Businesses in Lincolnshire are being urged to do more to protect themselves from the growing threat of cyber crime following the recent attack on TalkTalk.
On Thursday (22nd October) the mobile phone and broadband provider announced it had been subjected to a ‘significant and sustained cyber attack’ in which peoples’ names, addresses and partial bank account details were stolen.
To encourage Lincolnshire businesses to do more to protect themselves Onlincolnshire is organising a Business Security Conference in Grantham on Friday 27th November in partnership with SJG Green Digital and the Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub.
As well as raising awareness of this serious problem, the event will equip delegates with the skills needed to guard against this faceless crime.
Following the attack on TalkTalk, UK business leaders are calling for urgent action to tackle cyber-crime which is considered to be one of the most serious threats to UK businesses.
The latest figures from the Government reveal that 74 per cent of small businesses, and 90 per cent of major businesses, have had a cyber breach of security in the last year.
Stuart Green from SJG Digital explained: “We need to get everyone in the mind set that this is a crime, it needs to be reported and it comes in several shapes and sizes. Often the computer isn’t the source of the compromise – commonly it is the user that’s at fault.
“This conference will equip people with the cyber security skills needed to protect their business now and in the future and we’ll have some examples of just how easily IT systems can be hacked. I can guarantee people will be shocked at how vulnerable they are to attacks.”
As well as hearing from expert speakers, delegates at the conference, which is being held at Wyndham Garden Grantham Hotel from 9am until 5pm, will be able to talk to suppliers who will be exhibiting during the day.
Executive Member for Economic Development at Lincolnshire County Council, Cllr Colin Davie, said: “The Government wants to make the UK the safest place in the world to do business online, which is why we are organising this free event.
“Cyber criminals are exploiting basics weaknesses in company IT systems and businesses must do more to protect themselves. This conference will teach people simple ways of guarding against common internet-based threats like viruses, malware and hacking so we hope it will be well attended.”
The onlincolnshire Business Security Conference is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Although it is free to attend, places are limited so booking is essential. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. For more information or to reserve your place visit eventbrite.co.uk or call 01673 898 001.
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