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Find out all about the importance of Cyber Security and how to protect a customers personal information in this instalment of Signpost 2 Grow's Top Tips for Businesses.
Cyber security, also known as computer security or IT security, is the protection of computer systems from theft and damage to hardware, software or information, as well as from disruption or misdirection of services provided.
Effective cyber security reduces the risk of cyber-attacks and protects organisations and individuals from the unauthorised exploitations of systems, networks and technologies.
More and more data are now being stored about individuals, not only on local hard drives but also in cyberspace or as it’s now more commonly known ‘the cloud’. All Internet-facing organisations are at risk of attack. And with a hacker attack on average every 39 seconds it’s not so much a question of if you’ll be attacked but when.
As a business owner it is your duty to ensure that any data you hold about an individual is protected as far as is reasonably possible, the consequences of not doing so could mean heavy fines or worse still, the loss of your business and reputation.
Further support can be found on the National Cyber Security Centre Guidance website.