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The BCN Cyber Security Pledge

Helping to protect your business from cyber-attacks.

THE CYBER SECURITY LANDSCAPE

In today’s interconnected world, cyber security is a concern we all share. And as the global threat increases, BCN is committed to doing our part to make the digital world a safer place for everyone.

Cyber-attack statistics

Recent statistics around cyber-attacks are staggering. Last year saw a surge in ransomware attacks, an increase in breaches through third-party suppliers, and an ever-present threat of phishing attacks. These are just some of the recent statistics:

  • In the UK, 72% of large businesses identified a cyber-attack.

  • 54% of SMEs in the UK had experienced some form of cyber attack in 2022, up 39% from 2020.

  • The most common cyber threat facing UK businesses in 2022 is phishing (83% of identified attacks).

  • In 2023, SMEs with under 200 employees are becoming increasingly targeted by ransomware gangs.

  • Endpoint malware increased 50% against 2021.

The Importance of BCN’s Cyber Security Pledge

An attack against your business is not just an attack on you: it’s an attack on your users, your stakeholders and your customers. While a data breach may leave your business open to regulatory fines, financial loss and a damaged reputation with customers and suppliers, the impact on the data subject can be catastrophic. That’s why we’ve created our Cyber Security Pledge.

Our commitment to your security

We pledge to help you protect your business from cyber threats and risks by;

  • Offering you the best-in-class cyber security solutions that are tailored to your specific needs and goals.
  • Providing you with the latest tools, technologies, and best practices to ensure your data security, privacy, and compliance.
  • Supporting you with our expert team of cyber security professionals who are always ready to assist you with any issues or challenges.
  • Empowering you with the knowledge and skills to enhance your cyber security awareness and resilience.

Our aim

We aim to have 100% of our customers at a recommended level of Cyber Security posture by the end of 2024

Why does Cyber Essentials matter?

All businesses, no matter their size, are vulnerable to being targeted. But evidence shows that putting simple security controls in place can prevent as much as 80% of attacks.

As a UK Government-backed certification scheme, Cyber Essentials gives businesses a framework for ensuring they are implementing cyber security best practices across key attack vectors. Accreditation not only ensures businesses are protecting themselves in line with National Cyber Security Centre standards, but provides assurance for customers, users and partners that they are taking security seriously.

What does it cover?

Cyber Essentials gives businesses a framework for strengthening their defences across five areas:

  • Firewalls

    Ensuring your internet connection is secure.

  • Configuration

    Ensuring devices, software and servers are configured correctly and securely.

  • Data access

    Ensuring controls are in place to give access to only the right people.

  • Viruses and malware

    Ensuring malware and anti-virus software is being used and kept up to date across the business

  • Security updates

    Ensuring software and applications are regularly updated with the latest security patches.

The Cost of Doing Nothing

Last year, the average cost of a successful cyber-attack was £19,400 for medium and large businesses. But we all know the real cost often goes far beyond the financial implications of recovering vital systems and data. Reputational damage, legal and compliance ramifications, loss of business, and erosion of trust from customers, key partners, suppliers, and employees can all signal the end of a business.

Cyber Essentials certification can help mitigate all these risks and more, helping businesses identify vulnerabilities, strengthen their defences and enhance business resilience.

  • Ready to begin your Cyber Essentials Certification?

  • To strengthen our cyber security pledge and help identify any vulnerabilities, BCN offers a Cyber Essentials readiness assessment, designed to give your business the best possible chance of first-time certification.

    Our cyber security experts will perform a thorough assessment of your entire IT infrastructure, identifying any vulnerabilities and weaknesses, suggesting fixes, and making expert recommendations for improvements to strengthen your cyber defences.

    To start proactively protecting your business and everyone who works with you, get in touch with BCN today to book your Cyber Essentials readiness assessment.