New IT Security Guide for Small Businesses

25 June 2012

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched a new IT security guide for small and medium-sized businesses.

The guide aims to support firms by providing recommendations that cost little but can significantly reduce the risks of data loss and reputational and financial damage that can result when things go wrong. It includes advice on physical security, anti-virus software and employee awareness.

Businesses that encounter a serious data breach could face penalties of up to £500,000.

The Federation of Small Businesses welcomed the guide, commenting, ‘Good IT and data security should be part and parcel of good business practice and businesses should think about the simple steps that they can put in place to achieve this’.

The guide is available via the ICO website:

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