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Small companies ‘ignore cyber crime dangers at their peril’

With UK companies suffering losses worth millions of pounds from cyber attacks, training company Inteltrain has launched a scheme to increase their protection by involving staff in the battle against hackers. And it comes with a stark warning to small companies that ignore the risks.

Inteltrain offers companies large and small the opportunity to protect their IT systems through a programme that identifies people as ‘Cyber Stars’ trained in identifying risks at all levels of their business.

The programme has been specially designed and developed by cyber security experts from industry, Government and Defence and Nick Atkinson, Commercial Manager of Inteltrain, said: “One of the findings of the development team when they were putting the programme together should set the alarm bells ringing for small businesses.

“Cyber attacks do not just target big business but, despite warning that SMEs run just as much risk as larger organisations of being attacked, the majority have chosen to adopt a ‘head in the sand’ approach.

“Hackers often go for smaller businesses because they represent softer targets but they may also be in the supply chain for larger organisations where the real threat is. For example, a secretary in a factory supplying parts to a defence contractor may be infiltrated and that person’s IT systems are then used to gain access to systems higher up the supply chain.”

According to research, the average cost of cyber crime is reported at £1.46 million for large organisations, £310,800 for SMEs and, as EU regulations come into force in 2018, the prospect of fines of up to £20 million, or 4% of a business’s turnover, are a costly expense for security breaches that compromise customer data.

To counteract the danger, the Cyber Stars initiative is an on-site one day course which gives an organisation understanding of cyber security to enable it to operate safely online.

Nick said: “This course is for everyone in business and we believe that it is every bit as important as first aid, manual handling or other similar courses. Think of this as Cyber Health and Safety Training.

“A staggering 80% of breaches can be foiled through basic precautions. These range from having policies in place around the use of mobile working, acceptable use of mobile devices and storage media through to downloading of files.

An organisation could have the most robust cyber security plan in place but if staff aren’t adequately trained to follow the basic housekeeping rules or how to recognise a threat, the organisation becomes very vulnerable. Even a memory stick in the wrong hands can cause chaos.”

Cyber Stars is the country’s only accredited Level 2 training programme aimed at all staff within an organisation from receptionist to boardroom. The Level 2 Award in Cyber Security For Business is accredited by OFQUAL.

Firms who embrace the initiative can use the Cyber Stars logo to let other companies know that they are responsible custodians of data who value their IT security as well as that of their clients and supply chain.

You can find out more about Inteltrain and its products at http://www.inteltrain.com/

 

Note for Editors

Inteltrain is a leading provider of Apprenticeships and specialist, vocational qualifications for those working in the intelligence, cyber security and safeguarding communities.

They are currently the only private training provider delivering a range of programmes, specifically tailored for these communities. All of the courses they deliver have OFQUAL-regulated qualifications attached to them.