As small businesses become ever more reliant on computer systems and the Internet it is important to be aware of the threats and what you can do ensure that you and your business remain secure. Below are links (click on the image) to a number of government publications that give guidance.
We recommend the following two guides as essential reading. Tracking my Digital Footprint is what you can do minimise the information you leave behind when you use the Internet. The booklet shows what others can easily discover about you via a few Internet searches and suggests simple ways to obstruct anyone attempting to target you and your online accounts.
The second guide gives the basics about protecting any small business.
The next guide may be relevant if you have a small business network. Increasingly businesses allow their employees to connect smart phones, tablets and laptops to the network – this is known as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and it is important that you understand the risks that this brings.
The following guide is probably not relevant to most tourism businesses.
Free online training course
Responsible for Information is a free online e-learning course aimed at staff in micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. It helps employees and business owners to understand information security and associated risks, and it provides good practice examples and an introduction to protection against fraud and cyber-crime. Again, it is well worth spending a short time looking at this and using it as a staff training aid.
Lots more information
Gloucestershire Constabulary covered cyber security at a members meeting – see the report for further links and information.