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New measures to help businesses with cyber security

The government has announced further measures to help businesses deal with cyber security

New measures to help UK businesses face the cyber security challenge have been announced as the Prime Minister visits the United States with UK cyber security firms.

The Prime Minister has been in the US for talks with President Obama with cyber security high on the agenda as the government steps up its efforts to combat cyber threats against the industry.

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Some of the new government support that has been announced to keep businesses stay safe on the internet includes:

  • An updated ‘10 Steps to Cyber Security’ guide which shows businesses how to combat cyber threats
  • New research published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) which shows how top UK companies are improving their responses to cyber threats, and areas to improve.
  • Publication of a new report from GCHQ detailing the common cyber-attacks used against industry by cyber criminals and how to stop them
  • Improved cyber security information and advice for businesses via the government’s Business Support Helpline, the Business Growth Service and www.greatbusiness.gov.uk
  • Funding for a new cyber security “Pre-Accelerator” programme to support early stage cyber security start-up firms and fast track them to success

Prime Minister David Cameron said:

“We need to make sure the UK remains one of the most cyber secure places in the world to do business. It’s great news that even more companies have signed up to our Cyber Essentials Scheme to keep themselves safe and we will continue to invest in supporting companies of all sizes with their cyber security.”

Business Secretary Vince Cable added

“It’s vital that we work with them to combat online crime, and make sure large and small firms alike are protected.

The measures we’re announcing today will boost the UK cyber security industry and ensure UK Plc can continue to stay safe and thrive online.”

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