Moving businesses towards cyber resilience

Karen Renaud (Other), Jacques Ophoff (Other)

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SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) are a particularly vulnerable part of the private sector. They face increasing cyber threats but may not possess the resources to adequately protect themselves. Based on an erroneous evaluation of risk and perceived implementation complexity many SMEs may decide not to prioritise a cyber security strategy. This leads to increased vulnerability of customer data, supply chains, and the private sector in general.

The Scottish Government recognises the importance of raising cyber security awareness amongst SMEs to raise fundamental levels of cyber resilience across Scotland. Recognising the good progress already made by schemes, such as Cyber Essentials, we propose a synergistic focus on guiding SMEs currently in a pre-implementation state, thus advising and raising awareness of the need to participate in such schemes.

Funded by the Scottish Government, the research aim is to investigate what is deterring SMEs from pursuing Cyber Essentials accreditation and designing an intervention (in video format) to engage SMEs regarding cyber risks. The output – a set of three videos – were produced in collaboration with Sci Ani and are titled:
•Don’t think your small business is at risk of cyber-attack?
•How easy is it to protect your small business from cyber-attack?
•Can your employees help protect your small business?

The research output is broadly applicable and aims to combine aspects of cyber security, management, as well as psychology to educate and motivate the key decision makers within SMEs.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSci Ani
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2021


  • Small business
  • SMEs
  • Cybersecurity education
  • Cyber attack


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  • SMEs and cyber security

    Renaud, K. & Ophoff, J., 27 Jul 2021, Cyber Insights Magazine.

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