The name sounds scary but the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is your friend. 

They are here to help and protect businesses and individuals from cybercrime – arguably one of the biggest threats that we face both nationally and globally. In their words they are ‘Helping to make the UK the safest place to live and work online’. 

At Net Primates we keep our finger on the cybercrime pulse and endeavour to keep you informed about the multitude of cyber threats we all face, and we’re always here to help. But if you want another source of information, we’d highly recommend consulting the NCSC website. You may also wish to make your friends and relatives aware of NCSC to help them stay safe. 

NCSC provides information for: 

  • Individuals and families 
  • Self-employed and sole traders 
  • SMEs 
  • Large organisations 
  • Public sector 
  • Cyber security professionals 

As well as news items you can find advice on a range of topics including: 

  • Passwords 
  • Phishing 
  • Devices 
  • Personal data 
  • Operational security 
  • Cyberattack 
  • Cloud 
  • Education 

We think you’ll appreciate the accessible format of the NCSC website. It’s not riddled with complicated jargon, but instead offers very user-friendly information. 

To get you started here’s a great little link giving tips on six ways to improve your online security today: 

  1. Use a strong and separate password for your email 
  2. Create strong passwords using 3 random words 
  3. Save passwords in your browser 
  4. Turn on two-factor authentication 
  5. Update your devices 
  6. Back up your data 

We’d also recommend that you take a look at the main SME page where you’ll find information on: 

  • What is cyber security? 
  • What to do first 
  • Training 
  • COVID-19: advice and support 
  • Ways to protect your business 
  • Work with the NCSC 
  • Get your business Cyber Essentials Certified 
  • Further reading 

What can you do today to make your home and business IT more secure? You don’t have to do everything at once, but make sure IT security is on your radar, and on your agenda. 

If you’re concerned about an area of IT security and need further information, please do ask us at Net Primates.