Small businesses being urged to protect against cybercrime could create opportunities for IT contractors

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With the UK’s small businesses being warned of increasing cybercrime threat, this could very well open up opportunities for IT contractors with the right skills.

With the recent attack on NHS computer systems and the complete havoc it caused, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) are urging UK firms to take action by protecting themselves from any possible cyber attacks.

With seven million cyber crimes being committed against smaller businesses in the UK every year, FSB figures show that on average, a cyber crime incident costs a small business victim nearly £3,000, and takes 2.2 days to recover from.

With facts such as these, smaller sized businesses may look to increase their cyber security and will therefore need the help of IT professionals who have the most up-to-date cyber security skills.

Dave Stallon, FSB Commercial Director, commented, “We are raising the alarm with the UK’s 5.5 million-strong small business community. It is vital that small businesses and the self-employed prioritise this, and that they do it today.”

Mike Cherry, FSB National Chairman, added, “The National Cyber Security Centre has warned us that a new working week may bring more cyber ransomware outbreaks.

“We are urging all small businesses to take steps to reduce the risk of an attack. Businesses should immediately check for updates to their operating systems and anti-malware software and download them where needed.”

Daniele Cantello is an Contract Manager for Contractor Umbrella Ltd, one of the UK’s Most Respected Umbrella Companies. Learn more about Daniele on Google.

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