03.09.2019

Don’t fall foul to Cyber Crime!

Business owners will be able to learn vital steps to take when defending against cyber security risks at a local workshop run by industry experts.

Burgis & Bullock are looking to help business owners protect against cyber security and GDPR vulnerabilities, after worrying research revealed major weaknesses.

We recently surveyed a range of clients of all sizes, and discovered that they all displayed serious cyber security and GDPR vulnerabilities. These results have been echoed by a recent report prepared by Gallagher Insurance.

The global insurance broker Gallagher has highlighted the vulnerability of SMEs across the UK to what it describes as “crisis events”, a category that includes cyber-attacks, extortion, industrial espionage and terrorism. Gallagher says such events are costing UK SMEs billions of pounds a year and that subsequent trading paralysis is putting thousands at risk of collapse in their aftermath. A poll of 1,120 UK SMEs found that 24% were affected by a crisis event in 2018, equating to 1.4m firms across the country and a 5% increase from 2017. Some 23% of SMEs said they would survive for less than a month if rendered unable to trade by a crisis incident. As a result, Gallagher estimates that nearly 57,000 UK SMEs could be at risk of collapse in 2019.

As part of our comitment to helping businesses thrive & survive we are running a Cyber Security Workshop – organised as part of the Burgis & Bullock’s Business Mastermind Group – which will feature talks from a panel of industry experts on how to prevent cyber-attacks and what to do when valuable business information is stolen.

Other topics such as how to identify and manage data risks and how to keep personal information safe will all be discussed by guest speakers including high-level cyber security and information professionals.

Sean Farnell, a partner at Burgis & Bullock said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for business owners to pick up some invaluable tips in safeguarding against cyber threats and find out the steps that need to be taken should their business fall victim to a cyber-attack.

“It will also look at vulnerabilities around GDPR. While it has been a year since the legislation came into force, compliance is still a fine line and it is important for business to be aware of the technicalities that can easily cause some businesses to slip up.

“The workshops will be hosted by a range of special guests who are experts in the field of cyber security and data protection.

“Our guest speakers will be providing simple, practical steps to reduce your risk of becoming a victim of a cyber attack.

“It is important to remember that prevention is better than the cure, so hopefully this workshop will provide business owners with all the tools they need to protect against one of the most potent threats to modern business.

The Burgis & Bullock Cyber Security Workshop will take place Friday, September 27 at Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, starting at 8.30am and running until 12.30pm.

For more information visit www.bb-bmg.uk/cyber-security-workshop or to book directly via Event Bright click here.

 

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