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Cyber crime advice for Nottinghamshire organisations

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Nottinghamshire Organisations & Charities – Current Advice

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Review key National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) key resources

The National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) re-launched Small Business Guide sets out five key areas for businesses to help improve their cyber security. 

The new-look guidance arrives at a time when many organisations have moved their operations online due to the coronavirus pandemic. It highlights accessible and actionable steps to take which have little to no cost.

The five steps in the Guide, the original version of which was published in 2017, include advice on protecting passwords and avoiding email phishing attacks. 

The five recommended areas of focus are:

1. Backing up your data: Top tips include keeping a back-up of data separate, reading our Cloud Security guidance, and backing up regularly.

2. Protecting from malware: Top tips include switching on firewalls, preventing staff downloading dodgy apps, and controlling how USBs can be used.

3. Keeping your smartphones (and tablets) safe: Top tips include making sure devices can be wiped remotely, not connecting to unknown WiFi networks and keeping device software up-to-date.

4. Using passwords to protect your data: Top tips include avoiding predictable passwords, using two-factor authentication, and changing default passwords.

5. Avoid phishing attacks: Top tips include checking for obvious signs of phishing, reporting all attacks, and testing resilience using our Exercise in a Box tool

The Small Business Guide is part of a collection of NCSC guidance which has been reviewed and refreshed to offer up-to-date tips on implementing key security controls.

This includes the Small Business Guide: ‘Actions’ resource, which breaks down the recommendations into individual steps, and our Response and Recovery guidance which outlines how to prepare, manage, resolve and report an incident if one does occur.

The NCSC has published tailored advice and guidance to support all organisations, including how they can securely move their physical operations online and safely scale-up home working.

Join Police Cyber Alarm:  

Businesses in Nottinghamshire are among the first in the country to be offered access to a new tool to help protect them from the increasing threat of cyber-attacks. 

Police CyberAlarm is being piloted in four regions across the UK, including the East Midlands, as part of a government-funded policing support package.

Police CyberAlarm acts as a ‘CCTV camera’ monitoring the traffic seen by an organisation’s connection to the internet. It will detect and provide regular reports of suspected malicious activity, enabling organisations to minimise their vulnerabilities and protect themselves.

It also allows the police to understand the current UK cyber threats and ensure that their resources can be focused accordingly to tackle it most effectively. The system is aimed at small & medium enterprises and is being offered for free. 

The threat of cyber-attacks to businesses is very real and we need to work together to combat this. 

Police CyberAlarm helps businesses and law enforcement get up-to-date knowledge of attack types and trends which is absolutely key to having a robust defence.

The data collected by the system does not contain any details of the information being sent. There is no risk to personal data, trade secrets or intellectual property.  

This is purely a monitoring system and does not interfere with normal network operations. It is a small virtual appliance outside the network and does not delay the traffic through the gateway.

Members of Police CyberAlarm will receive weekly or monthly reports detailing activity discovered on their devices. 

This report provides details of potential attacks for further investigation and also enables member organisations to minimise their vulnerabilities. 

This is a great opportunity for businesses within Nottinghamshire and the wider region to really understand the threats they are facing from cyber criminals which they can use to improve their cyber security.

Businesses can sign up for a membership as part of the pilot which runs until the 31 March 2021 via the website: https://cyberalarm.police.uk/

Further actions/resources: Register for Free membership with the East Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre

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