The BID have signed up to The Eastern  Cyber Resilience Centre (ECRE) to benefit from the free advice and support the centre gives to help us undertake a health check of our day-to-day IT practices.

There is a lot of free guidance on their website to help you reduce the likelihood of your business being a victim of cyber crime. And what you do for your business, you can do for your personal and family’s cyber security too.

Does your business insurance policy include Cyber Crime Protection?

Online crime, Cyber Crime, continues to increase as more of us use and rely on web based systems for our business and personal life. Keep your money and your reputation for online business safe.

Why Should My Retail Business Join The ECRC?

First off membership is free, and secondly most of the services and guidance are free to access as well. They are Police, which means you can trust them to put your business first. And they have access to vast amounts of information and resources to help you protect yourself from the growing threat posed by cyber criminals.

Remember – just carrying out a few simple non-technical and often free steps can hugely reduce the chance that you will become a victim of a successful cyberattack.

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Federation of Small Businesses cyber crime stats

The publication Calling Time on Business Crime was published in Oct 2019 by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

FSB describe their findings as “stark” quoting that “81% of small businesses a victim in the last two years (up from 49% in 2017-2019) – and a very low investigation / successful prosecution outcome.

[They say this] is a mix of traditional crime – theft, vandalism, burglaries, etc – as well as a rise in organised shoplifting and violent offences. Plus, fraud (invoice fraud being the highest) and nearly three quarters suffering attempted cyber-crime.”

FSB continue to liaise on their  range of specific policy recommendations for the Home Office, Police & Crime Commissioners and others, to continue to challenge to those seeking election in 2024.

In more detail, FSB’s research showed that the most frequently-reported types of cyber crime were:

    • Phishing – including spear phishing (51%)
    • Malware (36%)
    • Processing fraudulent payment online (29%)