Cyber attacks are on the rise and SMEs are increasingly being targeted by hackers. In response, the British government has launched a scheme to help tackle the threat.
Up to £5000 worth of funding is now available for start-ups and SMEs. The scheme will enable them to work with an external expert like PGI to help provide staff training and provide knowledge which will enable these small businesses to better protect themselves from any cyber threats.
‘We want to help protect UK businesses against cyber attacks and make the UK the safest place in the world to do business online. The new voucher scheme will offer increased protection for small businesses, and will help ensure we have the skilled workforce in place to manage the increased pressures of the digital age,’ said Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey prior to the schemes launch.
Applicants to the scheme will receive an innovation voucher to pay for the services of an external expert like PGI. The voucher will allow PGI to give the SME advice on cyber security and allow it to acquire accreditation through the Cyber Essentials programme.
The Cyber Essentials scheme allows SMEs to protect themselves against common cyber threats and can help to create a secure platform for future business developments. Having the accreditation will also be beneficial as a company will need it to bid for government contracts. Since 2014, all suppliers handling sensitive information need a Cyber Essentials accreditation.
To qualify for an Innovation Voucher you must: