Brighouse business joins forces with West Yorkshire Police to educate SMEs on cyber crime

With the growing sophistication of cyber attacks, at Netpoint Solutions, we have joined forces with the Regional Cyber Crime Unit at West Yorkshire Police to alert business owners to the threat of cyber crime. On 10 February 2017, Netpoint Solutions Director Steve Vickerman is hosting a free half-day seminar with Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Vanessa Smith, Head of the Regional Cyber Crime Unit to educate businesses on how to protect their business.

Without intervention, cyber attacks could stifle small business growth and in the worst cases, it can cause businesses to shut down. 

At the seminar, DCI Smith will explain the risks to businesses and will advise them on the ten critical policies, procedures and protections that every business should have in place to protect themselves.

DCI Smith said, “Businesses regardless of size are vulnerable to attack from the cyber criminal who if successful can cause significant harm to the continuous of the business. Awareness of this threat is the first step in protecting your business from the risk of a cyber-attack, followed by education and implementation of simple cyber security measures.”

Netpoint Solutions Director Steve Vickerman said, “We know that unfortunately there is growing list of Yorkshire businesses that have lost tens of thousands of pounds to cyber fraud. We really can’t emphasise enough how important it is that business owners are aware of the risks and what steps they can take to reduce the risk of a cyber attack. At this event, they’ll receive advice directly from the Head of the Regional Cyber Crime Unit.”  

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is helping FSB member Steve promote the event to small and medium sized businesses in an effort to help business owners protect themselves and their business assets from cyber crime. In June 2016, FSB published their report, ‘Cyber Resilience: How to protect small firms in the digital economy,’ which suggested that smaller firms are collectively attacked seven million times per year, costing the UK economy an estimated £5.26 billion.

FSB West Yorkshire media spokesperson, Neil Kendall, said:

“The digital economy is vital to small businesses - presenting a huge opportunity to reach new markets and customers - but these benefits are matched by the risk of opportunities for criminals to attack businesses. FSB research shows that two-thirds of businesses have been a victim of cyber crime in the last two years, costing each business on average, almost £3,000. Without a concerted effort to reduce cyber crime and improve resilience, small businesses could be at real risk and that is why we would urge business owners to attend this event. It’s free, it takes just a couple of hours out of their working day but they will get some highly valuable and practical advice from DCI Vanessa Smith on how to protect themselves from cyber attacks.”

The free seminar runs from 9.30am to 12 noon on Friday 10 February at the Junction 25 Conference Centre on Armytage Road, Brighouse. The seminar is aimed at businesses that employ up to 100 people, and it is ideal for any business which handles financial, medical or personal data or any business owner that is concerned about being defrauded.

Refreshments and a buffet lunch are also provided providing an opportunity for delegates to informally network. Places at the event are limited so early booking is advised.

Places can be booked

Ben Cooper, our Operations Manager was at Kirklees Local TV informing of the risks of cybercrime & how to stay safe online. Check out the interview and discover small tips on how to maintain your own cyber security.