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EFIA publishes free guide to cyber security

Last updated: Monday, July 11, 2016 - Save & Share

The European Fencing Industry Association (EFIA) has launched a new guide to cyber security, providing its members with free advice and guidance on the dangers of internet crime.

EFIA Chairman Bernard KilBride, who has recently completed a BSc degree in computer security, says ‘there has never been a worse time to be connected and unprotected’, with the UK fencing industry a surprisingly vulnerable sector, given its involvement in its clients’ own security requirements.

The document – The EFIA Introduction to Cyber Security – highlights the dangers of internet crime and provides direction on how SMEs can protect themselves.  It also offers information on the main threats and how to establish an effective security system, including passwords, email use, internet use, social media and back-ups.

He says: “Being a security risk could be hazardous for small businesses.  How many customers would buy from a business if they believed their own sensitive information were at risk?

“This is why the EFIA has developed a ‘simple to understand’ industry specific document, designed to raise member awareness of the issues and what can be done about them.  It provides suggestions for no or low cost solutions that they can implement to improve their cyber security right now.”

The free guide is intended as an introduction to the subject and directs members towards the government’s ‘Cyber Essentials accreditation scheme’, with more and more government departments now insisting their suppliers have achieved CE before they can work for them.

KilBride explains: “Cyber security has become a business critical issue, but unfortunately many SMEs still take a blasé approach towards this issue and mistakenly don’t see themselves as targets of cyber criminals.

“SMEs may not yield value in themselves, but their lack of security awareness and protection makes them valuable as a stepping stone to more lucrative targets such as their customers.  We are hoping that the launch of this guidance document will enable members to understand and implement the processes required to maintain their own online security.”

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