Cybersecurity and Working Safely During COVID-19

London Business Hub is providing advice and information to help businesses and the self-employed work safely during COVID-19. Our library of support covers a wide range of topics to help you identify and prevent common online threats.

Using email securely

It’s important that businesses, the self-employed and employees know how to use email securely. The following resources provide advice on email best practice:

Asset management

Asset management is the process of documenting an organisation’s resources, such as hardware, devices, applications, software and data. It helps businesses to manage and protect their assets from cyber threats. The following resources provide advice on asset management:

  • Know what you have
    This GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit helps businesses to identify all their devices and applications, as well as take steps to secure them.
  • Restrict user privileges to reduce the insider threat
    This blog from the Police Digital Security Centre (PDSC) explores how businesses can prevent accidental or intentional harm from within an organisation.
  • Asset management benefits
    This article from the PDSC sets out the benefits of effective asset management.
  • Using removable media
    This article from the PDSC outlines the do’s and don’ts when using removable media such as USB devices and memory cards.
  • Tips to manage user privileges
    This article from the PDSC outlines how to manage user privileges, which is the level of access a user has to online resources.

Staying alert to cyber threats

It’s important that businesses, the self-employed and employees are alert to cybersecurity threats. The following resources provide advice on identifying and addressing online threats.

  • What would a cyberattack look like in the real world?
    This video from Hiscox UK outlines different types of cyberattacks.
  • Money mules
    This video from the Metropolitan Police explains how to avoid being a money mule.
  • Payment fraud
    This video from the Metropolitan Police provides advice on avoiding payment fraud.
  • Online shopping
    This video from the Metropolitan Police provides tip on how to safely shop online.
  • Weekly threat report
    The National Cyber Security Centre publishes a weekly report to help businesses keep up to date with current online threats and scams.
  • Glossary of common technical terms
    The Police Digital Security Centre has published a short glossary of common technical terms.
  • Threat alerts
    The Police Digital Security Centre has published advice on how businesses can sign up for threat alerts.
  • Glossary of common attacks
    The Police Digital Security Centre has published a glossary of common cyberattacks.

Cybersecurity certification

Investing in cybersecurity certification can help protect your business from online threats. It also helps demonstrate that your business is serious about cybersecurity, which can be useful when bidding for work or trying to secure a new contract. The following resources provide an introduction to cybersecurity certification: 

  • Investing in cybersecurity certification
    This blog from the Police Digital Security Centre outlines the government-backed Cyber Essentials certification scheme.
  • Cybersecurity for SMEs
    In this article, the Police Digital Security Centre introduces its Digitally Aware and Digitally Resilient certification schemes.
  • NCSC certification 
    The National Cyber Security Centre (NSCS) provides information about where to become cybersecurity certified, as well as how to find certified services.
  • The importance of cybersecurity
    In this blog, the Police Digital Security Centre explains why cybersecurity is so important for businesses.
  • 10 steps to cybersecurity
    The National Cyber Security Centre has published an infographic setting out 10 steps to cybersecurity.
  • Cybersecurity small business guide
    The National Cyber Security Centre has published a guide to cybersecurity for small businesses. It covers topics such as backing up data and avoiding phishing attacks.
  • Cyber Essentials
    This guide provides an overview of the Cyber Essentials scheme.

Antivirus and malware protection

Antivirus software helps businesses to protect their devices and data from viruses and malware. The following resources provide advice and information to help prevent viruses and other online threats:

Cybersecurity and working from home

The following resources provide advice on how to work safely from home: 

  • Top cybersecurity tips for working from home
    The Police Digital Security Centre (PDSC) has published 10 cybersecurity tips for working from home, as well as advice to help businesses spot coronavirus-related phishing emails.
  • Security tips for closed business premises
    Secured by Design, the Police Digital Security Centre and the National Counter Terrorism Security Office have put together a leaflet containing the top 10 security tips for closed business premises.
  • Securing conference calls
    The Police Digital Security Centre (PDSC) has published a blog about the steps businesses and the self-employed can take to secure live conference calls.

Managing information and technology risks

There are lots of steps businesses can take to manage information and technology risks. The following resources provide a starting point:

  • Managing your information risk
    The National Cyber Security Centre has produced an infographic to help businesses and the self-employed understand how to approach, assess and manage information and technology risks.
  • Small Business Guide: Response and recovery
    The National Cyber Security Centre has published a short guide to help small and medium-sized organisations prepare their response to and plan their recovery from a cyber incident. The guide sets out five practical and low-cost steps businesses can take.

How to manage your data

Good data management can help prevent a breach or cyberattack. The following resources provide advice on how to manage data: 

  • Managing a breach
    The Police Digital Security Centre has published a blog about how to manage a breach or cyber attack.
  • Data backup
    This blog provides advice on how to protect company data.
  • Backing up your data
    The Police Digital Security Centre has pulled together top tips for backing up your data.
  • Backup options
    The factsheet helps businesses identify the best backup option for their organisation.
  • Cloud computing
    This factsheet provides an introduction to cloud computing.
  • What is BYOD?
    This video provides an introduction to bring your own device (BYOD).
  • Mitigating the risks of BYOD
    Watch this video for tips on how to mitigate the risks of BYOD.

Using social media and apps safely

It’s important to use social media and third-party apps safely. The Police Digital Security Centre has published a number of resources to help businesses and employees manage their privacy settings on social media sites, including:

The Police Digital Security Centre has also published advice about how to download and use third-party adds.

 

Setting Secure Passwords

Setting secure passwords is a practical and cost-effective way to strengthen your cybers resilience. The following resources provide advice on secure passwords: 

Operating systems

An up to date operating system can help protect your devices from cyber risks. The following resources provide having on updating operating systems:

Incident response

An effective incident response strategy supports businesses and the self-employed to respond to a cyber attack or breach. The following resources provide advice and information to help strengthen your incident response activities:

  • Cyber Protection: Preventing business paralysis
    This blog from the Police Digital Security Centre discusses the importance of cyber insurance.
  • Exercise in a Box
    This online toolkit from the National Cyber Security Centre helps organisations to find out how resilient they are to cyber-attacks and practice their response in a controlled environment.
  • Would you be ready?
    This online quiz from Business in the Community helps businesses to assess how ready they are to respond to a business interruption, such as a cyber attack.
  • Cybersecurity products and services
    The National Cyber Security Centre provides a database of certified products and services that help businesses to protect and guard against a cyber attack.
  • Social Engineering: What to do when a scam is convincing
    This blog from the Police Digital Security Centre provides advice about social engineering scams.

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