Licensees are being warned that cyber crime is a real threat to pubs, bars and restaurants if they don't have the correct safety measures in place.

The warning comes from Best Bar None, a national accreditation and award scheme aiming to raise safety standards amongst licensed venues.

Rapid technological advancements in the licensed trade industry have changed how businesses operate, transforming many areas including payments, ordering, staffing and communication.

But if this technology is not properly protected it could be putting your actual business at risk.

Best Bar None Scotland's National Coordinator, Robert Hogg said: "Cyber-crime is now a real threat to all businesses across all sectors. This is particularly true for businesses who are not traditionally associated with digital, that rely on technology on a daily basis but may not have the necessary defences in place to fight off an attack.

"It's vital that all businesses across the licensed trade sector are checking data and detecting attacks, and making efforts to improve IT capabilities.

"There are various cyber-security policies that all licensed venues need to follow, including the obvious ones such as using different passwords for accounts, don't open any suspicious email attachments and don't send unsecure, sensitive data electronically."

Licensees are also being reminded to ensure they have secure Wi-Fi networks.

Robert added: "Open Wi-Fi networks are often targeted by hackers, who can then steal all the information passing back and forth. To ensure this does not happen always protect your network with a password, and create guest networks for customers and employees so they are not on the same network as your point of sale system."