Nearly half of small businesses in the UK (45%) have suffered from infections from viruses or malicious software in the last year alone.
According to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, while the number of security breaches has decreased from last year, the scale and cost has nearly doubled.
To help combat this, business owners in Lincoln and Horncastle are being invited to free masterclasses to help them understand how to protect their IT systems from harmful cyber and internet security threats.
Onlincolnshire will host two half-day sessions on 1st October. The Lincoln workshop will run from 9.30am until 12 noon at the Lincoln Technology Hub at the University of Lincoln, School of Art and Design; and the Horncastle session will run from 2pm until 5pm at the Horncastle Technology Hub at Mortons Media Group.
The free masterclasses will explain how viruses, malware and hackers can impact on business activities, the benefits of cloud computing and how to plan for disasters.
Councillor Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economic Development at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “With the number of internet security breaches affecting businesses in the UK rising, it is critical that Onlincolnshire provide this type of business support to help companies avoid threats and the risk of spending a lot of time and money fixing attacks.
“The average cost to a small business of its worst security breach is now between £65K and £115K which is money many companies can’t afford to lose and could put some out of business altogether.
“Organisations need to improve their understanding of the security threats they face so they can do more to protect themselves, and this is one way of doing that.”
The event is open to all businesses in the area and is part of a wider project of support across Lincolnshire and Rutland being run by Onlincolnshire. It is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
As well as learning more about internet safety, delegates will also be able to benefit from up to 12 hours of fully funded support which includes one-to-one business advice and consultancy.
To find out more or to book your free place please call 0300 80 80 120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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