Cyber-security is one of the fastest-growing areas within business, as threats continue to increase in number and sophistication.
Indeed, cyber theft has overtaken physical theft, but many businesses choose to bury their heads in the sand rather than take action.
Not protecting your systems and information is the digital equivalent of not locking your office’s doors and windows at the end of the day.
However, for those not versed in the ‘cyber’ world, the whole subject can seem fiendishly complicated.
But it need not be, as Deep South Media found out when we decided to become Cyber Essentials-certified.
This is a government-backed scheme that gives a certain level of protection, and also includes cyber insurance.
And it costs just a few hundred pounds.
Our clients are also reassured that we have the certification and that their information is much more secure than it would be otherwise.
While Cyber Essentials is not a legal requirement, there are public and private sector contracts that only invite applications from businesses with the certificate.
The process was assisted by a cyber security company and required us to answer a number of questions about the business, its computers and phones.
Our external IT support was extremely helpful and after some revisions our answers were submitted and shortly afterwards we received notification that we had the certificate.
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