General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) , Governance & Risk Management , IT Risk Management

Cybersecurity Essentials for SMEs

Insights on Practical Strategies for Smaller Organizations
Emma Philpott, CEO, IASME Consortium Ltd

Small and midsize enterprises must avoid assuming they won't be targeted for cyberattacks and ensure they're taking adequate security precautions, says Emma Philpott of the consultancy IASME Consortium Ltd., who offers insights on essential steps.

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She describes the use of the U.K.'s "Cyber Essentials" government-backed program designed to guard against the most common cybersecurity threats.

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group, Philpott discusses:

  • How to mitigate security risks on a restricted budget;
  • How SMEs can comply with regulations, including the EU's General Data Protection Regulation;
  • How to recruit security pros.

Philpott is CEO of the IASME Consortium Ltd, which focuses on information assurance for small companies and the supply chain. The consultancy worked with the U.K. government to develop the "Cyber Essentials" program and was awarded the contract to be the sole NCSC Cyber Essentials partner. Philpott is also founder and manager of the U.K. Cyber Security Forum, a not-for-profit organization leading an initiative to train the unemployed in cybersecurity and helping them to find employment.


About the Author

Anna Delaney

Anna Delaney

Director, ISMG Productions

An experienced broadcast journalist, Delaney conducts interviews with senior cybersecurity leaders around the world. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of the website for The European Information Security Summit, or TEISS. Earlier, she worked at Levant TV and Resonance FM and served as a researcher at the BBC and ITV in their documentary and factual TV departments.




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