Today we’re thrilled to announce the fruitful result of a months-long collaboration between our team at Heimdal Security and the London Digital Security Centre: the Cyber Security for Small Business owners course! The idea for this course started after acknowledging the real need that small business owners have for structured, simple and applicable cyber security knowledge. We decided to tackle the challenge head-on and, together with the LDSC, offer a free course that can really make a difference. You may ask: what made this collaboration happen? Three factors played a fundamental role:

  1. The challenges and struggles of small and medium enterprises in the UK, especially those located in the London metropolitan area;
  2. The merged, complemental experience of both the LDSC and the Heimdal Security teams;
  3. The keen desire to translate our common experience and expertise into actionable lessons that any SMB owner in the UK (and beyond) could take for free and substantially increase his / her business’s cyber safety.

If you’re a small business owner, you’ve probably already faced these challenges when trying to increase your cyber security:

  • The struggles of managing a business in all its aspects, which leaves little resources for cyber security safeguards;
  • The reality of storing and managing data that’s very attractive for cyber criminals, such as personal information, usernames, passwords, and more;
  • The fact that small and medium businesses are more interconnected than ever, with owners and employees using a vast array of devices and digital services to manage and grow the business;
  • A permissive environment in terms of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies, which can increase the number of security vulnerabilities;
  • The lack of time, budget and expertise to build a strong security system, a task which is often outsourced to unqualified service providers (because you may lack the knowledge of evaluation this type of services);
  • The fact that cyber security education, even in its most basic form, is not something people are generally concerned with;
  • Being regarded as a stepping stone by cyber criminals, who could use you to reach bigger targets.

And we know it’s not your fault. Cyber security is a challenging field and you’ve probably already seen that even big companies suffer from data breaches and cyber attacks, and they have a lot more resources than you. But the numbers show that your small business is more vulnerable to attack than you may realize, because of the issues above and many more.

According to PWC’s report into Information Security Breaches survey 2015, 74% of small businesses [in the UK] had a security breach, up from 60% a year ago [2014]. With the average cost being between £75K and £311K for a small business, whilst only 27% of small businesses have insurance that would cover them in the event of a breach.

Source. But don’t be disheartened. This course may be just what you need to change how you understand, apply and reap the benefits of adequate cyber safety.

What you can learn by taking our free Cyber Security for Small Business Owners course

There are two parts to the course:

  1. The first part is dedicated to helping you understand the basics of cyber security on a personal level. You’ll learn how to protect your own digital assets and reduce your personal online safety risks.
  2. In the second part, you’ll learn how to keep your business safe from cyber attacks, both from external and internal sources, while assuring your customers that their information is safe with you.

Here are some of the key aspects you’ll learn:

  • How to safely manage and store your clients’ data;
  • The main cyber threats that target their businesses;
  • How to become compliant with key cyber security regulations (including the new EU data protection law);
  • The Cyber Essentials scheme and how to become accredited;
  • Discover and eliminate the security holes in their systems;
  • Choose the best security products for their businesses;
  • Detect and block cyber criminal actions;
  • Train employees to follow cyber security best practices.


Here’s how the course works

Maybe you’ve never taken an online course, let alone one delivered via email. So here’s how it works:

  • You sign up using your email on the course’s website:
  • You’ll then receive a new lesson every 2 days with actionable advice and step-by-step guides (there are 24 lessons in total)
  • You’ll be able to study whenever you have a few minutes or hours to spare
  • If you want, you can get personalized evaluations of your cyber security level after each of the two parts of the course, so you can track your progress and see how you can improve further
  • You can contact the LDSC or Heimdal Security anytime to get more guidance and answers to your questions.

Having the experience of helping over 6000 beginners improve their cyber security education starting from scratch, we strongly believe that, together with our partners from LDSC, we can small business owners make great progress as well. Here’s what our partners from the London Digital Security Centre want to help you achieve with this course:

The LDSC is delighted to have worked with Heimdal Security in order to offer these free online learning classes to small businesses. Our aim is for these classes to allow your business to enjoy the benefits of the digital age in a secure way. Hosting these classes online allows you to learn when it is convenient for you, and contact us to explore further ways of securing your business.

And the course takes just 7 weeks from the moment you sign up! All I can say is that cyber security is a sum of basic things done right. And I know that any small business owner can do these basic things, which is why I encourage you to give the course a try right now. Cyber Security for Small Business Owners_1702x630_Facebook cover photo PS: Keep an eye on the LDSC events for a chance to meet with the team in person and get even more support to make your business safer in the long term.


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