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UK Government sets out minimum cyber security guidelines

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In light of rising cyber-attacks and GDPR, the UK Government have laid out a set of minimum guidelines for its departments to follow. 

The Government wants to lead by example and it has laid out a wide range of requirements for itself. However, these requirements may be more than is required for your small business, but it is as well to consider what you should be doing to keep your business safe. 


The consequences of a breach can’t just be measured in monetary or data loss, organisations also have to consider the loss of customer trust. Which could be even more damaging in the long run. 

Jake Moore, ESET IT Security Specialist, explains the damage that can be done to customer trust following a breach and the need for minimum guidelines.

“It’s important to consider the loss of trust from your customers should a business or organisation ever get hacked. 

“Personal information such as phone numbers, addresses and credit card details can be stolen in seconds but it can take years to rebuild that customer confidence. 

“Having government guidelines is an excellent start. 


“Cyber security protection is an ethos and constantly needs to be updated and reviewed. 

“Organisations need to protect themselves from an ever changing landscape of attacks, so this will inevitably help, but the periodic training is key to work alongside these guidelines.” 

If you’re interested in reading the full guidelines, click here

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