UK Gov sets out minimum security guidelines

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The UK Government have set out minimum guidelines for its departments.

In light of rising cyber-attacks and GDPR, the UK Government have laid out a set of minimum guidelines for its departments to follow.

The Government should be leading by example and have laid out a wide range of requirements, providing a very good minimum for any organisation to follow.

The consequences of a breach can’t just be measured in monetary or data loss, organisations also have to consider the loss of customer trust. Which could be even more damaging in the long run.

Jake Moore, ESET IT Security Specialist, explains the damage that can be done to customer trust following a breach and the need for minimum guidelines.

“It’s important to consider the loss of trust from your customers should a business or organisation ever get hacked.

“Personal information such as phone numbers, addresses and credit card details can be stolen in seconds but it can take years to rebuild that customer confidence.

“Having government guidelines is an excellent start.

“But it must be seen as a minimum. Cyber security protection is an ethos and constantly needs to be updated and reviewed.

“Organisations need to protect themselves from an ever changing landscape of attacks, so this will inevitably help, but the periodic training is key to work alongside these guidelines.” 

If you’re interested in reading the full guidelines, click here.

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