Keeping cyber secure during coronavirus: New guidance from NCSC

Keeping cyber secure during coronavirus: New guidance from NCSC

Zoe Brown

Zoe Brown
11th June 2020

Coronavirus has had a big impact on how many businesses operate, with social distancing and advice to work from home causing a major shift to online shopping and remote working.

Many small businesses have had to find different ways and solutions to operate their business over the past few months, with uncertainty ahead for how and if normal business could resume.

Following research and feedback from SMEs on what they really need at this time, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has recently launched new cyber security advice to help with moving your business online.

Moving your business from the physical to the digital

The new guidance provides practical help and advice to prepare small businesses who are having to move their systems, ways of working and connections with employees online.

Sarah Lyons, NCSC Deputy Director for Economy and Society, said:

“SMEs have been facing extraordinary challenges during the coronavirus pandemic. As we become increasingly reliant on technology, it is vital that businesses have effective cyber security measures in place.

Asking the right questions now can go a long way to ensuring that organisations are appropriately protected in the future.”

The questions and considerations help small business owners navigate the way to keeping cyber secure during this transition, highlighting key areas where measures may need to be put in place to protect your business, data and staff when operating online.

The guidance covers:

  • Dealing with new ways of working, from new technology to programmes and systems (such as video conferences)
  • Assessing the cyber security of your business including whether measures put in place in response to coronavirus may become more permanent
  • Six questions to help you evaluate your current security status and flag any areas needing attention
  • Working with IT service providers and software to check individual security measures

You can also download an infographic which covers all these key cyber security areas that you need to be thinking about at this time.

Homeworking and video conferences: Staying secure

The NCSC also have some valuable security guidance around working from home and video conferencing, both of which have become the new norm for most of us.

Guidance on video conferencing for organisations covers selecting, setting up and securely implementing programmes such as Skype or Zoom to connect with customers and staff.

The practical advice covers everything from password protection, screen and file sharing to how to help staff use video services securely. There’s also advice on using video platforms to stay in touch with family and friends.

We’ve recently posted about cyber security while working from home, and guidance from the NCSC also provides some essential tips for remaining secure when working remotely. From setting up and using new software to how to support and help staff use their accounts securely.

There’s also advice on how to spot scam emails related to coronavirus, all of which can also be found in a handy infographic.

Coronavirus has presented many challenges for small businesses, including keeping cyber secure as new software and ways of working are implemented across all sectors. Following this guidance will help you improve your cyber security and help staff to feel more confident in their responsibilities when it comes to protecting your business and assets.

You can find more trusted cyber security advice on the NCSC website and in our content hub.