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 East Lindsey are being invited to two free masterclasses to help them understand how to protect their IT systems from harmful cyber and internet security threats. The sessions will be jargon free with practical tips and advice.
Lincolnshire County Council’s onlincolnshire project will host the half-day sessions on Wednesday 15th October from 9.30am till 12.30pm at The Brackenborough Arms Hotel, at Cordeaux Corner in Louth and from 2pm till 5pm at the Mablethorpe Technology Hub in the Mablethorpe Business Centre.
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.
Cllr 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 masterclasses are part of a series of events being run at the Lincolnshire Technology Hubs in Boston, Horncastle, Louth, Mablethorpe and Lincoln.
Set up to help local businesses keep up to date with the latest digital equipment, the hubs are home to a variety of 3D equipment including scanners, printers and cameras which are available to use with just a small charge to cover insurance costs and materials used.
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.
Places are free but booking is essential. Please call Freephone 0300 80 80 120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow @onlincolnshire on Twitter and www.facebook.com/onlincolnshire or visit the website www.onlincolnshire.org
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