Last year, 43% of cyber-attacks targeted small businesses[1]. When you compare this to 2014 when it was 34% and 2011 when it was at 18%, you can see that small businesses should now take cyber security more seriously than ever before. But the threat of hackers doesn’t have to remain a mystery.  One of the biggest defence mechanisms available to you is knowledge – the more you understand about the inner workings of cybercrime, the better equipped you’ll be able to protect yourself.

That’s why we’ve created this comprehensive cyber security guide covering everything you need to know about cybercrime, curated from the best and most reliable online resources. Whether you want to know more about password phishing, or want to read up on how to remove malware from your business computers, we’ve got it covered.

We also understand that trying to get your head around the relevant terminology can be a minefield in itself, which is why we’ve done the research to find and answer the most common questions around cybercrime. Some of these include:

  • What is phishing?
  • What is data protection?
  • How do I remove malware?

Why is it so important to protect yourself?

If you don’t strive to protect your business against cybercrime, you can become an easy target for quick cash wins from hackers. Have you stopped to think about what you would do if a hacker broke into your business network and threatened to release all of your sensitive data, unless you paid up tens of thousands of pounds? Even with cyber insurance, the implications for you and your company would be catastrophic.

And it doesn’t end there. Small businesses have been targeted to create a gateway into larger cyber supply chains. This means hackers then have access to several businesses that are all interconnected via the internet and the cloud[2]. People often mistakenly think that, because their business is small, hackers won’t be interested in them. But what if your business is cyber-connected to another business, that’s cyber-connected to another business that has connections with a company like Sony or Google? You could be providing a vital in-road for hackers. Despite spending millions of pounds on cyber security, these corporations have both been compromised by cyber-attacks[3]. Suddenly you can see why a small business might be quite appealing for a hacker with a plan.

How to use our guide

Get learning to get protecting – browse the topics in this hub to learn about the top cyber security questions today. Simply ask yourself whether you know the answers to the questions below – if you don’t, you’ve got a world of resources to explore right at your fingertips.


If you’re questions on cyber security aren’t answered in this guide, you may find the information you’re looking for in our Cyber Liability FAQ hub. Here, Hiscox provide details on how this insurance cover works to protect your business in the event of an attack or breach. You’ll also find practical advice and access to the latest Cyber Readiness Reports, examining the state of cyber security in the UK and the impact of cyber crime.