Poor Cyber Security – Is It Holding Back Your Business?

Worcestershire’s ‘Be Cyber Secure’ programme was launched last week. The programme helps Worcestershire based SME’s protect and improve their cyber security, enable business growth and achieve cyber accreditation. The programme draws on a partnership of several Worcestershire based organisations such as; Worcestershire Business Central, University of Worcester, National Cyber Security Centre and borwell ltd.

A report conducted on behalf of the UK Government found that just under half (46%) of all businesses in the UK identified at least one breach or attack of security in the past year alone, the most common of these being related to staff receiving fraudulent emails (72%), followed by viruses and malware (33%), imposters impersonating the company / organisation online (27%) and ransomware at 17%.

After the mammoth attack that the NHS found themselves embroiled in two weeks ago, the importance of cyber security within your business is paramount. Many attacks occur within a business due to human error, highlighting the importance of staff awareness and vigilance. However, few businesses currently provide staff with cyber training nor have formal policies in place in the event of a cyber-attack or breach.

The launch of ‘Be Cyber Secure’ offers Worcestershire SME’s free specialist advice and diagnostics provided through borwell ltd. If eligible, businesses are able to access a minimum of 12 hours’ free specialist cyber security support tailored to your needs, revenue and capital grants of up to £20,000, assistance in obtaining cyber accreditation and ethical penetration tests and vulnerability reports.

For any further information please do not hesitate in contacting the Worcestershire Business Central team on either 01905 677888 or info@business-central.co.uk.

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