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Industry leaders to address businesses on online safety, cyber attacks and prevention at free event

Top business experts will be coming to Kendal to raise awareness about what businesses can do to protect themselves from cyber-attacks.

The free event aims to educate businesses in Cumbria about practical steps to protect themselves from the increasing sophistication of cyber criminals.

Jointly hosted by Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Cumbria Constabulary, the county’s Chamber of Commerce and Get Safe Online, the event will take place on 29th March 9.45-12 at The Castle Green Hotel in Kendal.

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall said: “We are bringing leading experts to support local organisations, as we know how much they and their customers rely on the internet. This can be from doing business banking, to running their entire commercial operation online.

“This free event is open to all, and I would particularly urge the business community to consider if they are protected sufficiently. It is too late when a crime has been committed, but by taking a few simple steps highlighted by our team of industry leaders you can help to safeguard your own business for the future.”

Detective Inspector, Crime Command Ian Harwood comments: “Cybercrime is a growing global trend which affects us all right here in Cumbria. Our constabulary is making significant investment in resources and equipment to face this challenge.

“Our strategy will focus on:

  • Prepare – prepare ourselves to effectively deal with cybercrime or a significant cyber-attack
  • Prevent – prevent people from entering the world of cyber criminality by providing early intervention and diversion
  • Protect – protect our communities by providing good, up to date and simple advice to reduce the risk of becoming a victim
  • Pursue – those who commit cybercrime and bring them to justice.

“Don’t become a cybercrime victim. Following simple security advice can make all the difference. Please come along and meet members of our cybercrime team.”

Rob Johnston, Chief Executive of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce: “Online fraud is a major issue for businesses. A recent survey by the British Chambers of Commerce found that one-in-five businesses were affected by cybercrime in the previous year. That’s why we’re keen to promote this event, to ensure that Cumbrian businesses have the tools and techniques they need to protect themselves and protect their customers.”

Liz Stanton MBE, Senior Trainer and Family Protection Manager at Get Safe Online: “It doesn’t matter if you are a business of one person or 50 people, online security is relevant to you. Making just a handful of small and practical steps can ensure you are protecting yourself; your business and your employees so don’t feel overwhelmed and ignore it. The advice we’re going to be giving at the Protect Your Business From Cyber Crime event will be understandable and straight forward to implement so please do come along if you are a local business owner.”

For further information use the following link buff.ly/2NYVmB8 or contact Derek Armstrong at [email protected] or call 07841 743066

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