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New tools to help SMEs tackle cyber security

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has launched new online tools for small organisations to help find and fix any cyber security issues.

The NCSC unveiled the services to coincide with the latest phase of its Cyber Aware campaign, which is aiming to raise awareness of cyber security among the UK's small businesses, organisations, and sole traders.

With official statistics showing more than a third of small businesses suffered a cyber-attack last year, the NCSC urged them to make use of their Cyber Action Plan and Check Your Cyber Security tools.

The Cyber Action Plan can be completed online in under five minutes and results in tailored advice for businesses on how they can improve their cyber security.

Check your Cyber Security – which is accessible via the Action Plan – can be used by any small organisation including schools and charities and enables non-tech users to identify and fix cyber security issues within their businesses.

Small businesses are a common target for cyber criminals, with the government's last cyber breaches survey revealing that 38% of the UK's small businesses suffered a cyber incident over a 12-month period.

The range of attacks can vary widely, from business email compromise to denial of service and ransomware attacks.

See: Introduction - NCSC.GOV.UK

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