Businesses invited to Practical Cyber Protection event

Businesses in Worcestershire are invited to a free, interactive event to help them identify and protect against the latest cyber security threats.

The morning event, held at Chateau Impney in Droitwich on 29 March, will offer practical tips and advice from technology and security experts, on preventing and dealing with cyber-crime. The morning starts with coffee and networking at 08.30 and will be opened by Wendy Garrad, project manager of the ERDF funded Be Cyber Secure programme.

Delegates will then hear from guest speakers, including forensic accountant, Allan Maund who will set the scene, highlighting key elements from a recent cyber-attack that resulted in a substantial fraud.

A presentation by Steve Borwell will feature a simulated demonstration of social engineering and showcase how easy it is to fall victim to a well-crafted phishing cyber-attack.  The simplicity and effectiveness of “people hacking” will be highlighted, with Steve demonstrating how convincing fake websites can appear and what to look out for in order to stay safe online and mitigate these attacks.

Following a cyber-attack, a quick recovery is key and IT security expert Paul Colwell will explain the full impact an attack can have on a business as well as highlighting essential steps in the recovery process to minimise the effects.

Tying in with recent GDPR legislation, privacy and technology expert, Peter Loomes, will advise on improving security to comply with the new regulations.   The final speaker will be Police Cyber Security Advisor James Squires, who will deliver an informative insight into issues such as cyber scams, password management and public Wi-Fi security.

The morning concludes with a Question and Answer session when the panel of experts, together with cyber insurance and cyber accreditation specialists, will take questions from the floor and answer those posted in the anonymous question boxes during the morning.

Over a networking lunch delegates may visit stands for one-to-one advice and information.

Be Cyber Secure Project Manager Wendy Garrad said about the event: “This really is an event not to miss. We are going to cover a vast range of topics during the morning and give delegates helpful, jargon-free advice and practical steps they can take to avoid data loss, reputation damage and financial expense. Our team of experts have got some great insights and examples to share, and hopefully our attendees will go away having learned how to protect their businesses from the latest cyber threats.”

Businesses who want to reserve their place at this event are being encouraged to sign up at their earliest convenience, as spaces are limited.   To book a place or find out more information, businesses should visit the website here.

The Be Cyber Secure programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and supported by Worcestershire County Council and local District Councils.  More information on the Be Cyber Secure Programme can be found on the Worcestershire Business Central website here.