Total website sales in the UK are worth £164 billion. The UK has more online shoppers than any other major country in the world. Yet, close to half of all the small businesses in the UK don’t use the internet for their business. That’s about two million businesses – sole traders, or firms with just a few employees – that could be benefitting from having their business online and grab a slice of that £164 billion.
The government has launched various initiatives to help businesses and individuals take basic steps towards reducing the risk of cyber crime :
- 10 steps to cyber security https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/10-steps-cyber-security
- Get safe online https://www.getsafeonline.org
- Be Cyber Streetwise a cross-government campaign, funded by the National Cyber Security Programme, and delivered in partnership with the private and voluntary sectors. The campaign is led by the Home Office, working closely with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Cabinet Office. It aims to measurably and significantly improve the online safety behaviour and confidence of consumers and small businesses (SMEs).
- The Cyber Essentials scheme identifies some fundamental technical security controls that an organisation needs to have in place to help defend against Internet-borne threats. All suppliers must be compliant with the new Cyber Essentials controls if bidding for government contracts which involve handling of sensitive and personal information and provision of certain technical products and services.
Employing the basics, as set out in the above, will massively reduce your vulnerability to cyber attack, so please do seriously consider them.
Financial Fraud Action UK’s (FFA UK) intelligence bureau provides a range of information and advice on online fraud.