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Retailers given the tools to combat cyber threat

Experts from GCHQ have worked with a leading trade body to arm retailers with the weapons they need to ensure they remain cyber secure.

The National Cyber Security Service (NCSC) has teamed up with the British Retail Consortium to create the Cyber Resilience Toolkit, designed to help reduced the threat of a successful attack.

Designed for non-cyber experts, the toolkit highlights the threats and key points to consider when developing resilience strategies and protection.

It outlines recommended actions in preventing breaches, mitigating the impact of a successful breach, recovering from an attack and developing a cyber resilience culture at board level.

Retail has become one of the most-targeted digital sectors, spending £186million in the past year to protect customers and prevent breaches.

NCSC technical director Dr Ian Levy said: ""We want to keep shoppers' data, identity and privacy safe, and to ensure that the retail sector is well equipped to face the cyber challenges associated with an ever-more digital world.

"The new BRC toolkit has been written in a way that is clear and concise so that it can be understood by retailers and those with a cyber specialism.

"I urge all key decision makers in the industry to familiarise themselves with the toolkit and act on it."

The coronavirus pandemic has seen a shift to online commerce which accounted for 32.8 per cent of all retail sales in May, compared with 18.8 per cent a year earlier.

British Retail Consortium chief executive Helen Dickinson said: "The growth in online selling means there is an increasing threat of new cyber breaches and sophisticated hacking techniques.

"As a result, retailers need to ensure their systems are watertight and up to date."

She continued: "This toolkit will ensure all retailers, no matter their size or level of cyber expertise, are well equipped to face the challenge of cyber security.

"Consumers must also play their part and more must be done to educate the public on basic cyber hygiene so they are able to browse and shop safely."

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