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Cybersecurity is complex – but it doesn’t need to be costly or complicated

Knowing where to start with cybersecurity can be overwhelming, Nick Denning at Policy Monitor explains how SMEs can take some simple steps to protect themselves against common threats without breaking the bank. The pandemic tested the business resilience of every organisation. Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) had to maximise their digital footprint to keep …

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The ugly truth: the real cost of cyber breaches to SMEs

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) rarely trigger national headlines for breaches in data security and compliance, not because they aren’t a target but because the monetary impact is small compared to the big corporations.  However, breaches are all too common and while the cost of cyber breaches to SMEs, including the impact to business operations, remediation work and resultant fines, may not run into millions, it can do untold damage. SMEs are agile and lean in their business operations, and so unbudgeted costs can severely impact finances.

Cyber security is everyone’s responsibility

SMEs form a critical component of a business supply chain, yet ironically, they can also be the weakest link. Guy Lloyd at Policy Monitor explains why SMEs need to step up their cyber resilience

Organisations at the top of the supply chain rely on a nimble network of SMEs to provide niche products. This unique status provides SMEs with disproportionate access to important information. So, while it might be the big-name brands that generate attention grabbing headlines about data breaches, it can be the weak security credentials of smaller organisations that expose the entire chain.

Law Firms and Cyber Security: the 4 most common cyber threats

Data breaches are becoming more prevalent and the legal sector is a favoured target, and is falling victim to cyber-attacks at an alarming rate. Guy Lloyd at Policy Monitor explains the 4 most common cyber threats and why the legal sector should step up its focus on cyber security.

5 Steps to Sound Cyber Security

Smaller organisations are used to changing and adapting but even the most flexible have been tested in 2020.  Ironically, criminal elements have been quick to adapt their businesses, adding many Covid-19 related attacks to their arsenal.  Doing little or nothing to offset these risks and hoping that a cyber-attack “won’t happen to me” is not a responsible option. Defending an organisation from cyber threats doesn’t need to be complex, costly or confusing. Here are 5 steps to help you get organised and ensure your cyber security defences are up to the job.

How to use the CSPM infographic

In this digital age managing cyber security, regulation and compliance is a significant part of operating every business. Just to complicate things further since the introduction of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) any business that handles customer and supplier data needs to have security controls in place to protect that data.

Get serious about cyber security or risk missing out on lucrative tenders

Failing to take cyber security seriously could cost SMEs more than they realise. At a time of increased cyber threats, organisations expect suppliers to step up and evidence their cyber security credentials. Guy Lloyd at Policy Monitor explains 3 simple steps to certification that could ensure your tender bid is not rejected