Micro firms and small organisations are not safe from cyber attacks. According to the recently released Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2016, 17% of micro firms and 33% of small companies in the UK had at least one security breach in the last 12 months, and those breached companies suffered an average of 59 security incidents. Given that 99.9% of the UK private sector is made up of SMEs, cyber attacks represent a real threat to the UK economy.
They look for advice
Small companies often don’t have enough resources to employ security experts and must rely on external help when it comes to cyber security. As a matter of fact, in the last 12 months, 28% of micro firms and 68% of small organisations looked for help defending themselves from cyber threats.
They are not looking in the right place
Although the Cyber Essentials scheme was launched more than two years ago, 95% of micro and 92% of small firms are still not aware of its existence. Consequently, they don’t know the benefits of being certified, nor how easy it is to achieve with the right help.
Cyber Essentials for SMEs
If you’d like to know more about how Cyber Essentials can help your company prevent around 80% of cyber attacks, I suggest you download this free guide. It illustrates why cyber criminals target small organisations, the consequences you might face if your organisation suffers a data breach, and how Cyber Essentials can protect your most valuable but often underestimated resource – your brand reputation.