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Cyber security for small businesses

Experts are joining forces to share best practice in becoming more ‘cyber secure’ at a seminar for local businesses on 3 December, at Imjin Barracks, Gloucester.

BPE Solicitors and HR Champions have designed the event to bring this hot issue – often associated with large corporations – into the practical domain for all small and medium size businesses.

With a recent survey revealing that nearly half (46%) of small business owners have not assigned responsibilities for managing data security to anyone in their team, and more than a quarter (27%) admitting they don’t have information security policies and procedures in place, the seminar will provide a useful first step for many firms.

“Hacking and data security can seem like an IT issue, but it’s really a people issue,” says Cathy O’Donoghue, Managing Director at HR Champions. “Every business, and everybody within a business, has a role to play in protecting our companies, customers, staff and suppliers from cyber crime. It’s vital to have policies that are clear, understood and enacted.”

As well as top tips for protecting your company through robust and consistent people practices, Lisa Gettins, Partner at BPE Solicitors, will highlight the legal protection available. “It’s important to understand the legal risks your business may face, but also to recognise that the law can help us to prepare for the unexpected.”

Speakers also include Ian Maxted, Gloucestershire Constabulary’s ‘safer cyber’ advisor for businesses, Tom Kidwell, from Cylen Digital Intelligence, and cyber risk management specialist Brian Harrison from Razor Thorn. Brigadier Allan McLeod will provide an introduction to the Allied Rapid Response Corps, which is hosting the event at its HQ.

The seminar has been designed to be of relevance to owner-managers, directors and managers of local businesses, in all sectors, irrespective of whether they trade online.

To book a place on the seminar, contact HR Champions on 01452 331331 or book online www.hrchampions.co.uk/cyber-security-seminar

 

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