Cyber security guidance for business

Guidance to help businesses and organisations improve online security and protect against cyber threats.

All organisations should take basic steps to protect themselves online

You can take some simple steps to protect your business against online security threats. Having good cyber security measures in place will help protect your cashflow, your customer data and your reputation.

You can also get a Cyber Essentials certificate to protect against common internet threats and show your customers you take the issue seriously.

Don’t delay - take action to protect your business now.

Get the basics right

Cyber Aware offers simple advice to help small businesses and citizens stay safe online.

Small Business Guide is a new guide from the National Cyber Security Centre showing how to improve cyber security within your organisation quickly, easily and at low cost.

Free Online Training This free 60 minute e-learning module helps you and your staff understand information security risks and how to protect against fraud and cyber crime.

Cyber Essentials shows you how to put technical measures in place to protect your business against the most common internet threats. You can also apply for a Cyber Essentials badge to demonstrate to customers your business takes this issue seriously. Cyber Essentials is recommended by Government for all organisations which rely on the internet.

Get free online training for you and your staff

Cyber security training for businesses This page details a range of free e-learning courses to help businesses and staff protect themselves online.

Introduction to Cyber Security This course developed with the Open University and FutureLearn offers a comprehensive introduction to cyber security and how to protect your digital life online. Anyone with an interest can take part. Study is around two hours per week over eight weeks.

Report cyber crime and online fraud

Action Fraud is the UK’s national fraud and internet crime reporting centre. Use the online tool to report online fraud or cyber crime to the police.

Ask for help

Get Safe Online offers businesses and the public a wide range of free expert advice, including a tool for asking questions about online security.

Find IT and cyber security companies in the UK This directory lists UK cyber security companies by name, by services or by products so you can find the help you need.

The Cyber Security Incident Response scheme provides details of certified companies which can help you clean up after a cyber attack.

Certified Cyber Consultancy helps larger organisations get the right cyber security consultancy services to protect their information and do business online safely.

The Cyber-security Information Sharing Partnership (CiSP) enables businesses to share information on cyber threats, get Government threat alerts and discuss security issues via a secure online platform.

Advice for large businesses

The 10 Steps to Cyber Security shows larger businesses and organisations how to put a comprehensive cyber security risk management plan in place. This guidance is recommended by Government for all large organisations operating online.

Cyber security guidance for non-executive directors helps non-executive directors talk with board colleagues about cyber security risks. It details the questions NEDs should ask to help their company prosper in the information economy age.

Cyber security in corporate finance Understanding, anticipating and managing cyber-security risks in corporate finance is crucial for all company directors and advisers.

Get specialised cyber security guidance

The new National Cyber Security Centre offers a wide range of useful guides on all areas of cyber security including password guidance, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and network encryption, as well as advice on how to deal with issues such as phishing, social engineering, patch management, denial of service (DoS) attacks and cloud computing security.

Published 1 March 2016
Last updated 16 November 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added link to new NCSC Small Business Guide
  2. First published.