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Businesses urged to protect against cyber-attacks

In light of recent cyber ransomware attacks, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called on UK firms to take ’urgent steps‘ to protect themselves.

The group has advised businesses to put cyber protection insurance in place, as well as checking for updates to their computer operating systems and anti-malware software.

Those using unsupported operating systems may prove to be more at risk, so it is recommended that businesses only use systems which receive regular security updates.

Firms are also encouraged to make sure that they have any essential data backed up to help ensure that data cannot then be ‘held to ransom‘ should the worst happen.

Businesses should make sure that they keep up to date on the latest cyber security advice by visiting the government-backed National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) website: this can be accessed at www.ncsc.gov.uk.

The government’s Cyber Essentials scheme also provides information on the ‘basic controls all organisations should implement to mitigate the risk from common internet-based threats’. Details on the initiative and how it may be of help to you can be found at http://www.cyberaware.gov.uk/.