The Forum of Private Business has outlined their top tips for businesses in response to the weekend's cyber attacks.

Experts are warning that there could be further ransomware cases this week after the worldwide global cyber attack that has affected hundreds of thousands of individuals and over 150 countries.

Ian Cass, Managing Director of the Forum of Private Business, said: "This attack is a sharp reminder that no matter the size or type of business you run, you should take some simple precautions.

"The Forum have been promoting cyber security for three years now and there are some simple steps you can take."

To protect your business The Forum's top tips are:
1) Back up all your systems
2) Ensure all devices are regularly updated with updates and patches applied.
3) Get some simple security software on your devices, a lot of it is free.
4) Regularly change your passwords.
5) Run updates using firewalls and anti-virus software
6) Be wary when reading emails

Additional guidance for companies and for home users and small businesses is also available.

Mr Cass added: "The Forum have been working with Cyber Ami and their cyber protection process is free for members for 1 month."

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About Forum of Private Business

The Forum of Private Business is a not-for-profit comprehensive business support organisation founded in 1977. Our membership is spread throughout the UK and primarily made up of companies that employ between 1-50 employees, helping them to manage employees, saving time, giving advice, support and protection where a business needs it.

We are a recognised leading authority on business issues and represent the interests of business owners on many consultative bodies. We have built a solid reputation, being influential in many areas of policy-making, in changing laws that affect small businesses, and we continue to campaign for the fair treatment of businesses within the UK.

Everything we do is about making sure our members’ businesses operate profitably. This means that every penny we make goes back in to supporting our members, providing the support and resources that will enable businesses to flourish and grow.