National Cyber Security Centre
Small businesses given support to bounce back from cyber attacks
The NCSC has published guidance for small businesses looking to prepare their response to and plan their recovery from a cyber incident.
- Response and Recovery guide offers a 5-point plan to help get businesses back on their feet after an incident
- Guidance follows the journey from preparing for an attack to learning lessons in the event that one happens
- It is the latest in a range of products and services to help small businesses build their cyber security resilience
UK small businesses will be helped to recover quickly from cyber attacks thanks to expert advice published by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).
The ‘Response and Recovery Small Business Guide’ sets out a 5-point plan of practical advice from the point of preparing for an incident through to the stage of learning lessons from it.
It follows the publication in 2017 of the NCSC Small Business Guide, which provided help for business to protect themselves from cyber crime. Currently there is around a one in three chance that UK businesses will experience a cyber breach.
The latest guidance looks at continuity planning in the event that a business does fall victim to cyber crime, and follows feedback from businesses keen to ensure they are up and running as soon as possible after an attack.
The NCSC is committed to helping make the UK the safest place to live and do business online, and the new guidance is the latest in a range of products and services to help small businesses build their cyber security resilience. This includes Exercise in a Box, the digital toolkit recently launched to help small businesses and local authorities test their preparedness for a cyber attack.
Clare Gardiner, NCSC Director of Engagement, yesterday said:
“While it is vital that small businesses protect themselves from cyber crime, it is equally important that they know the steps to take if they do fall victim to an attack.
“We understand that it can be difficult for businesses to know where to start in the event of an attack, and the NCSC’s Response and Recovery Guide is designed to help them through the process from those crucial early preparation stages through to the lessons learned review.
“We would encourage all small businesses to familiarise themselves with this guidance so that any impact on their time, finances and reputation can be kept to a minimum.”
The Response and Recovery guidance maps out a response to an attack over the following stages:
- Preparation for incidents
- Identifying what’s happening
- Resolving the incident
- Reporting the incident to wider stakeholders
- Learning from the incident
A range of practical advice is included under these headings, including: identifying critical systems and assets, making an incident plan, analysing antivirus/audit logs to help identify the cause of the incident, and reviewing incident plans to reflect lessons learned.
The guidance was produced in response to a range of questions from small businesses following the publication of the Small Business Guide, such as how they should react to an incident and how they get back to business as usual.
It will form part of the Small Business Guide portfolio of products, alongside the original guide and the recently published actions list. We aim to create a pathway of products and services to help small businesses build their cyber security resilience and develop their maturity.
Latest News from
National Cyber Security Centre
Final call for girls to enter UK contest to find top codebreakers19/01/2021 16:15:00
There is just one week to go until the 2021 CyberFirst Girls competition begins.
Sports clubs gather for summit on the cyber threat14/01/2021 09:15:00
The NCSC is hosting a cyber security meeting to help professional sports clubs and organisations protect themselves against cyber criminals.
Public urged to secure second-hand devices ahead of January sales29/12/2020 12:20:00
The NCSC has published guidance to help the public secure second hand devices.
First-ever cyber security advice for farmers released23/12/2020 10:15:00
The NCSC and NFU have issued cyber security guidance for the agricultural sector.
NCSC statement on the SolarWinds compromise21/12/2020 16:20:00
The latest statement from the NCSC following the reported SolarWinds compromise.
ACEd It! UK universities recognised for excellence in cyber security education16/12/2020 15:48:00
Eight UK universities recognised as Academic Centres of Excellence in cyber security.
Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Education (ACE-CSE) - Gold and Silver awards15/12/2020 16:48:00
Universities which have received Gold or Silver awards in recognition of their excellence in cyber security education.
NCSC statement on incident affecting FireEye15/12/2020 11:15:00
The latest statement from the NCSC following the reported incident affecting FireEye.