Global data breach and security threat reports continue to highlight that all organisations both large and small may be subject to cyber attacks. As Forbes pointed out in a recent article, in 2014 “60 percent of all targeted attacks struck small- and medium-sized organizations”.
In previous blog entries, we discussed that these smaller organisations are likely to have the least amount of time and money to allocate to data security but unfortunately they are also major targets for data breaches due to the fact that they tend to have the most vulnerable systems and minimal capability to detect breaches.
Governments around the globe have recognised how vulnerable these small and medium sized business are and have produced considerable guidance – in the form of toolkits, downloadable resources and security status self-assessments – to help these organisations improve their security posture and better protect themselves.
For example, the Australian Government has recently launched the Stay Smart Online Small Business Guide, the Canadian Get Cyber Safe Guide for Small and Medium Businesses includes a Cyber Security Status Self-Assessment, and in the US US-CERT has collated the top resources specially designed to “help SMBs recognize and address their cybersecurity risks”.
The UK has taken things one step further and is offering small and medium sized businesses (0 – 250 employees) a voucher of up to £5,000 to buy-in specialist advice/consultancy to improve the business’s cyber security.
A special strand of the Innovation Vouchers scheme, funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, is open for eligible SMBs to apply for an Innovation Voucher worth up to £5,000 to get expert advice in protecting their business from cyber-crime which could lead to certification through Cyber Essentials (the UK Government-backed and industry supported scheme to guide businesses in protecting themselves against cyber threats).
The closing date for this Cyber Security specific round of Innovation Vouchers is 5 January 2016.
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