IT Provision

  • Is your IT provider able to give you the confidence that they are proactively capable of tackling Cyber Threats on your behalf?
  • Work with your IT support provider to develop a joint Cyber Attack prevention plan
  • Ask your IT provider to show you evidence of their own Cyber Prevention approaches
  • Has your IT provider been audited, can they give you assurances of their own policies and procedures?

Physical Security

  • Ensure that personal information is kept securely including in a physical environment.
  • Sign in and sign out paper files and removable media.
  • Destroy / Shred all paper where the personal data has been saved to systems.
  • Control those who may operate within your business temporarily
  • Only give access to staff who need access to certain areas of the business, including locked areas of the business.


  • Limiting remote access – Only allow access where it is genuinely needed for their role
  • Physical access – Ensure you are able to track who is on the premises at all times.
  • Passwords protocol – rigidly enforce and consider employing password-generating software
  • Mobile device/removable media policy – Educate employees on best practices,
  • Identity and access management (IAM): What processes have you in place to monitor who has access and why?
  • Multi-factor or password-less authentication: adopt where available
  • Upgrades occur at the same time across the business
  • Access controls: automate and streamline access management and policy enforcement.
  • Monitoring and auditing – Audit your controls and security
  • Appoint someone to oversee the adoption of controls.

Common threats

  • Become familiar with the terms (ransomware, malware, phishing, etc.) and ensure your staff are trained and retrained at regular intervals so understanding of the dangers remains.


  • There should be a written down approach to the business; an approach to dealing with the threat of a cyber-attack.
  • When one occurs Respond swiftly and promptly
  • Redress what you are able to within the existing policy/process
  • Have transparent record-keeping showing clearly breaches and remedial actions taken including future event prevention.

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