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If you run a business, follow Ready Scotland’s Business Checklist and plan for serious disruptions to minimise any impact.

Preparing in this way can help you and your staff to deal with more day-to-day difficulties and might even help to improve your processes by highlighting the things that matter most.

Ready Scotland’s Business Checklist

  • Do your staff know what to do in an emergency?
  • How long would it take to recover your computer and IT systems if there was a hardware failure or if they became infected? Would you lose important data?
  • Are all aspects of your business insured?
  • Are key skills and information held by only one or two members of staff? What if something happened to them?
  • Could you operate from a different location if you could not access your premises?

Scottish Business in the Community has created a written 10 Minute Plan to help small to medium-sized businesses prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies, such as flooding, cybercrime and civil unrest. We also host an accessible version of the 10 minute plan.

Cyber Security

At Ready Scotland we recognise the growing threat of cybercrime to businesses. It’s important to note that 80% of cybercrime can be prevented by simply getting the basics right. Follow our advice for greater peace of mind online at home and at work. 

The National Centre for Cyber Security have lots of help for sole traders and small businesses, and Get Safe  Online and CyberScotland.Com have the latest online security information.

Action Counters Terrorism

ACT Awareness eLearning  from Protect UK is a counter-terrorism awareness product designed for all UK-based businesses, that’s now available to the public. It provides nationally recognised corporate counter-terrorism guidance to help people better understand, and mitigate against, current terrorist methodology.

National Protective Security Authority (NPSA)

The NPSA protects national security by providing advice to the facilities, systems, sites and networks necessary for the functioning of the country – also known as the Critical National Infrastructure. The advice covers:

Stay Informed

Ready Scotland regularly publishes alerts on both Twitter and Facebook. Follow and like our pages to keep up to date wherever you are.