Cybercrime: Small Businesses

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 22nd March 2018.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to help protect SMEs from cyber threats.

Photo of Margot James Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

We are committed to making the UK the safest place in the world to live and do business online. This includes ensuring all UK organisations - including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) - are secure online and resilient to cyber threats.

The National Cyber Security Centre offers a range of guidance and support for SMEs. This includes the Cyber Security Small Business Guide launched in October 2017, which provides quick, easy and low-cost cyber security advice to small businesses; and Cyber Essentials, a certification scheme setting out the technical measures to protect against common cyber attacks.

In addition, the Cyber Aware campaign offers practical advice to micro-businesses, encouraging employees and customers to adopt simple, protective cyber security measures. Further detail is set out in the National Cyber Security Strategy, which is backed with £1.9 billion of investment to keep the UK safe online.

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