A free event is on offer for local businesses to raise cyber awareness and provide them with easy to follow education to protect themselves from cyber criminals.
The event is being hosted by West Sussex County Council alongside Sussex Police and Get Safe Online, following an increasing concern in cyber crime in West Sussex and across the UK.
The Cyber Awareness Event will offer education and support for businesses on how they can proactively protect themselves from cyber-attacks as well as improve their security practices.
Debbie Kennard, County Council Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said: “I would encourage business owners to attend this very important event to help better protect our local companies.
“Cyber crime has become an increasing concern and sadly there are a number of businesses in West Sussex that have been targeted or fallen victim to online scams.
“So much of our local economy is run through the internet so we hope that the event will support businesses to keep themselves protected from cyber crime.
“Championing the economy is one of the core priorities and we are keen to keep businesses safe as a thriving local economy benefits us all.”
The event will take place on Wednesday 25 October from 8am to 11am at County Hall North in Horsham.
A number of cyber security experts will be speaking at the event including:
• Get Safe Online
• Lloyds Bank
• Kaspersky Lab
• City of London Police
• South East Regional Organised Crime Unit
It will also include guidance towards cyber essentials, ISO27001 and advice on how businesses can prepare themselves for the forthcoming GDPR legislation in 2018.
Tony Neate, from Get Safe Online, said: “Smaller businesses often assume that due to their size that they won’t be targeted by cyber criminals. Sadly, that’s not true.
“While larger businesses are certainly a bigger target for hackers, small businesses can be viewed by criminals as easy prey as well as a way into bigger organisations in their supply chain.
“Our event is specifically designed to address the needs of smaller businesses that may not have huge resources available to create cyber security processes. Businesses that attend will leave armed with tips and tools that enable them to make small but significant changes to protect their organisation from criminals.”
For more information and to register for the event, please visit www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for ‘Protecting Your Business From Cyber Crime’.