Staying safe online is more important than ever. Cyber criminals exploited businesses under the cover of the pandemic and despite things opening back up, they will still seek to attack companies who will be focusing on getting in sales now they’re safely back open.

So, what can your business do to protect yourself from cyber criminals?

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How many cyber-attacks happened last year?

4 out of 10 businesses suffered a cyber breach or attack last year, according to UK Government’s latest Cyber Security Breaches Survey. As the survey report states, “the pandemic has led to significant changes in ways of working. This has made cyber security harder for many organisations.”

As the ways of working change, so do the risks, and they may include risks that you may not have considered before. Remote working has had many benefits for accessibility and work-life balance, but home routers are harder to control than the ones in the office. So, what can you do?

What support is out there?

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Luckily for Welsh businesses, there is plenty of support available to help protect your business.

The Cyber Resilience Centre for Wales

The Cyber Resilience Centre for Wales delivers free training and advice to businesses, working in partnership with Welsh Universities. Businesses can also benefit from free or enhanced membership which includes access to further guidance and resources. To find out more, visit their website.

National Cyber Security Centre

The UK Government’s NCSC provides helpful advice to make the UK a safer place to work and do business online, as well as for individuals at home. With loads of top tips, guides and the latest news about threats, their website is a great place to get started. NCSC have recently launched a series of guides for SMEs across the UK, designed to help you stay safe online.

You can download the guide here or visit the NCSC website to find out more.

Tarian ROCU

Tarian, the Regional Organised Crime Unit, is made up of the three police forces of Dyfed-Powys, Gwent and South Wales Police. Working with other organisations, Tarian investigates cybercrimes across south Wales, as well as providing support and training to organisations looking to become more cyber resilient.

To find out more about Tarian and their work, visit their website.

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