London Launches Cyber Defence Strategy for SMEs

As part of the mayor's business crime strategy, the London Digital Security Centre has been set up by the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime.

Stephen Greenhalgh, the deputy mayor for policing and crime, launched a public-private partnership initiative to help the city's small businesses protect themselves from cyber criminals.

Greenhalgh said: "This is a landmark because we have moved from strategy and aspiration to action, and today sees the start point of thinking about how we protect London's micro to medium-sized businesses.

"Above all, the mission is to prevent crime from happening in the first place by ensuring that businesses are as diligent in ensuring their digital infrastructure is robust and as hard to penetrate as they are about protecting their physical office space and assets.

"It is hugely important that we focus on London which has a massive part to play in the national economy as do small businesses which provide around 50% of employment in the capital."

Mopac is providing £325,000 funding over two years to establish the LDSC, enabling it to be self-sufficient and paid for through revenues generated from the sale of its services and from donations.

Online security is a growing concern for SMEs with 250 or fewer employees as they face many of the same threats as larger organisations yet lack the resources to address them.

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