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Cyber security

Cybercrime and threats to computer systems have become a major concern of businesses around the world. Our growing reliance on IT and the internet has greatly increased the impact of hacking, security failures and the loss of systems. At the same time, cyber attackers have become more sophisticated and organised. How worried should businesses be? And what are the main steps they should be taking? This resource centre provides a focal point for ICAEW members looking for support in managing cyber risks.

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Features and articles

COVID-19 risk briefing

Covid-19 is creating exceptional circumstances and while the country adjusts to life under lockdown, criminals are identifying ways to exploit the vulnerable at this time of uncertainty.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): tech considerations around home working

26 March 2020: coronavirus is forcing many people to work from home to reduce social contact and minimise the associated risk of transmitting the disease. Technology is key to helping people work at home, so what are some of the things to consider when setting up and managing home working for your staff over the coming weeks and months? 

Coronavirus guide: cyber hygiene and data

Criminals thrive in times of uncertainty and fear, and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has already reported an increase in cyber threats which refer directly to the coronavirus. This guide outlines the key steps to basic cyber hygiene and highlights some useful resources.

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Evaluating the risk of cyber-crime and data breach

Are you doing enough to manage the risk of cyber-crime and data breach in your business? Marsh Commercial will focus on the risk of cyber specifically to small practitioners, and may highlight the gaps in your cover that are leaving your business exposed.

Police briefing on Cyber threats

Get expert police advice on the latest cyber threat intelligence and learn how to keep yourself and your company safe from a cyber attack.

Cyber security: the importance of people, culture and training

This is a panel discussion on Cyber security: the importance of people, culture and training. The panel members are: Jim Gee, National Head of the Forensic Services team, Crowe UK; Karen Morrall, Chief Executive Officer at Lockdown Cyber Security; Julia Seppä, Chief of Staff, cyber risk advisor focusing on digital identity, Deloitte Finland. Moderated by Kirstin Gillon, Tech Faculty, ICAEW

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7 pressing cybersecurity questions

This article offers 7 questions to ask to make sure your board understands how cybersecurity is being managed by your organisation. Asking these questions will also raise awareness of the importance of cybersecurity, and the need to prioritize action.

ICO criticises government-backed campaign to delay end-to-end encryption

The article reports that the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has stepped into the debate over end-to-end encryption (E2EE), warning that delaying its introduction leaves everyone at risk – including children. It mentions that the privacy watchdog said end-to-end encryption plays an important role in safeguarding privacy and online safety, protecting children from abusers, and is crucial for business services.

Cybersecurity and forensic accounting join forces to combat criminals

How the skill sets of cybersecurity and forensic accounting experts can intertwine and be used collaboratively when cybersecurity issues come to light.

Cloud storage compliance pitfalls

Article outlines post-Brexit cloud storage compliance issues that could be an issue for organisations. These include the Data Protection Act 2018, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and the Network and Information Systems (NIS) Directive.

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10 steps to cyber security

Guidance on how organisations can protect themselves in cyberspace, including the 10 steps to cyber security, an introduction to cyber security for executive/board-level staff and an explaination of what a common cyber attack looks like, and how attackers execute them.

A practical guide to IT security

Guidance from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) which gives advice for small businesses on how to keep IT systems safe and secure.

Be cyber aware

Government campaign to raise cyber security awareness. Gives advice on: protecting your device; protecting your data; and protecting your business.

Cloud security guide for SMEs

Guidance from ENISA on the security risks and opportunities of cloud services for SMEs. Includes forms for assessing risks and opportunities and collecting relevant information about the security aspects of a cloud service.

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Cyber security

This resource centre provides a focal point for ICAEW members looking for support in managing cyber risks.

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