Scottish Enterprise Cyber Security Voucher Scheme for Small Businesses

Cyber Essentials Voucher Scheme worth up to £1000

If you’re an SME, there’s a one in two chance you’ll experience a cyber breach. And it doesn’t only apply to companies working in the digital sector. Companies from across different industries and sectors are targeted by cyber criminals on a daily basis for their intellectual property or customer data.

Of the companies attacked last year, 41% said online services weren’t seen as their core business. The reality is that small companies are often seen as soft targets compared to larger organisations who can employ teams of people and expensive systems.

The average cost of an attack is estimated to be between £1300 to £3000, but the damage can be more than financial. Nearly 90% of small businesses that were hacked last year said it caused damage to their brand, stopped them winning new business, or lost them clients. 93% said it significantly impacted on their ability to operate.

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Estimated average cost of a cyber attack is £1300-£3000, but the damage can be far-reaching and more than financial

41%

of companies attacked last year said online services were not seen as their core business

90%

of small business that were hacked last year said it caused damage to their brand, stopped them winning new business, or lost them clients

To help more businesses become cyber secure, Scottish Enterprise are running a Cyber Essentials Voucher Scheme which offers a voucher up to the value of £1000 to support Scottish SME’s to achieve the certification.

The voucher will give you an opportunity to choose a supplier who will work with you to gain certification and guide you through the process every step of the way.

If your business meets the following criteria you can apply for the Cyber Essentials voucher:

  • You must be a small or medium enterprise (SME) with fewer than 250 employees
  • You must have a registered base in Scotland
  • You must operate IT with a connection to the internet
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