Guide

Keeping your business safe online
Last updated: 10 December 2019

Overview

To keep your business and staff safe online it's important you take steps to protect your website and networks.

There is no single way of protecting your website or networks. But common advice includes:

  • using strong passwords and user accounts
  • training staff about online threats
  • using firewalls and security software
  • installing software updates
  • backing up your systems
  • having a business continuity plan

If your business's website or networks have been hacked or become infected by a virus, you should report this to Police Scotland:

  • by telephone 999 (emergency) 101 (non-emergency)
  • in person at any police station

Cyber Essentials Certification

Cyber Essentials can help you guard against the most common cyber threats. Cyber essentials can help you to:

  • keep your internet connection secure
  • keep your devices and software secure
  • control access to your data and services
  • protect your devices and data from viruses and other malware
  • keep your devices and software up-to-date

You can find more information on Cyber Essentials on the National Cyber Security Centre website.

You can get vouchers to help you towards achieving Cyber Essential Accreditation if you're a small to medium sized: