  1. 60 Must-Know Cybersecurity Statistics for 2019

https://www.varonis.com/blog/cybersecurity-statistics/

Still not convinced that cyber security is a big deal? Have a read of these security statistics. If you’ve not been paying much attention to how you’re protected from cybercriminals, you might do after discovering that the average cost of a malware attack on a company is $2.4 million! A pretty scary number. Why not try assessing your business’ cyber security risk using the link at the bottom of the article? 

 

And finally, for those who like to follow the industry leaders…

  1. FTSE 350 Cyber Governance Health Check 2018

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cyber-governance-health-check-2018

As IBM’s president and CEO said, ‘cybercrime is the greatest threat to any company in the world’. It affects absolutely everyone, from small businesses to some of the world’s biggest companies.

To give others a helping hand and improve the guidance currently offered, the FTSE 350 publish a yearly cyber governance health check. This report details the current risks, people’s awareness levels, and what they’re doing to manage the security risks that threaten them.

 

These resources are a great starting point, but there’s still loads more that can be done. If you’d like more information or support, get in touch – we’ve been involved in creating plenty of campaigns from codes of conduct and compliance, to cyber security, safeguarding, security vetting and health & safety communications, so you’ll be in good hands. 

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