Police and industry professionals in the East Midlands are joining forces to provide advice to business owners on how to best protect against cybercrime.
The first East Midlands regional cybercrime conference will take place at Pride Park Stadium in Derby next month.
The Essential Digital Protection for Business Conference is designed to help small and medium-sized businesses protect themselves from cyberattacks — and advise on what do to in the event that they are targeted.
The free event will bring together experts in the field and is hosted by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU), which works on behalf of the region’s five police forces in tackling serious, organised and major crime, counter-terrorism and domestic extremism.
Derbyshire Constabulary’s Chief Constable, Peter Goodman, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for cybercrime, said: “Digital crime is now the biggest single crime category faced by police.
“The majority of organisations have had some sort of digital security breach and businesses and industry need to work closely with the police to try and prevent and detect cyberattacks.
“For criminals, cybercrime is perceived to have a lower risk of being caught than traditional crime, but the impact on individuals concerned can still be life changing.
“This conference is the perfect opportunity to learn how to protect your business and livelihood.”
Chief Constable Goodman will be delivering a key note speech outlining the main issues affecting businesses and will be followed by presentations on how to protect your business, the impact of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation and a panel discussion on the response to a cyberattack.
For those unable to attend the full day event, a breakfast session is being held covering the key points of the day from 8am until 9am. Those unable to make the trip to Derby then they can join the livestream of the event and feed their questions into the speakers.
EMSOU Detective Chief Inspector Ed McBryde-Wilding said: “If you own a home or business it goes without saying that you insure the building and what’s inside is protected. You invest in good locks and burglar alarms, you may even employ a security guard to patrol your grounds.
“Considering we conduct a large part of our living and working online these days (in fact, it’s hard to imagine a business, or individual for that matter, without some form of digital footprint) the same amount of investment is still not being made in our online security. And this is, for many, not through a lack of desire, but more a lack of understanding of what can be a complex and constantly evolving area.
“Many people still don’t know enough about the cyber world and as a consequence are inadvertently leaving digital doors open to criminals. And I’m not just talking about small, local business owners. These sorts of breaches are happening to large national corporations and even global leaders in the digital sector.
“We can all better understand our technical estate and better protect it from the unscrupulous few who are always on the lookout for ways of exploiting and profiting from others.
“So, just as we do our premises, let’s do all we can to protect our online assets from criminals. Learn how to defend against hackers and malware, back-up information and report any breaches.
“Attend our conference and learn how we can work together to keep online criminals out.”
The Essential Digital Protection for Business Conference takes place on March 9. To book attendance at this event, or the condensed breakfast session, click here.
If you suspect your business has been targeted by cyber criminals report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.