SMEs urged to take action in wake of Talk Talk incident

The business resilience delivery arm of the Scottish Government and Police Scotland is urging small businesses to take pre-emptive action to limit the threat of damaging cyber attacks.
In light of the Talk Talk cyber incident and the revelation that a Glasgow hairdresser had to pay a 1000 Euro ransom to cyber criminals who had seized their IT system, the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) has stressed Scottish SME’s need to stay vigilant as they can be particularly vulnerable to a strike.
It’s recommending that firms look to take urgent steps to use SBRC specialist services to protect their staff and operations.
These include:
Cyber Security Assessments
This assessment, carried out by SBRC’s ethical hackers, evaluates the level of protection present within your company infrastructure and provides you with the guidance to assist you in resolving any issues.
Corporate Digital Footprint Assessments
This gives a picture of an organisation’s footprint on the Internet and establishes how easy it is to access sensitive details.
Supply Chain Resilience Exercises
You may be secure, but are your suppliers? A single supplier that is temporarily shut down as a result of a cyber-attack could cause major issues for any customers that use its services as part of their supply chain.
SBRC director Mandy Haeburn-Little said: “When large firms are struck by a cyber attack it makes big news across the media. At the other end of the spectrum, small businesses tend not to report these attacks for the understandable fear that they can be disastrous for reputation.
“This can result in a belief that attacks only really affect large businesses. In reality, small firms face the greatest impact from a cyber attack as it likely to be of critical importance for their business operations.
“Many small companies do not have large IT departments looking after their cyber security but still have lots of valuable information, so they are viewed as ripe and easy pickings for cyber criminals.
“It’s clear that cyber crime is everyone’s problem and if you want to protect your business interests it is a problem that owners, staff and suppliers together need to address.
“But there are solutions out there, small businesses aren’t out on their own and can enlist the help of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, as well as ensuring they keep devices and firewalls updated and all networks private.”
Businesses looking to ensure that are not easy targets for cyber crime should speak to the SBRC about its range of cyber security services and how they can help to protect your business.
Haeburn-Little added: “It is important to know that there is no single fail safe measure you can take to avoid falling victim to cybe rcrime but by taking advantage of our range of services, you will ensure that your business is not a an easy target.
“With so many easy targets out there, it’s likely that if a cyber criminal does try to attack your business and is met with resistance they will move on to a more vulnerable target. Time is money after all, even to cyber criminals.”
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