If you are a small retailer looking for help on protecting your business – and your customers – from the threat of cyber crime, then you’ll be interested in a new cyber security toolkit developed by the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

The trade body for the UK retail industry has published the Cyber Security Toolkit, designed to give retailers practical guidance on putting adequate cyber security management plans in place and having robust strategies to put into action should a security breach take place.

Today, more than half of all retail fraud (53 percent) is conducted online and online retail sales are growing by 10 percent to 15 percent every year. With one in every four pounds now spent online, the retail industry is one that is being increasingly targeted by cyber criminals, who are using sophisticated means of attack, including crimes like ‘doxing’, ‘whaling’ and ‘spoofing’.

The Cyber Security Toolkit will help retailers keep customer data safe, set up and implement a cyber security plan, share information safely and create an incident response plan. The pack also gives guidance on preparing, responding, recovering and reviewing cyber attacks.

Dr Ian levy, technical director at the recently opened National Cyber Security Centre, said the UK retail sector is “vital” to the country’s economic wellbeing.

“The NCSC is delighted to be working with the BRC in finding innovative ways to make the UK a safe place for citizens, eCommerce, small businesses and large chains to do retail business online.

“We are committed to giving individuals and businesses of all sizes confidence to deliver success in our increasingly digitalised economy, and we’re pleased to support the development of this toolkit,” Dr Levy added.

Hugo Rosemont, policy adviser on crime and security at the BRC, added that the toolkit would help retailers “stay ahead” of the ever-evolving threats posed by cyber crime.

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