Cybercrime – protecting your business and staff: updated guidance

Cyber crime is a huge problem  for businesses.

A recent survey by the British Chambers of Commerce suggests that one-in-five businesses have been  affected by cyber crime in the last 12 months while a report from HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services estimates that half of all crime is cyber related.

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce has been working with the new Cyber and Digital Crime Unit at Cumbria Police to assemble a suite of tools to help businesses protect themselves. You’ll find information, a staff-training video, podcast and information on how to report cyber crime.

By following the advice here, you can reduce the chances of becoming a victim by 80%.

Get informed on the latest developments in cybercrime with this episode of the Cumbria Chamber podcast with DC Jon Hill of Cumbria Police’s Cyber and Digital Crime Unit

Where to start

A good place to start protecting your business against cybercrime is with the Police Cyber Alarm, a free tool which will detect and provide regular reports of suspicious cyber activity and the North West Cyber Resilience Center, a not-for-profit providing small businesses with a range of cyber security services.

  • Police Cyber Alarm. Click here.
  • North West Cyber Resilience Centre. Click here.

Chamber IT Solutions

Chamber members can access a FREE cyber security review to assess your current setup and piece together a comprehensive report on areas of improvement within your IT controls and current procedures. Find out more.

National Cyber Security Centre cyber security training for staff now available

The NCSC’s e-learning package ‘Top Tips For Staff’ can be completed online, or built into your own training platform.

It’s totally free, easy-to-use and takes less than 30 minutes to complete. Get access.

Other useful resources

We also recommend these six easy-to-follow guides produced by the National Cyber Security Centre:

  1. A guide to recovering hacked online accounts. Click here.
  2. Protecting devices from viruses and malware. Click here.
  3. Dealing with targeted phishing emails. Click here.
  4. Using passwords to protect your devices and data. Click here.
  5. Dealing with suspicious emails. Click here.
  6. Ransomware prevention and recovery. Click here.

There are three more technical guides tailored towards your IT support staff:

  1. Preparing for denial of service attacks. Click here.
  2. Security guidance for iOS devices. Click here.
  3. Security for cloud services. Click here.

How to improve cyber security within your organisation – quickly, easily and at a low cost. Click HERE to download a copy

Small Business Guide

“Cyber-crime is now the fastest growing crime type in the country. The threat to businesses in the UK remains with over 40% of small and medium businesses targeted within the last year. We must be resilient and embrace the initiatives and tools available to keep us safe.” – DC Jon Hill

Find out more:

National Cyber Security website – Click HERE

Action Fraud website – Click HERE

Cyber & Digital Crime Unit contact details:

Tel: 101 ext: 41370

Cumbria Police