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New & free cybersecurity training program for SMEs

New & free cybersecurity training program for SMEs

Are you an SME interested in free cybersecurity training?

Here’s the perfect way to access cybersecurity training, from experts, for free!

In an attempt to help small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with essential cybersecurity knowledge, Google, and the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have created a free training program called ‘Improve your online business security.’

The one-hour training course, which can be completed either online or in person at Google’s Digital Garage events across the country, offers valuable insights into cybersecurity best practices.

You can access the training, by following the link below:

Cyber training program

The program consists of four comprehensive lessons that cover various aspects of online security and are taught through video training, practical advice, and topic-ending tests to strengthen learning.

The lessons include:

  • Creating a secure online customer experience
  • Securing employee devices
  • Protecting networks, systems, and software
  • Training employees in online security


This accessible course aims to address the vulnerability of SMEs to cyber threats, as they often lack the necessary tools or expertise to create strong cybersecurity measures within their business.

The course has been developed by the NCSC in collaboration with Google’s own in-house ‘white hat hackers’, who are ethical security hackers with expertise in defending the company against cyberattacks. They know the best approaches to keep your business safe!

Reasons to improve your cybersecurity:

They found that senior managers in UK SMEs perceive cybersecurity as less of a priority now, compared to previous years. The survey indicated a drop in the percentage of small firms prioritising cybersecurity from 80% in 2022 to 68% in 2023. This shift in perception has led to a decrease in attentiveness, monitoring and logging of breaches or attacks.

The main challenge that SMEs are faced with when considering their cybersecurity, is the lack of resources available. Limited time and financial constraints can often cause robust security measures to be neglected. Whilst cybercriminals can be a threat to all types of organisations, SMEs are often seen as attractive targets due the lack of resources dedicated to protecting themselves.

Sarah Lyons, NCSC deputy director for economy and society explained in a recent CSO UK article that successful attacks can be devastating for a business and cause huge levels of disruption to operations, sometimes shutting them down completely. She encourages small business owners to explore the new training programme, and the NCSC’s other resources, to boost defences and help keep cybercriminals at bay.

We’re here to help

At Barnes Commercial, we work closely with our clients to gain an in-depth understanding of their business, so we can assess the potential risks being faced. This means that our recommended insurance programme will be unique to your business. If you should fall prey to a cyber related incident, with the right cover in place, you can be confident that your business will be financially protected.

To talk to us about how we can help you arrange commercial insurance for your business get in touch today by calling on 01480 272727 or send us an email at Alternatively, you can visit our website at

Vikky Littlewood

Authored by: Vikky Littlewood

Marketing Manager

15th August 2023