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Cyber Protect Blog: How to keep your business secure online

Posted on 5th April 2018

This blog is here to help you understand what the latest trends are for April and what the biggest dangers that SMEs face in the digital world. Each month I will cover a particular type of cybercrime, inform you about new trends in the world of online criminality and interesting articles that can expand SMEs knowledge around the area of cybercrime.



Two Factor Authentication

Your computers, tablets and smartphones contain a huge amount of business-critical data, such as the personal information of your customers, and also details of the online accounts that you access. It is essential that this data does not fall into the wrong hands.

What is Two Factor Authentication?

Two factor authentication is a way of confirming your identity by utilising a combination of two different components; a password and a code.

It requires two different methods to 'prove' your identity before you can use a service, such as your email account. This generally works by using a password plus one other method; such as a code that's sent to your smartphone and changes every time you log in.

Why should you use Two Factor Authentication?

The online accounts you use are a wealth of information that, were they to fall into a criminals hands, could be used to do serious harm to you and your business. Criminals could use your email to reset passwords and obtain personal or financial information, leaving you vulnerable to identify theft and fraud.

It you have two factor authentication; this will help prevent unauthorised access to your accounts.


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Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership - CiSP

CiSP is a joint industry and government initiative set up to exchange cyber threat information in real time, in a secure, confidential and dynamic environment, increasing situational awareness and reducing the impact on UK business.

The benefits of joining CiSP is that it engagement with industry and government counterparts in a secure environment, there is an early warning of cyber threats and you have the ability to learn from experiences, mistakes, successes of other users and seek advice.

To sign up please provide the details below and send them to Natasha.Sagar.17178@derbyshire.PNN.Police.uk


Job Title (Technical Defender; Security Manager; C Level Board; Other)                              

Job Role          

Email Address                                     

Work Number                                                

Mobile Number                                              

Organisation Name                                        

Organisation Sector                                        

Organisation Size (1 to 249 ; 250 +)               

Full Postal address      


Learning The Lingo

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You may have seen these terms in the media but do you know what they mean?

Here’s a breakdown:

Virtual Private Network - VPN             Malware

 VPN graphic    Malware   


Still Want More? Then read...

We have talked about some of the current threats faced by business, however, what are the future issues that businesses might be facing? This Forbes piece features security experts' views on what businesses like yours could be facing in the coming months and years.

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.