New checklist is helping small businesses avoid cyber attacks in 2024

by | Mar 2, 2024

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  • Compliance experts warn of significant fines and risks that could cripple small businesses if they don’t protect themselves from cyber-attacks.
  • In 2023, there were 1,351 cyber attack incidents, affecting 2.2 billion breached records.
  • Compliance expert offers cybersecurity advice and a free, downloadable checklist for small businesses to ensure they’re covering their backs and not at risk.

A warning has been issued of significant fines and consequences that are crippling businesses across the UK as cyber threats reach an all-time high.

As businesses prioritise cybersecurity in 2024, they’ll be wondering what they can do to protect themselves against cyber attacks.

It is often the simplest of errors that lead to a cybersecurity breach. Many small businesses inadvertently share access, work from public spaces and risk sharing data due to a lack of understanding or awareness of what can cause a cyber attack.


In a bid to open up the conversation around navigating cybersecurity, especially as a small business, Skillcast is offering a free, downloadable cybersecurity checklist. Their valuable insights highlight the areas where small businesses are most likely to fail in protecting themselves from a cyber attack. 

 
 

Vivek Dodd, CEO of Skillcast, commented, “As cyber threats continue to evolve in sophistication and frequency, businesses must prioritise proactive measures to safeguard their assets and data.

“Firstly, maintaining robust cybersecurity hygiene is imperative. This includes regularly updating software, implementing strong password policies, and educating employees about phishing scams and social engineering tactics.

“Secondly, deploying advanced security solutions such as endpoint protection, intrusion detection systems, and firewalls can support defences against a wide range of cyber threats. Additionally, utilising encryption technologies to protect sensitive data both at rest and in transit can mitigate the risk of data breaches.

 
 

“I recommend conducting regular security audits and assessments that can help identify vulnerabilities and gaps in existing defences, allowing for timely remediation actions. Lastly, fostering a culture of cybersecurity awareness and vigilance across all levels of the organisation is essential. Encouraging employees to report suspicious activities promptly and providing ongoing training and resources can significantly contribute to a proactive defence posture.

“By adopting a multifaceted approach to cybersecurity and remaining vigilant against emerging threats, businesses can better protect themselves day-to-day in an increasingly digital landscape,” added Dodd.


If you are asking yourself any of the above questions or are concerned about cybersecurity gaps within your own business, visit the Skillcast site for further information on cybersecurity and training.

 
 

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