The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), part of national security centre GCHQ, provides advice and support for the public and private sector on avoiding data security threats – they are your go-to source for plain English cyber security information.
Their guide specifically for small businesses summarises low cost, simple techniques to improve cyber security within your business, and is available as a handy PDF guide to download, as well as an infographic with just the main points – worth printing and sticking to the wall!
2. NCSC – 10 steps to cyber security
The NCSC’s ’10 steps to cyber security’ provides information about the ten key steps to a sound security strategy, such as configuring your systems and networks securely, managing user privileges, educating staff, using the right malware protection, and ensuring data is protected when out and about.
There is a high-level PDF as well as more in-depth technical advice sheets on each step, and the site provides a good overview on why protecting your data is a board-level responsibility.
3. NCSC – Cyber Essentials
Following on from the ‘ten steps’, the government’s Cyber Essentials scheme offers practical, step-by-step advice on what basic controls to put in place to protect your data, jargon free and on a single webpage – there is also a handy checklist at the end to check your progress.
Aimed at small organisations looking for a brief overview to the main points of the Cyber Essentials, the NCSC’s video series introduces the five quick and easy steps to data security plus some further reading.
5. Get Safe Online
Much of the government’s Get Safe Online website is aimed at the general public, but its business section includes a large number of comprehensive explanatory overviews on many aspects of data security, and a jargon-buster section for breaking down many of the terms.
It includes a wealth of information in one place and in plain English, on the main regulations, different types of security attacks and risks, types of scams and attacks, hardware and software information.
The IASME governance standard was created during a government-funded project to create a cyber security standard easily affordable to smaller organisations, and as a more achievable standard to the international ISO27001.
IASME assesses and certifies organisations against two standards at both the self-assessment and audited levels. You can also download a free copy of the standard on their website which is aimed at helping organisations understand their risk profile in detail and see the typical test that you’ll need to pass to be certified.
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