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Kent firms offered vital advice on cyber security after one in five businesses were attacked last year

Contributed by editor on May 15, 2017 - 06:30 AM

 

Computer and legal experts are teaming up to offer Kent companies advice on cyber security after a shock report by the British Chambers of Commerce revealed that a fifth of British businesses had suffered a cyber attack in the past year.

 

 

The British Chambers of Commerce Digital Economy Survey of more than 1,200 UK businesses, released on 18 April, indicated that fraudsters were more likely to target larger firms of more than 100 staff, with 42% of them victims of a cyber attack.

However, 18% of the smaller companies polled also reported suffering online criminal activity.

Last year the Government joined forces with the Chartered Institute of Human Development to launch Cyber Security for HR Professionals, an e-learning tool for Human Resources.

The alliance was forged following growing recognition that cyber security is a human issue and not only an IT one. It is people who initiate the attacks, including professional hackers, cyber criminals, state-sponsored groups and insiders, including staff.

Kent companies worried about cyber security can find out about the risks and, most importantly, how to protect themselves at a FREE seminar in Canterbury on Tuesday 16 May.

Mark Philip, from ADM Computing, will describe the principal cyber risks that exist in today’s business environment and outline the measures companies can take to protect themselves. Also present to provide HR advice is employment law specialist Amanda Okill, of Furley Page Solicitors, pictured below.



The seminar will help identify the legal and commercial implications of an attack, share best HR and business practice on combating cyber crime and offer practical guidance on what protection can be implemented.

As Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, warned in his report: “Cyber attacks risk companies’ finances, confidence and reputation, with victims reporting not only monetary losses but costs from disruption to their business and productivity.”

The seminar will be held at the Canterbury office of ADM Computing on Tuesday 16 May from 9.30am to noon. Although there is no charge, booking is essential by registering at www.adm-computing.co.uk . Attendees can also contact Daniel Ibbertson at ADM Computing on 01227 473512 or email daniel.ibbertson@adm-computing.co.uk

The company is ISO 9001 accredited for Quality Management and ISO 27001 accredited for Information Security Management. ADM Computing also holds accreditation for Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus.

For more information about Furley Page visit www.furleypage.co.uk

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