8 - 9 March 2016

Brussels, Belgium

19/12/2014

Data security basics for SMEs

Computer Weekly
Some basic security principles apply to all small-and-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), whether they are a one-person company or a much larger firm with a reasonably sized IT infrastructure.

Cyber security is a key theme at Cloudscape VII. The session, Just how secure are we?, raises awareness of the importance of cyber security for businesses, looking at the NIST framework as a reference for critical infrastructures, the European strategy as part of the DAE, and best practices to facilitate businesses to follow.

Another key feature is the SME cyber security priority guide, which is presented in a poster by the Royal Holloway.

Some basic principles are outlined in a recent Computer Weekly article, Security Think Tank: Data security basics for SMEs, including outsourcing IT services and what needs to be enshrined in the outsourcing contract. However, it should be remembered a company’s responsibility can't be outsourced under the various acts of parliament.

Checklists and advice for firms are provided by HM Government through its Cyberstreetwise website and the BCS Policy Hub.