Police host Cybe Crime Sessions for Local Businesses

Written by on 30th January 2018

Local businesses are being invited to learn more about how they can protect their business from cyber-crime.

Over the coming weeks the North East Regional Serious Organised Unit (NERSOU) in conjunction with Northumbria Police, will host two Cyber Breakfasts over the next few weeks.

The first will take place at St James’ Park in Newcastle on Wednesday February 7th with a second event at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland on Friday March 16th.

The events are aimed at making sure local businesses are aware of the risks posed by poor cyber security with experts even showing delegates who easy it can be to hack a system without security measures in place.

As part of the events Northumbria Police will also talk about a service its Cyber Volunteers offer, in particular a free Vulnerability Assessment which can identify any potential risks to businesses.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, said: “Online fraud was estimated to have cost ten million pounds last year, with offenders increasingly targeting businesses.”  

“The pattern of crime is changing here in the North East and we all need to be vigilant to tackle it. With the expertise of our officers and our newly recruited, experienced cyber volunteers, events like this will help us to protect local organisations in Northumbria from becoming a victim of cyber-crime and educate business owners alike on the risks.”

Head of Northumbria Police’s Cyber Crime unit, Superintendent Mick Barton, said: “All too often we see businesses fall victim to untargeted attacks where the criminals have found a well-known vulnerability which can be easily exploited.”

“Criminals are constantly using software to scan the internet looking for easy targets, such as vulnerable and out of date systems, and by offering this service we hope to find some of these vulnerabilities before criminals do so that appropriate action can be taken”

“The breakfasts will be hosted by cyber specialists trained who will highlight the potential risks any business could face and will even highlight how easy it can be to hack a vulnerable system.”

You can register for either event and find more information by clicking here.

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