The aim of Cyber Security Month is not to be too technical, instead rather that we will look at ensuring that the information we share will help you understand what you can do in a practical sense to understand the potential issues and what you can do about them.

Supplementing these papers will be a simplified checklist to help distil the information and help you understand what may be behind cyber security best practice.

Our Papers will cover

Week 1


Internet security, Cloud, Devices and Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)

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Week 2


Secure Encrypted Communication – passwords, secure mail, webmail accounts

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Week 3

IT Provision & Controls

Physical security, storage, control, breaches, ransomware, phishing, smishing

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Week 4

Process & Procedures

Training, audits/reviews, insurance, processes

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Why a month about Cyber Security?

We are all aware of the threat that comes along with using the internet. What we are generally less aware of is what exactly they are and what we can do to stop them. Often the answer is not necessarily a technical one, rather it is a combination of best practice from everyone in your organisation combined with a good coherent IT software and hardware strategy.

For many countries October is the official month of raising Cyber Security awareness, including across Europe and the US.

So for each week during October we will look to publish a paper that concentrates on some of the key issues facing businesses and what they can do about them. These papers will look to build your knowledge and understanding and support you in preventing a potential attack.

The consequences of an attack

Anything related to ‘Cyber’ can often be interpreted as something related exclusively to technology hardware or software. The reality is that in addition to this firms have suffered considerably from the reputational damage that accompanies an attack. Confidence can be lost quickly and have an impact on both clients and internal staff. Revenues can be hit hard through fines and the impact on business as usual activities. The paper in week four will look to help you understand how you can help mitigate the impact of a Cyber Security breach.

Some of the fines to large organisations (non-financial services) have been large, with the largest over 700 million euros. But regardless of size the threat continues to increase, the FCA reported a 52% increase in reported attacks in the year to 2021.

Best Practice Checklist

With each paper there will be a summary checklist that we hope you will find useful, based around the topics of the week and what we think will help you adopt best practice around these topics. The consistent adoption of best practice across your business will help you prevent an attack.

Consistently it is reported that he most common reason for why Cyber attacks are successful is because of human error. Something you can control and improve by adopting a best practice approach.

Our Cyber Security Month is Supported By Our Sponsors

Beyond Encryption is the industry standard for secure digital communications, working with major household brands such as Aegon, HSBC, Royal London, Origo, Paragon Customer Communication and Westcoast Cloud.

We’ve built the world’s most secure encrypted communications network, protecting and connecting advisers, providers and platforms throughout financial services and other aligning industries with our secure email solution, Mailock.

Mailock is our versatile software platform, enabling organisations to send customer communication securely via email. Mailock protects sensitive data through end-to-end encryption and multi-factor authentication capabilities, helping our customers to remain compliant, reduce costs, and improve operational efficiencies – not to mention achieving a positive environmental impact through the reduction of print, pack, and post.

With nearly 100,000 customers across 1.8k companies, we give organisations the freedom to exchange information confidently, cost-effectively, and with full compliance, supporting businesses on their digital transformation journey.

Westcoast Cloud are a pureplay cloud distribution partner, enabling over 750 partners to make the most of public cloud services, and the associated security that is needed to support their use.

From email security, anti-phishing software for Microsoft365, to advanced tools and security for Microsoft Azure, we educate and train partners to be able to provide the best-in-class Microsoft security solutions to over 34,000 end user customers.

Alongside these tools we partner with best in breed solutions such as Beyond Encryption. This ensures markets that need that extra layer of security such as financial services and legal organisations, can stop potential attacks and disrupters accessing your customer information without your knowledge. With Beyond Encryptions advanced toolset, customers can control, manage, and maintain the security layers around their emails to ensure that the right information is reaching the right people all the time.

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