Kent CC launches cyber advise website

Kent County Council has launched a special website to help the county’s businesses tackle the threat of cyber crime.

Following the recent cyber-attacks on the NHS and big businesses across the world, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) warned all businesses to take urgent steps to protect themselves from a cyber ransomware attack.

Furthermore, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has reported that two-thirds of its members have been victims of attacks, with the attacks costing each business almost £3,000 in total.

To assist it’s businesses in distancing and protecting itself from such activity, Kent County Council has launched a new cyber crime campaign, advising on how to protect against criminal activity, such as business fraud, identity theft and viruses.

Mike Hill, cabinet member for Community Services, said: “The cyber security threat has become more complex and each business must first understand what it means for them, determine their level of acceptable risk and identify key areas that need investment in cyber security.

“Most businesses will carry out risk assessments and insure key elements of their business, but IT equipment, online assets and data are often overlooked. Cyber crime can bring down an entire business, whether that is stolen intellectual property, commercially sensitive information or operational data that can be encrypted by malware and held to ransom. That is why we have taken this action – to help protect Kent businesses from falling foul of this type of criminal activity.”

Visit www.kent.gov.uk/cybercrime for more information.

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