Your business insurers, industry regulators, the UK government and perhaps even your customers are demanding more from businesses to mitigate the challenges of cyber crime. So, what are you going to do about it?

Why you should be concerned about Cyber Crime

The myth is that cybercrime is about unwanted hacks into computer systems and that a keen firewall or password scheme is guaranteed to provide protection.

The reality is that at least 63% of the problem occurs due to staff error, where procedural safeguards have not been maintained. In other words, even robust electronic counter-measures are merely (and quite literally) less than half of the story.

Frightening statistics from highly credible sources are in the news every day. The Government’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2016 reports that 24% of all businesses detected one or more cyber security breaches in the last 12 months. However, only 51% of all businesses have attempted to identify the cyber security risks faced by their organisation.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reported that fraud and computer misuse accounted for 5.8 million crimes last year, 2.5 million of which were bank and credit card fraud. Computer virus attacks affected 1.4 million people and almost 650,000 people reported that their email or social media profile had been hacked.

One of the most insidious aspects is that some cyber criminals are targeting vulnerable people and perhaps even your family or children, to gain information that they can use to target your business.

What is Cyber Primed?

Cyber Primed utilises latest (and regularly updated) intelligence from governments, multinational IT security specialists, regulators, insurers and cyber experts to identify potential risks in your business and then works with you to apply measures to assist your business to become more robust versus potential cyber attacks.

Visit the Cyber Primed website for more information about the Cyber Primed Standard.

What does it involve?

You will be assigned a specialist Cyber Primed consultant who will get to know how your business operates and provide you with tailored support and advice.

Tailored packages might include:

  • Help to implement plans, policies and procedures
  • Informing your employees about the techniques used by fraudsters
  • Training on how to avoid error that could lead to serious risk
  • On-going risk monitoring

When you are ready, Cyber Primed will undertake a full audit against the Cyber Primed Standard. When all the suggested measures and processes are in place and your auditor is satisfied that you are doing everything you can to protect your business on an ongoing basis, you will be given the Cyber Primed logo to display, showing your clients and supply chain that your business is Cyber Primed accredited.

Cyber Primed augments the use of your electronic security measures and it’s not unlikely that Cyber Primed will also help to provide you with a renewed perspective as to what you should expect from your IT security provider.

Find out more

For more information about Cyber Primed, visit the Cyber Primed website or get in touch using the form on the left.