Innovate UK, the UK Government’s innovation agency, have curated a list of essential tips for cyber security for small businesses.
Innovate UK work with people, companies, and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy. Over the last 11 years they have invested £1.5 billion in innovation, working to determine which science and technology developments will drive future economic growth. Alongside this investment work, they work closely with innovative companies to advise on how to improve their business. With the growing threat of cyber-crime and intellectual property theft, the organisation decided to create a short list of easy to follow guidance on how to protect themselves from this threat.
To create their shortlist, Innovate UK contacted the cyber industry, thought leaders, and heads of digital risk. After this process, they developed 4 key points for innovative companies to adhere to in order to improve their security:
- Identify all possible threats
- Make cyber security a business priority
- Leverage existing schemes
- Assume you’ll be hacked
Along with an in-depth article, which can be read here they created a short form animated video that’s simple to understand without requiring a detailed understanding of the cyber threat.
Perception’s team lead, Dan Driver, was contacted by Innovate UK in the preparation of developing this advice and was quoted in the explanation of the second point, “make cyber security a business priority.”
The point in question recommends that action is taken in advance of any attack, simple steps can be taken to reduce the chance of an attack taking place, or data mistakenly leaving a network. Furthermore, this proactive approach to network security can reduce the impact in the unlikely event that an incident does occur.
In the article, Driver said, “Don't wait for an incident to occur, act now to protect the network and assets within it. Failure to do so can have significant impacts financially and impact the reputation of an organisation to a degree which they may not recover from.”
Both the article and the video are well worth a look and the advice, although seemingly basic, can go a long way to protecting a network. Perception itself helps organisations move to a more secure and proactive network security model by informing the user not only of in progress attacks, but also points of weakness and poor internal user behaviour, to minimise the risks at their source.