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Security for businesses is no longer fences, locks and CCTV; we now have to think about passwords, firewalls, ransomware and virus protection.

You and your staff need to protect your business interests from potential cyber threats which could severely damage your company and put your customers at risk.

Top tips for staying safe:

  • Ensure you are backing up data regularly
  • Download and install updates to software, anti-virus / anti-spyware and operating systems as soon as they are available as they often contain security fixes
  • Train staff to understand the risks, e.g. clicking on links or opening attachments on emails - prevent them from being the weak link
  • Screen attachments and links within emails and carefully manage what is / is not allowed through
  • Limit Remote Access capability to authorised employees and ensure this is secure
  • Secure any potential access to your server(s) through mobile devices, your CCTV system or any other hardware peripherals (e.g. printers, microphones, etc.)

Where to go for information

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have a good selection of guidance documents that can help you better protect your business.

Since 2014 the government has been taking steps to increase the levels of cyber security in its supply chain through the Cyber Essentials scheme.  The scheme defines a set of requirements to provide basic protection against the most prevalent forms of threat coming from the internet. 

Gloucestershire Constabulary's Safer Cyber Twitter feed


Page last updated: 18 January 2018