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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.

In this section

Features and articles

Focus on managing cyber risk

Bernard O’Hara, Director in Risk Consulting in KPMG, shares some thoughts on areas of focus for Business Owners and Board members in Northern Ireland in dealing with Cyber Risk.

We all have security fatigue, don't we?

Is the pressure we face to make sure our online information is secure actually making us less likely to make sound security decisions? David Jackson investigates.

Software for MTD

During the introduction of Making Tax Digital (MTD), ICAEW is sharing the latest information about the software that taxpayers and agents will need to keep digital records and to submit information to HMRC.

Cyber security and MTD

With many more people starting to keep digital accounting records, and with more electronic interactions between HMRC and tax payers, this represents a new opportunity for cyber criminals to target tax payers and their agents. Experts from ICAEW Information Technology Faculty offer their top tips on how to keep cyber secure.

Standards and regulations

Cyber Essentials Accreditation

Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed and industry supported scheme to guide businesses in protecting themselves against cyber threats. Certification against this scheme is increasingly required for any company bidding for government contracts and sometimes their supply chain too.

An essential guide to security standards

Navigating the expanding landscape of information security standards can be a challenge. If you don't know your PCI DSS from your ISO 27001, Lesley Meall's at-a-glance guide can help.


The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on 25 May 2018. It applies to everyone trading within the EEA (including UK individuals and organisations).

Finance in a digital world

Finance in a Digital World

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Webinars and recordings

Building your cybersecurity defences

Stuart Jubb, MD of Consulting at Crossword Cybersecurity, and Nikki Cole, an experienced Non-Executive Director, discuss the processes that Boards should have in place to manage their cybersecurity risks.

Cybercrime and GDPR in the Manufacturing Sector

Dr Jane Berney, Business Law manager at the ICAEW and Professor Jim Gee, Head of the Forensic and Counter Fraud Services Team discuss cybercrime and GDPR in the manufacturing sector

Securing your data and enabling clients to secure theirs

In this webinar, cyber security expert George Quigley, offers advice on how practitioners can keep their own data secure, plus what advice and services they could offer to their clients to help them keep their data secure.

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How to build a cyber-capable board

The article offers several tips for businesses to create a board of directors that can help manage cybersecurity risks. These tips include consulting both the board and chief information security officers on cybersecurity issues, demanding clarity in security reporting, and focusing on the human aspects of cyber risk.

Firm leaders look to technology to drive future change

The article focuses on the role of technology in bringing change to the delivery of accounting and consulting services. Topics discussed include technologies include blockchain, artificial intelligence, and robotic automation, digital services include cyber-security, IT advisory services, and data analytics services, and increasing the competence and skill of professionals.

IT priorities 2019: What projects are IT professionals spending their budgets on?

The article presents the findings of the Information Technology (IT) Priorities 2019 survey among IT professionals in Great Britain and Europe, the Middle East ad Africa (EMEA).

Southern Water's centralised data team gears up for silo busting

How Southern Water has overhauled its data management and business intelligence technology.

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Tech donut

Guidance on IT management topics for SMEs. Covers the following areas: computer hardware; business software; the internt; communications; IT security; buy and manage IT; IT support; staff and IT training.

Be cyber aware

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

Cyber essentials scheme

Advice from the National Cyber Security Centre to help protect organisations against cyber attacks. There are three levels of engagement , two of which leads to accreditation for certified cyber security.

National Cyber Security Centre

Practical guidance for organisations including 10 steps to cyber security. Also provides information on cyber security threats detected in the UK.

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More on this topic

Three steps to handling data breaches under GDPR

If you so much as gather or store customer, supplier, or employee data, including sensitive information like payment details, you have a cyber risk exposure, and a breach of personal data can be especially harmful, says insurance broker Bluefin.

Information security threats and solutions

Information security is the branch of risk management that seeks to manage threats to organisational information. There are of course all kinds of information security risks. They all need to be assessed and businesses need to decide how to treat each one. This guide is solely concerned with the mitigation of information security risk.

Auditing the cloud: Gaining assurance that the service is safe for business

As an auditor you face the challenge of addressing a burgeoning new form of service delivery that is not directly controlled by the organisation that has entrusted their data to the cloud. This helpsheet is intended to assist internal and external auditors to understand the risks associated with moving organisational activities to the cloud and scope a cloud-based services audit.

Developing a BYOD strategy

This guide is aimed primarily at SME organisations that need an overview of what BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) actually is, how it can be used to the organisation’s advantage and how to start developing their own BYOD and mobile strategy for using and managing mobile devices successfully within their business.

Cyber resilience

In an IT world without obvious boundaries, Amar Singh explains how to avoid cybercrime and bounce back after an attack.

Disaster recovery

This article takes a timely look at the importance of IT Continuity Management and its relationship with Business Continuity Management (BCM), its corporate benefits, key business drivers and milestones in the process, the current threats to operations, and the impact it is having on the resilience agenda.

Cyber security – another view from the top

Kirstin Gillon reports from the second of our roundtable series on cyber security, with guest speaker Ian Livingston, exploring how boards are becoming more engaged in the need to protect their business.

From here to indemnity

With cyber attacks on the rise, the need for businesses to insure against threats is imminent. Arvind Hickman talks to the experts about why prevention is better than cure

Going by the board

In the first of a series of faculty roundtable discussions, information security professionals discuss how boards can help in the fight against cyber risk. This article first appeared in the September/October 2013 edition of Chartech Magazine.

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