Are you cyber aware?

08 August 2017


From the time lost dealing with a cyber-attack, to the potential reputational damage, the impact can be considerable.

HMRC supports the government’s Cyber Aware campaign which encourages individuals and small businesses to adopt simple activities that make a big difference including:

  • Always install the latest software and app updates - they contain vital security updates which help protect devices from viruses and hackers

  • Always back-up your most important data - to an external hard drive or a cloud-based storage system. If your business’ devices are infected by a virus or accessed by a hacker, your data may be damaged or deleted

  • Provide staff with cyber awareness training - simple measures like incentivising staff to report phishing emails or educating them on ‘always downloading software updates’ can go a long way. Direct staff to for the latest advice

  • Report all incidents of fraud and cybercrime to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or online at


For more information about protection against cyber threats, read the government’s cyber essentials guidance and visit the National Cyber Security Centre’s website.