Cyber-crime is a criminal activity carried out by means of a computer and the internet. There are different types of cyber-crime. Businesses and business owners worry about a variety of forms. From having their company’s Twitter account hacked, to having their intellectual property copied, or their customer’s payment details stolen, there is a lot to think about in terms of protecting businesses’ information security.
96% of UK businesses don’t believe they have enough security to protect themselves from cyber crime. They feel unsure of what the risks are, what skills they need, and how much of their budget they should invest in securing their technology. The pace of change in information technology is ever-increasing, leaving many struggling to keep up. Over half of UK businesses find it difficult to assess how new technologies are impacting their information security and whether they should change their business processes. Are their servers or email accounts likely to be hacked by password cracking software that repeatedly tries different passwords? Should they use two-step verification where they send codes to a phone to set up customer’s online accounts? Should they take payments via smart devices (e.g. mobile phones or tablets), and if so, how and in what form?
These pages look at the benefits and risks of trading online as well as the benefits and risks associated with taking online payments. Banking On Business Online looks at how online businesses are different from face-to-face businesses. Payment Methods and Payment Methods Top Trumps Payment Methods Comparison – Top Trumps looks at the variety of payment mechanisms available to customers and businesses in the online world.The Protecting Your Business Online activity asks you to consider the ways you might increase the security of an online business. They activities are designed for students aged 14-16.