Lincolnshire cyber crime workshop warns ‘no business is safe’

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Delegates at a Lincolnshire security workshop were warned to avoid the ‘it’ll never happen to me’ attitude to cyber crime, revealing 25% of small businesses are affected by fraud a year.

Opened by Marc Jones, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire, LAGAT Training and the Federation of Small Business (FSB) provided a two hour workshop on the latest cyber security threats.

The event was held at the BG Conferencing centre in Lincoln on Tuesday, February 28.

Delegates heard from the East Midlands and Lincolnshire Police Cyber Crime Team and industry experts about how best to protect their business and limit exposure and damage from attacks.

Last year fraud losses to SMEs were estimated around £18.9 billion and it is not limited to one specific shape or size of business, whilst across the UK some 52% of businesses fell victim to cyber crime.

Computer viruses and phishing attacks were the most common corporate cyber threats faced by British businesses last year, in both cases impacting 23% of the businesses surveyed by Opinium.

Just under a fifth of businesses suffered some form or hack or data breach in 2016.

This means that the revenue, reputation, disruption and the longer -term health of a business could be at risk.

Mike Johnson Partnership Manager for the LAGAT Group and Vice Chair of the FSB Lincoln, North Hykeham & Sleaford Branch said: “With increasing cyber security activity taking place in Lincolnshire we took the view to offer our members some help and support and arranged to host an event for 30 members.

“It became very clear from the overwhelming response we got when the 30 place got grabbed up on the first day we had underestimated the importance of this crime.

“This meant we had to increase the size of the venue with BG Conferencing to accommodate for the 70 people who attended, and we had to turn down another 20 plus requests for ticket.

“I am sure everyone left the workshop with lots of knowledge and the very strong message Cyber Crime could happen to their business.”