Helping businesses manage their cyber risk

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is encouraging businesses to bolster their cyber security in light of the events in Ukraine and the increased threat of cyber-attacks.*

For small and medium business owners, the current conflict might seem far-removed from the day to day running of their business. They may find themselves believing they’re not at risk or that cyber attacks only happen to large corporate organisations.

We know that this isn’t the case – hackers don’t discriminate and most businesses, regardless of size or sector, are at risk.

Together with Aviva, brokers can play a key part in ensuring clients understand that the threat is real and that falling victim to a cyber attack or data breach can have a huge effect on their business.

When it comes to good cyber hygiene, it’s about getting the basics right. Putting simple measures in place, for example ensuring software is up to date and that staff are trained to spot the signs of a potential attack, can make a big difference when it comes to bolstering cyber defences.

We’ve developed this quick guide to help businesses manage their cyber threat, providing them with some practical guidance on reviewing their IT tools and processes as well as how to spot a malicious email.

And don’t forget, you can also visit Broker Create to access ready-made cyber content that you can dual-brand and share with your clients.

It’s understandable that many small businesses may not draw a link between a global conflict and the increased cyber risk to their own business. However, it is widely reported that cyber attacks are on the rise. For SMEs in particular, cyber-attacks can be devastating to both the company’s reputation, as well as its bottom line. We think that brokers, as trusted advisors to their customers’ business, have an important role in helping their SME customers identify and prepare against this increased threat.

Alana Muir, Senior Cyber Underwriter, Aviva

*NCSC advises organisations to act following Russia’s attack on Ukraine, NCSC, March 2022