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Protecting Kent firms from cybercrime

Kent County Council has launched a special website to help tackle the threat of cybercrime, following cyber-attacks on the NHS and big businesses.

Companies and large organisations are prime targets for this type of activity. FSB research revealed that two-thirds of its members have been victims of online attacks, costing each business almost £3,000 in total.

Mike Hill, KCC’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, says: “The cyber security threat has become more complex and each business must first understand what it means for them, their level of acceptable risk and key areas that need investment in cyber security.

“Most business will carry out risk assessments, insure key elements of their business but IT equipment, online assets and data is often overlooked. Cybercrime can bring down an entire business, whether that’s 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.”

Visit www.kent.gov.uk/cybercrime. As an FSB member, you also now have cyber security cover. You can find out more at www.fsb.org.uk/benefits.