Cyber Essentials: new Government funding scheme now open for SMEs

New funding available for Cyber Essentials A new scheme which enables SMEs to apply for up to £5,000 to cover cyber security, including Cyber Essentials advice and certification, is now open for applications

On 16th July the Government announced a new Innovation Voucher scheme. This complements an existing scheme and enables SMEs to apply for funding towards the cost of cyber security advice and certification, including  Cyber Essentials. The current round for applications closes at midday on 20 October.

Government partners up with insurance sector against cyber threats

Francis Maude (Minister for the Cabinet Office) has held a meeting, hosted by Marsh Ltd, for CEOs from the insurance sector. 
Francis Maude - Cabinet Office- government urges partnership on cyber risk withthe insurance sectorThe aim of the discussions was to develop a collaborative approach between the insurance sector and the government to reduce the cyber risk dangers faced in the online business marketplace.  The rationale behind this was that insurers and insurance brokers can help promote the adoption of good practice, including Cyber Essentials that reduce the frequency and cost of breaches.

Third year progress report for UK Cyber Security Strategy

Third Anniversary of the UK Cyber Security Strategy

An event marking the third anniversary of the UK's Cyber Security Strategy is taking place in London today (12/12/2014).

Hosted by Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude and held at the Institute for Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW), it brings together industry, academia and government leaders to highlight how the UK is building skills to boost this country's growing cyber security sector.

It follows a report to parliament on progress and forward plans to make the UK one of the safest places to do business online.

Free Government e-learning course for SME's on Information Security and Risk

Information assurance e-learning course for SMEs from UK Government Government boosts support for SME business with free Information Assurance e-learning course.

The course has been developed from governments own initiative on information security and the management of related risks across the public sector where over 200,000 people in local and central government have completed the modular course.

Cyber Street Wise campaign targets Cyber Security

Cyber Street Wise is open for Business According to a government report released last year, 87 per cent of small firms surveyed suffered an online security breach in the previous 12 months, including data corruption and loss as well as hacking and fraud.

The financial losses associated with cyber crime are just as significant for small businesses as they are for larger ones and small businesses need to do more to protect themselves and their customers online.