Cyber crime facts

Mike Weir MP with Ann Swain of FSB

Mike Weir MP with Ann Swain of FSB

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Businesses in Brechin and across Angus have been encouraged to think about cyber safety by Angus MP, Mike Weir.

Mr Weir has urged companies to follow the Federation of Small Business (FSB) tips to ensure they stay safe online.

The Federation of Small Businesses recently published a report, ‘Cyber security and fraud: the impact on small businesses’, which showed that cyber crime costs its members around £785 million per year as they fall victim to fraud and online crime.

The report shows that 41 per cent of FSB members have been a victim of cyber crime in the last 12 months.

However, the report finds that almost 20 per cent of FSB members have not taken any steps to protect themselves from a cyber crime, even though 36 per cent of respondents said they regularly install security patches.

In response to this the FSB has developed ten top tips for small firms to help them keep their data secure and reduce the risk of online fraud. The tips include measures on having the right security protection and practices, staff training, and having regular assessment and testing of security.

Mr Weir said: “Cyber crime can hit small firms hard, so it’s important they think carefully about the procedures in place to prevent it. The FSB’s top tips are an excellent tool for businesses that aren’t sure where to turn to for advice, and set out clear steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of operating online.”

Ann Swain, chair of the FSB’s Home Affairs policy committee said: “Tackling cyber crime is a growing priority for businesses, and while a lot of our members are taking action we need to make sure small businesses adopt a range of measures to protect themselves. Our research shows just how common cyber crime is, and the serious effect it has on firms, so we’re keen to make sure they have access to the right advice and support.”