Cyber Security Urged to Engage with SMEs

IASME chief Emma Philpott has urged the cyber security industry to improve its engagement with small and medium-sized enterprises.

At the ISSE 2015 security conference in Berlin, Philpott said: "There is a lot of focus from the information security industry at the high end.

"The approach has to be simple, there must be no cyber speak, SMEs should not be made to feel bad and the cost must always be as low as possible when engaging with SMEs."

Philpott said it is also important to focus on the positives and encourage SMEs to take small steps towards better cyber security and reward any progress made.

She said engagement by the information security industry is necessary because SMEs typically do not bother with cyber security.

Philpott added: "Another key problem is that SMEs do not hear about other SMEs being breached in cyber attacks, either because those SMEs targeted attempt to keep it quiet or they simply do not know that they were breached."

The government developed the Cyber Essentials Scheme (CES) in collaboration with IASME and other partners in an attempt to raise the cyber security profile of all UK companies. The scheme was based on research that found many companies who are breached typically lack basic security controls.

Since CES was introduced back in 2014 IASME has received 460 applications for accreditation. 258 of those received CES accreditation and 171 combined CES and IASME governance accreditation.

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