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KCC launches website to tackle cyber crime in wake of NHS attack

PUBLISHED: 10:50 19 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:50 19 May 2017

Cyber crime

Cyber crime

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The Federation of Small Businesses has reported that two-thirds of its members have been victims

A special website designed to help Kent’s businesses tackle the threat of cyber crime has been launched by the county council.

Coming exactly a week after the NHS and firms around the world were crippled by an attack, KCC has taken a proactive approach as the National Cyber Security Centre warns urgent steps need to be taken to ensure protection.

Companies and large organisations are prime targets for this type of activity, and the Federation of Small Businesses has reported that two-thirds of its members have been victims.

Those affected have been victims on four occasions on average, costing each business almost £3,000 in total.

“The cyber security threat has become more complex and each business must first understand what it means for them, determine their level of acceptable risk and identify key areas that need investment in cyber security,” said KCC’s community services chief, Mike Hill.

“Most businesses will carry out risk assessments and insure key elements of their business, but IT equipment, online assets and data are often overlooked.

“Cyber crime can bring down an entire business, whether that is stolen intellectual property, commercially sensitive information or operational data that can be encrypted by malware and held to ransom.

“That is why we have taken this action – to help protect Kent businesses from falling foul of this type of criminal activity.”

Almost all of the UK’s 5.4 million small businesses rate the internet as being highly important to their business, with two in three offering or planning to offer goods and services online.

If action is not taken, the growing sophistication of cyber attacks could stifle small business growth and, in the worst cases, close them down.

The KCC site is available to view at www.kent.gov.uk/cybercrime

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