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Welcome to 'Security and Risk Blog' for Small and Medium-sized Organisations - otherwise known as SaRB for SMO's or SaRB for Small Organisations.

As the name suggests, this is a Blog about security and risk for small organisations where we aim to provide information on Digital Safety Skills for SMO's and raise their skill levels. We want to demystify risks and security for people with little or no security backgrounds. 

Here are some of our Blog articles:

  • Monitoring Employees in SMOs

    Monitoring Employees in SMOs


    Small and Medium-sized Organisations sometimes have issues which result in a thinking that they should monitor what employees are doing. These issues may be well founded in many cases, but the fact remains that there is often a need to monitor what is happening on the network. In this Blog we look at the right approach to employee monitoring for SMOs

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  • Social Media and Cyber Security in SMOs

    Social Media and Cyber Security in SMOs


      Social media has grown over the last fifteen years from being something you used occasionally to being something that some people rely on to do just about everything on. Social media sites and apps have included services and functionality to enable users to interact with brands and personalities in ways that were never possible.

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  • Website Security for Small Organisations

    Website Security for Small Organisations


    People read or hear about breaches in the press on a regular basis, and website breaches are one of the largest categories of breaches that take place. These don't just affect large corporates, they affect Small Organisations as well, especially since they don't not have the expertise to secure their websites. Here we look at what Small Organisations can do to secure their websites.

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  • Safe & Secure Internet Browsing

    Safe & Secure Internet Browsing


    As web development has matured so to have the applications and interfaces of websites and the browsers used to view and access them. The fact that we can do so much more on the web now than ever before comes with greater opportunities for criminals. Here, we go though some of the things people can do to ensure that they are browsing more safely.

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  • Ensuring Secure Supply Chains for Small Organisations

    Ensuring Secure Supply Chains for Small Organisations


    For small organisations to keep large enterprise customers they must make sure that their supply chain is secure, consistent and not affected negatively easily. To do this successfully they have to invest in processes similar to those used by their enterprise customers. Here we explore some of those considerations for small organisations, so that you are not comparing apples to pears.

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  • Getting and Keeping Enterprise Customers with Security

    Getting and Keeping Enterprise Customers with Security


    Today's enterprise customers are more attuned with risk and security and because of that they want to work with suppliers which take security seriously. This is especially so as there have been many high-profile breaches which originated from a third-party supplier. So, the best way that Small Organisations can get and keep enterprise customers is to demonstrate that they understand risk and security.

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  • Getting Started with Security in a Small Organisation

    Getting Started with Security in a Small Organisation


    Get started with your Organisation's Security Programme! The hardest part of anything is often getting started, whether it is a personal fitness habit or getting started with our organisation's cyber security protection.

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  • Authentication for Small Organisations

    Authentication for Small Organisations


    Many Small Organisations will use a vast host of online and offline services where they are required to login to prove who they are. That process of validation is called authentication, and all services are restricted until a user has authenticated themselves to the system. Unfortunately, not all forms of authentication are completely secure. In this blog we explore the various methods open to Small Organisations and what they should use and what to avoid when it comes to authentication.

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  • Physical Security in Small Organisations

    Physical Security in Small Organisations


    In this episode we explore the importance of physical security to cyber security in Small Organisations, and how one can affect the other.

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  • Secure Data Deletion

    Secure Data Deletion


    When anything is deleted, most people expect that the deleted item is no longer accessible to them or anyone else. But this is far from the truth because of the way technology works. Deleting data does not mean that it is no long accessible.

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  • Remote Working for Small Organisations

    Remote Working for Small Organisations


    The Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 accelerated the need for all organisations to consider remote or home working in ways that nothing else before it had or could have had. Previously, this may only have been considered by Small Organisations as they grew. Even then this would have been in different conditions that the ones we find ourselves in now.

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  • Why Cyber Security Advice Sometimes Seems Inconsistent

    Why Cyber Security Advice Sometimes Seems Inconsistent


    For Small Organisations and individual users it is often difficult to know what they should be doing, and when they find out and start doing it, they may then find that it is not what they should be doing. We explore some of the reasons behind this, as well as our own frustrations with what happens in practice.

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  • Myths about Attackers of Small Organisations

    Myths about Attackers of Small Organisations


    Small Organisation owners and employees often base the whole of their security posture on the belief that as a Small Organisation hackers and attackers will not be interested in them as they don't have the revenues that large Organisations have. In this episode we explain why this, and other myths are wrong and should be ignored as basis for managing cyber security risks.

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  • Threats Targeting SMOs in 2021

    Threats Targeting SMOs in 2021


    Attackers are continuously adapting and disguising things to make them look acceptable, whether it is emails, text messages, fake news, social media scams. What threats does 2021 have in store for Small and Medium-sized Organisation? We explore the range that SMO's need to keep aware of.

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  • Introduction - Why a Security and Risk Blog for SMOs?

    Introduction - Why a Security and Risk Blog for SMOs?...


    This is the first and introductory episode which explains why we blog about "security and risk for small and medium-sized organisations".

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Security and Risk topics we cover

Managing Security Risks

Identifying threats and risks to organisations

  • Identifying assets specific to small and medium-sized organisations
  • Tools, services and controls small and medium-sized organisations can use: 
    • for protecting their assets
    • to detect whether their organisation is in the process of, or has already been breached
    • to respond to a likely breach or compromise
    • to recover from breaches or compromises
  • Email security issues for organisations
  • Ransomware risks to organisations
  • Network security for small organisations
  • Risks and strategic and tactical approaches to security from a 10 to 50 to 250 employee company and beyond.

Security and Risk Questions we cover

  • How to get started in managing security risks?
  • What are the quick wins for protection?
  • Which assets are attackers after?
  • Which assets details should we keep records of?
  • How can we get through our Cyber Essentials Certification without having to pay an external consultant?
  • What is the best way to share data with our customers and partners?
  • What should we be doing about data protection to comply in our country?
  • What are the best back-up tools for a small organisation?
  • How do we choose a managed security service provider?
  • How to choose authentication tools for your organisation?
  • At what point do we need to employ security staff?
  • How to use best security practices for a competitive edge?
  • How to decide which options provide better benefits?

Free security and risk resources we are providing

  • Complete Cyber Essentials Asset Register spreadsheet with: 
    • Computer details
    • Server details
    • Mobile devices 
    • Network devices
    • Printers and scanners
    • Other devices
    • Special bonus includes other Intellectual assets tab not for Cyber Essentials Certification
  • Template policies
  • Checklists
  • Action lists.

Conclusion

This Blog is aims to help small and medium-sized organisations to raise the bar and reduce attacks to their organisations by taking effective actions to protect them. We want to help make being secure an easier option to take than the insecurity resulting from not taking any action. We endeavour to make as much security and risk information as freely accessible as possible for all SMO's. If you have any pressing issues that you would like us to cover for other organisations which may be experiencing similar challenges to you, please get in touch with us through our contact us page, or if you are a Registered or Subscribing User please use the messaging tool provided.