Small businesses need to educate staff to prevent a cyber-breach

Small businesses need to educate staff to prevent...

KPMG took part in the Cyber Streetwise roundtable, which met to formulate a plan to help small firms combat cybercrime.

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Del Heppenstall, director in the cyber security practice at KPMG in the UK, comments on the “Cyber Streetwise” small business roundtable, on which he was a participant, to create an easy to understand action plan that will help small firms combat cybercrime.

Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, invited experts from Government and industry to join the discussion. The event was held in support of the new phase of the National Cyber Security Programme-funded Cyber Streetwise campaign, which focuses on helping small business owners protect themselves against cyber threats.

Del Heppenstall said: “Many small to medium sized businesses and their staff don’t realise the true value of the information they hold, whether that be financial, customer records, or intellectual property. The potential impact if this information were to be lost or stolen through a cyber-breach could be catastrophic and result in loss of business and damage to reputation amongst a whole list of others."

“Educating the workforce on the cyber threats and getting them to play their part in protecting information can be a big step in protecting valuable business intellectual property. It’s not just an issue for large businesses. Small businesses too need to review what important information they hold and how it is protected.”


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Notes to Editors:

Cyber Streetwise is a cross-government awareness and behaviour change campaign delivered by the Home Office in conjunction with the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, the National Crime Agency, Action Fraud and the Cabinet Office. It is funded by the Government’s five-year £860m National Cyber Security Programme.

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KPMG LLP, a UK limited liability partnership, operates from 22 offices across the UK with approximately 11,500 partners and staff. The UK firm recorded a turnover of £1.8 billion in the year ended September 2013. KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. It operates in 155 countries and has 155,000 professionals working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.

This article represents the views of the author only, and does not necessarily represent the views or professional advice of KPMG in the UK.

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