Cybersecurity and Incident Response Planning

London Business Hub is providing advice and information to help businesses and the self-employed work safely during COVID-19. This week, we provide advice and tips on incident response planning, as well as protecting your business against common online threats.

Incident response

An incident response plan is a useful tool to help you identify the steps your business would need to take to respond to and recover from a cyberattack. It can also help you prepare for other physical threats to your business and IT systems, such as flooding or fire.

The Police Digital Security Centre has published a guide setting out what to include in your incident response plan. 


Ransomware is a type of malware or malicious software that prevents you from accessing your device or the data that is stored on it. For example, the device may become locked or unusable, or the data might be stolen, deleted or encrypted so you cannot access it. In most malware attacks, the victim is asked to make a payment in order to unlock the device and regain access to any compromised data.

The Metropolitan Police Service has created a video with tips and advice to help you spot and prevent ransomware attacks. 

Setting strong passwords

Passwords help protect your devices, network and information from unauthorised access. This means setting strong passwords is critical to protecting your business from hackers and malicious software. The Police Digital Security Centre has published an infographic with examples of strong passwords, as well as commonly used ones that should be avoided. 

MPS Cyber Crime Unit 

The Police Digital Security Centre has also put together an overview of the support and training opportunities available from the Metropolitan Police Service Cyber Crime Unit. 

Browse our library of support for more tips and advice to help you work safely during COVID-19. We cover a range of topics to help you identify and prevent common online threats.

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