Cyber crime doesn’t just affect big business and corporate giants. No matter how small or medium-sized your company, cyber crime is a real and present threat. Once a business comes under attack it can be a painful, slow and costly experience to bounce back. In fact it’s estimated that last year alone the cost of cyber crime in Devon and Cornwall was nearly £2million.
Crimestoppers is organising a major one-day conference designed to help local businesses shore up their online security. A range of expert speakers will pinpoint typical cyber pitfalls to avoid. 80% of cyber crime is preventable and just a few key security steps can help avoid damaging your business reputation and finances.
Date: Thursday 27 April 2017
Location: Eden Project, Cornwall
Attendance: £40 (includes lunch and refreshments and entry into the Eden Project from 4-6pm)
Speakers for the conference on include:
- Alison Hernandez, Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC)
- City of London Police
- South West Regional Organised Crime Unit
- Tony Neate – CEO, Get Safe Online
- South West Cyber Security Cluster
- Devon and Cornwall Police
According to research by technology company Symantec, three-quarters of all websites have unpatched vulnerabilities that can be exploited; half a billion personal records were lost or stolen in 2015; more than half of email received by businesses are fraudulent or contain spam; and ransomware use has increased by 35%.
Anyone involved in the world of technology is at risk – and this includes anyone who uses the internet or a smart phone. It is important to understand that cyber crime is just another crime carried out by people against people. It is not a crime involving those who engage in complex cyber operations – we are all at risk. The conference will also discuss how your staff fit into this and how they can often be the ones, even unwittingly, who provide the weak link in the chain.
The main threats are:
- Loss of information
- Falsification of data
- Damage to IT and control systems
Crimestoppers in Devon and Cornwall has been liaising with law enforcement agencies at all levels to devise how best to educate and inform businesses in the area about the dangers. We have Home Office support for the event.
Research across the region illustrates just how little people know about cyber security and businesses – and therefore the livelihoods of their staff - across the region are at risk. This is becoming increasingly important. Banks are now getting close to refusing to withstand the losses suffered by companies from cyber crime with the premise that business are not doing enough to protect themselves. Insurance companies are also favouring those with adequate protection when it comes to offering preferential premiums.
This event is being supported by the Home Office.
Make sure you are on top of your company’s cyber protection by booking now to attend this all-important conference.