SMEs to be offered IT security guidelines

The police and leading businesses have asked IT professionals for their feedback on new IT security guidelines for small and...

The police and leading businesses have asked IT professionals for their feedback on new IT security guidelines for small and medium-sized companies.

The guidelines, put together by police, business and government experts in the IT lobby group Eurim, aims to provide small firms with a one-stop source of advice on IT security.

The move follows concerns in the industry that security weaknesses in small firms can place larger supply chains at risk.

Tony Neate, industry liason officer at the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit, said that Eurim plans to encourage small businesses to put their own badge on the document and use it as a ready-made security policy.

"We are hoping it will make a great difference," he said. "There is a lot of advice and companies people can go to but it all costs. This document will go a long way to make small companies feel more secure and identify where they can improve."

The document gives advice on protecting and responding to viruses, hacking and denial-of-service attacks, and gives a list of organisations that small businesses can turn to for help.

Responses are due by 15 December.

www.nhtcu.org

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