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, October 22 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 cybercrimes from phishing emails to impersonating their organisation online, viruses and ransomware.
The two forces offer free cyber security advice to all businesses, looking at how they can keep their information, products and services safe from crime. At the conference, they will be offering advice on everything from preventing online fraud to security measures for your property.
A spokesperson for Staffordshire Police said: “We all have to become smarter if we’re going to reduce the impact of cybercrime and we would urge all businesses to take advantage of the support available to enable them to stay ahead of fraudsters.
“The Business Growth Conference will help businesses to get the 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 online and offline.”
In 2017, online fraud and cybercrime were 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 one in three 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% had been targeted by phishing emails – fake emails designed to gain personal information. Some 28% had experienced people impersonating their organisation online and 27% were affected by viruses and malware including ransomware.
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.
Rachel Hayward, the award-winning bid writer of Ask The Chameleon who attended the event last year, said: “I am looking forward to another information-packed event this year. I find the 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 of speakers.”
This year they are being supported by Owen Conti, of IT support specialist company Code 56; Karen Woolley of the Federation of Small Businesses (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 National Chairman Mike Cherry, who regularly meets with the Prime Minister and senior ministers to campaign for small business support on behalf of FSB. The morning will feature eight speakers and end with a networking lunch.