FSB outlines 'urgent steps' businesses should take to protect against cyber-attacks

16 May 2017

In light of the recent cyber ransomware attack, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is urging UK businesses to take ’urgent steps‘ to protect themselves.

The business group is advising businesses to put cyber protection insurance in place, as well as check for updates to their computer operating systems and anti-malware software.

Firms should also ensure that they have any essential data backed up: in the event that the worst does happen, the FSB has suggested that this would ensure that data ’cannot then be held to ransom‘.

Dave Stallon, Commercial Director at the FSB, said: ’We are raising the alarm with the UK‘s 5.5 million-strong small business community. It is vital that small businesses and the self-employed prioritise this, and that they do it today.

’These businesses have limited resources, time and expertise to deal with the current and growing cyber-crime threat, but there is specific assistance available. They should follow our guidance, and do it right now.‘

The FSB is urging businesses to keep up to date on the latest cyber security advice by visiting the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) website: this can be accessed here.

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