Revamped cyber toolkit launched to support retailers improve defences


Retailers will benefit from fresh advice and guidance published today which aims to help them reduce the threat of a successful cyber attack.

Working alongside the National Cyber Security Centre, which is a part of GCHQ, the British Retail Consortium has launched the Cyber Resilience Toolkit for Retail, an actionable guide specifically designed for non-cyber experts, such as Board members, those in senior strategic roles, and start-up businesses.

It highlights the threats faced by retailers, key questions to consider when developing cyber resilience strategies, and guidance on the types of protections retailers should implement.

The toolkit outlines recommended actions for retailers in:

  • Preventing breaches through stronger protections
  • Preparation to mitigate the impact of a successful breach
  • Recovering after a cyber attack
  • Developing and embedding a positive cyber resilience culture at Board level

Dr Ian Levy, Technical Director of the National Cyber Security Centre, 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.”