Cybercrime: Small Businesses

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 25th July 2018.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage and enable small businesses to (1) improve their cyber security, and (2) build a robust IT infrastructure.

Photo of Lord Ashton of Hyde Lord Ashton of Hyde The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

As part of the 2016-2021 National Cyber Security Strategy the Government created the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to be the authority on the UK’s cyber security environment, sharing knowledge, addressing systemic vulnerabilities and providing leadership on key national cyber security issues.

In October 2017, the NCSC published a Small Business Guide which is freely available on its website. Following this guidance will significantly increase the protection of small businesses against the most common forms of cybercrime. The guide cannot guarantee protection from all types of cyber attack, but it sets out easy, low-cost steps that can be to protect an organisation’s data, assets and reputation. The NCSC also manages the Cyber Essentials scheme, another tool which businesses can take to protect themselves against a whole range of the most common cyber attacks.

In addition, the Government recently introduced the Data Protection Act (2018), which requires organisations to have appropriate technical and organisational cyber security measures in place to protect personal data.

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