The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in the UK has recently released a comprehensive guide titled “Using Online Services Safely” to enhance cybersecurity measures for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).


This guide is specifically tailored for SMBs that lack dedicated IT and support staff, providing them with practical advice on crucial cybersecurity measures [1]. It covers a wide range of topics, including selecting appropriate online services, backing up data [2], ensuring domain name security [1] [3], creating secure user/admin accounts [1] [2], defending against malware [1] [3], and utilizing the built-in security features of popular cloud services [1].

Recognizing the increased reliance on online services due to the pandemic [1], the guide aims to empower SMBs to safeguard their online operations and recover compromised accounts or services in the aftermath of a cyber-attack. The release of this guide aligns with reports of a rise in security breaches among UK businesses [3], with a significant percentage experiencing a breach or cyber-attack in the previous year [3].


By equipping SMBs with the knowledge and tools to adopt secure online practices, the NCSC aims to strengthen their cybersecurity posture and protect their critical functions from potential cyber threats [3]. This guide serves as a valuable resource for SMBs, helping them navigate the complex landscape of online services and ensuring the safety of their digital operations. It is a proactive step towards mitigating the risks associated with cyber-attacks and safeguarding the interests of small and medium-sized businesses in the UK.