Are you cyber resilient?

Published: 17 May 2017

This Business Continuity Awareness Week, Hertfordshire County Council is reminding businesses that it is more important than ever to become cyber resilient.


As recent events with the NHS ransomware last week have shown, it is crucial that all businesses in Hertfordshire pledge to make this year’s Business Continuity Awareness Week (15-19 May) the week that they become more cyber resilient and remain vigilent.


The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) has revealed that two-thirds of organisations experienced at least one cyber security incident during the previous year, and 15% had experienced at least ten.


Cyber security is everyone’s responsibility; not just those in your IT department.


We all have a role to play in being cyber resilient – make sure you stay safe by following these top tips:

  1. Use strong passwords. Integrate capital letters, numbers and characters into a memorable word.

  2. Use trusted memory sticks. Don’t plug untrusted devices like memory sticks into networks.

  3. Don’t leave your computer unlocked.

  4. Don’t click on untrusted links. Be aware of links on emails or websites that seem suspicious or are from an untrustworthy source.

  5. Take care when using unsecure networks, such as Wi-Fi hotspots.


Guy Pratt, Deputy Director of Community Protection at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “As recent headlines show, cyber resilience is an incredibly important issue. While it is essential for organisations to put measures in place to protect their security, being cyber resilient is everyone’s responsibility. Following these simple tips every time you log on will help keep you and your business safe from cyber-attacks.”


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