Security questions to ask your IT service providers during the coronavirus lockdown, plus more advice from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).
The National Cyber Security Centre has produced guidance for businesses on the cyber security measures they should put in place, and provides a series of questions that businesses can ask their IT service providers about the security of the systems you use and rely on.
Updated government advice on cyber-crime and fraud
Measures announced over recent weeks and months to deal with coronavirus have seen our day-to-day life drastically changed – we are spending more time at home and online.
Unfortunately, criminals will use every opportunity they can to scam innocent people and their businesses.
The government has updated its advice and guidance on keeping yourself and your business protected from fraud and cyber-crime.
National Cyber Security Centre guidance
The National Cyber Security Centre has published advice on how to manage cyber security. There is advice for:
- Small and medium-sized enterprises
- Self-employed and sole traders
- Large businesses
- Individuals and families
- Public sector
- Cyber security professionals
Further cyber security resources and advice
Virtual cyber school
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) recently launched a new "virtual cyber school" as part of the government’s plans to develop the nation’s next generation of professional cyber defenders.
The online initiative aims to inspire future talent to work in the cyber security sector and give students a variety of extracurricular activities to do from the safety of their homes, such as cracking codes and fixing security flaws.
Cyber Training & Skills Repository
techUK has launched a Cyber Training & Skills Repository which brings together a range of online courses and content to help people develop their skills.
There is also a new government Skills Toolkit providing a wider range of online learning to help people to build their skills during the coronavirus outbreak and beyond.
Awareness campaigns and suspicious emails
The campaign helps people understand how to stay secure online during the current crisis and encourages people to forward suspicious emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. Over 160,000 reports have already been made, with 300 malicious websites being removed as a result.