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CRCGM announces free cyber security resources for small businesses


Cyber Resilience Centre for Greater Manchester BRIM small businesses

We’re very pleased to see our client, the Cyber Resilience Centre for Greater Manchester, has launched a dedicated area of cyber resources, guidance and useful links to help businesses who are on their journey to become cyber resilient.


The CRCGM is there to help local businesses further their education and strengthen their resilience against cyber attacks. The Centre can tailor their membership or cyber services to suit the way a company works, and also fit within any budget restrictions.


A problem we regularly encounter is that many SMEs wrongly assume that they do not need cybersecurity help because they outsource their IT support. When in reality, the Cyber Resilience Centre can work together with any managed IT providers to ensure their staff receive security awareness training, company data is backed up regularly and any vulnerabilities are found and secured.


CRCGM is hosting a ‘Don’t be a fool with your Cyber Security’ webinar in April, covering issues like phishing scams and fraudsters who target tax return information, specific guidance for small businesses on next steps if they become the target of a scam, and information about why Security Awareness Training is so important for the staff of SMEs.


A survey by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in 2020 found around 52% of micro and small businesses had fallen victim to a cybersecurity breach or cyber attack in the previous 12 months. The average cost to each business was nearly £1,000 – rising to as much as £3,000 for some.


This new SME guidance area is just one of the ways CRCGM provides vital information and up-to-date tips to businesses in Greater Manchester and the North West. Other benefits include this Covid-19 resource, which breaks down the latest scams, fraud and cyber trends, and this charities guidance, which outlines the online phishing attacks and scams that can put charities at risk.


For further information regarding the support which the Cyber Resilience Centre for Greater Manchester can offer SMEs, charities and non-profits, sign up for Core Membership, or contact them directly.


To locate your nearest CRC and avail of its services, visit our network page.