New campaign urges SMEs to be "Cyber Streetwise"

James Brokenshire has urged Bexley firms to consider strengthening their online security as a way of growing their digital revenues as well as preventing online crime. James’ comments come following the launch of the “Cyber Streetwise” campaign which provides advice and guidance for people on how to protect their information online. In particular, the campaign urges small and medium-sized businesses to take important steps towards protecting their data..

In a recent survey, 82% of consumers said that they would buy more online from SMEs if they were better at demonstrating how well protected they are against cyber crime. However, Government research has shown that only half of SMEs regularly monitor their IT systems for breaches, restrict access to their IT networks and control the use of USB storage devices.

The newly-launched Cyber Streetwise website – www.cybestreetwise.com -  which was launched by James this week in his role as Security Minister,  features a range of interactive resources, providing impartial advice and tips on the simple yet effective changes which can help protect your business, including an online health check, which measures just how cyber savvy your organisation is.

Not only does becoming more cyber streetwise improve a business’s ability to protect their data, it may also help to attract new customers with almost 60% of online shoppers currently favouring big brands because of their internet security and 77% of procurement managers saying that the ability to demonstrate cyber security credentials forms part of their vetting procedure for new suppliers.

Commenting James said:

“The internet has created huge opportunities for SMEs, but more businesses need to ensure they are protecting themselves from cyber criminals.Companies who have effective cyber security in place can gain an advantage over their competitors because they are trusted by their customers.  If people are aware their data and details are safe they are more likely to do business with you. “ 

“The ‘Cyber Streetwise’ website is designed to provide SMEs with impartial advice and tips about how to make some simple but effective changes to improve their online security. This in turn will enhance their reputation, improve consumer confidence and ultimately, boost sales.”

You can check out online security tips at www.cyberstreetwise.com.