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Cybercrime protection for SMEs

Can you afford not to get protected?

Jim Gee, Partner, National Head of Forensic Services 
20/05/2020
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Don’t get caught out by the scourge of cybercrime

First we must understand the monumental problem SMEs are facing. Cybercrime and fraud represented 43% of all crime in the UK in 2019. Crime statistics show that there are two and a half times more frauds and cybercrimes than any other type of crime in the UK.

Cybercriminals are not just targeting big business or the vulnerable elderly either. SMEs are a lucrative target for them due to easily exploitable processes and controls, or the lack of, which tend to be in place.

Get protected – at a cost-effective price

Investing in cyber security does not need to break the bank and can pay dividends in the long-term. The latest Home Office research shows SMEs experienced substantial costs in dealing with the impact of cybercrime. Much of which could have been reduced through cost-effective protection.

In one case an SME incurred over £80,000 in costs dealing with the consequences of the incident. Another lost £40,000 and 70% of their customers as a result of a hacking attack. Unfortunately, cautionary stories like this are not one-offs and are on the rise.

five important thingsCrowe supports SMEs with
an all-round cost-effective solution

Partial protection against cybercrime is no protection.
That is why we deliver an all-round solution at a price
which you can’t afford not to take up.

There are five important stages:

Prevent
  • On site specialist consultancy.
  • A Cybercrime Vulnerability Assessment looking at web domains and your website.
  • A Physical Vulnerability Assessment checking hardware, peripherals, firewalls, operating systems, software patches, etc.
  • A search of the Dark Web looking for compromised emails and passwords for sale.
  • An Operational Review looking at people, processes, GDPR compliance and including back-up strategies and insurance cover.
Protect
  • We help you to purchase, implement and commission/re-configure hardware, peripherals, firewalls, operating systems, software patches, etc.
  • We help you to implement new and amended processes, risk registers, back-up strategies.
  • We advise on sourcing insurance cover, if you wish. 
  • We provide Dark Web protection training.
Defend
  • We can provide remote monitoring of your systems and provide alerts 24/7, 365 days a year.
  • We can provide penetration testing of your networks and systems.
React
  • We will help you to identify, isolate and manage the technical problem(s).
  • We can help you to source the best advice on GDPR compliance, including legal advice.
  • We can help you to source the best advice on managing reputational damage.
Recover
  • We can help you to rebuild systems, install new hardware, operating systems, patches, application software.
  • We can help you to restore databases which may have been corrupted.
  • We can identify what happened, make sure lessons are learnt and minimise the possibility of this happening again.

"The rate at which we are seeing ever-increasing challenges from across the law enforcement system is alarming, especially from cybercrime.”

 — Rt. Hon. Priti Patel MP, Home Secretary

"Cybercriminals have been very quick in devising modi operandi and tools to exploit the current crisis."

— Europol (The European law enforcement agency)

Contact us

Jim Gee
Jim Gee
Partner, National Head of Forensic Services
London