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Free cyber security advice to support businesses

Police are urging businesses to take advantage of free cyber security advice as they support the town’s Business Growth Conference.

Officers from Staffordshire and Derbyshire Police will be at the annual conference on Wednesday 22nd October at the 400 Hall, Repton School, to hand out free advice on how to keep your business safe.

It comes as a recent Government survey shows that 32% of businesses questioned had fallen victim to cyber crime from phishing emails, to impersonating their organisation online or viruses and ransomware.

The two forces offer free cyber security guidance to all businesses look at how they can keep their information, products and services safe from crime and will be offering advice on the day for everything from preventing online fraud, security measures for your property and cyber crime.

A spokesperson for Staffordshire Police said:

“We all have to become smarter if we’re going to reduce the impact of cyber crime and we would urge all businesses to take advantage of the free training and support available to enable businesses to stay ahead of fraudsters.

“The Business Growth Conference enables businesses to get valuable information they need to help their organisation grow. As a force we are looking forward to supporting them in their mission and providing businesses with access to free tools and support to keep their companies safe on and off line.”

The Business Growth Conference, which is run by Burton Small Business, is in its fourth year and designed to support local firms in gaining the skills, advice and guidance to grow their business.

The police will be among a variety of support stands on the day which will also include a networking lunch and host of inspirational speakers. Speakers include Channel 4 Gogglebox star Baasit Siddiqui talking about his experience and the role of education in growing a business as well as alternative marketing, sales mastery and support available to fund growth plans.

Rachel Hayward award-winning bid writer at Ask the Chameleon, who attended the event last year, said:

“I am looking forward to another information packed event this year. I find he information and networking opportunities invaluable in learning a variety of new skills relevant to my business. It looks like there is another great line up again.”

In 2017, online fraud and cyber crime was estimated to have cost £11 billion pounds with fraudsters increasingly targeting businesses both large and small.

The latest MORI Cyber Security Breaches Survey which came out last month shows 1 in 3 companies are targeted by online fraud with nearly half reporting a breach or attack at least once a month.

Of the businesses reporting breaches 80% were being targeted by phishing emails – fake emails designed to gain personal information, 28% saw others impersonating their organisation and 27% were affected by viruses and malware including ransomware.

Burton Small Business is run by former journalist and writer Elaine Pritchard of Caittom Publishing, award winning animator Tilley Bancroft of Red Door Studios and PR and copywriting specialist Cheryl Morris of Creative Word PR.

This year they are being supported by Owen Conti, of IT support specialist Code 56, Karen Woolley of the FSB and Mike Byrne of business support service Blue Orchid.

Tickets are now available at http://bit.ly/BusinessGrowth2019 for £20, plus online booking fee, for those taking advantage of the early bird offer. The event from 9am till 2pm is being opened by Federation of Small Businesses Chairman Mike Cherry, who regularly meets with the Prime Minister to campaign for small business support on behalf of FSB, and will include 8 speakers and a networking lunch.

 


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