The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in the UK has released a new guide tailored to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to help them minimize the potential impact of cyber-attacks when using online services. The guide, titled “Using online services safely,” is aimed at organizations that may not have dedicated IT and support staff. It provides simple and practical advice over 10 pages, covering topics such as choosing the right service, backing up data, domain name security, creating secure user/admin accounts, and using the built-in security features of popular cloud services. The guide also offers guidance on recovering a hacked account or service following an attack. The NCSC aims to assist SMEs in using online services more securely to reduce the risk of falling victim to cyber-attacks. The release of this guide comes as smaller organizations increasingly rely on cloud or online services, particularly with the shift to remote work following the pandemic. According to a government report, a third (32%) of UK businesses experienced a security breach or cyber-attack in the previous 12 months, with the number rising to 59% for medium businesses.


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