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Do you trade online? Gather information via contact forms on your website? Email customers or store their personal information digitally? Take credit and debit card payments?

If you do one or more of these, then you can’t stick your head in the sand and ignore cybersecurity. You’ve got the great power; now comes the great responsibility.

By ignoring cybersecurity, you could:

If you’ve been reading this with an ever-deepening sense of dread, don’t stick your head back in that sand dune – there is guidance available, and better cybersecurity may not be as expensive as you think. Check out the Government’s Cyber Essentials Scheme and Assurance Framework, launched in 2014, which enables organisations to gain Cyber Essentials badges.

The scheme is backed by industry, including the Federation of Small Businesses, the CBI and a number of insurance organisations, and was designed ‘in consultation with SMEs to be light-touch and achievable at low cost.’

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Karl Bilby

We work very closely with our expert accountants to bring you the latest factually correct tax and accounting news. We also enjoy writing about small business news that we hope you find useful!

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