COVID-19: Stay Safe Online

This toolkit, Working From Home – Top Tips for Staying Safe Online, shares advice and guidance on how to reduce the impact of cybercrime during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Working from home

As an unprecedented number of employees work from home to reduce the transmission rate and impact of COVID-19, Business in the Community (BITC) is able to provide five top tips to stay safe online.

  • Use passwords to protect data
  • Look out for phishing attacks
  • Review your home computer set up
  • Understand the importance of keeping devices updated
  • Understand the importance of backup and storage

Opportunistic cybercriminals

Cybercriminals are opportunistic and exploitative, making the need to stay safe online an important consideration. Cybercriminals exploit the vulnerabilities in the cybersecurity of both individuals and organisations. The top tips included in this toolkit will help you and your organisation stay safe online and prevent cybercriminals from stealing valuable data such as customer details.

The cost of a cybersecurity breach

The Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018 showed the average cost of a cybersecurity breach to a small business is £894. For a medium-sized business it rises to £8,1801

The need to reduce the risk

BITC strongly believes that everyone needs to take action to reduce the likelihood of cyber breaches happening to small- and medium-sized businesses and employees working from home are essential to ensuring the risk of a cyber breach is mitigated.


Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (2018); Cyber Security Breaches Survey: Statistical Release