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Birmingham SMEs to get help from London Digital Security Centre

SMEs in Birmingham are to get the opportunity to learn how to protect themselves from cyber attacks at a free event on 25 October 2017

The London Digital Security Centre is to host a free conference in Birmingham to help small to medium-sized enterprises secure their businesses from cyber crime.

The free full-day conference on 25 October 2017 is sponsored by NatWest Bank and in partnership with Wesleyan Assurance Society and West Midlands Police Authority.

SMEs are invited to register for the conference, which is co-sponsored by Identifi Global and Secureworks and will take place at the Wesleyan head offices in Birmingham.

Small to medium-sized businesses are encouraged to attend this event, including sole traders, as the London Digital Security Centre (LDSC) is keen that smaller businesses start to recognise they are as much at risk as larger ones.

According to the LDSC’s report in April 2017, 45% of micro/small businesses had been the victims of successful data breaches or attacks in the previous 12 months, showing the threat is real and potentially devastating to small businesses.

During the conference, SME’s will learn digital security does not have to be costly or difficult, and will hear from leading industry professionals on why they need to understand today’s challenges; and how to take steps to protect their business, their customers and reap the benefits that digital technologies bring.

The event is designed to be non-technical and to provide greater insight into what digital security means to them and their business, and suggest practical steps to increase their cyber security.

The key themes of the event will include: digital security threats to a business, security as an enabler, taking the first steps to a secure business, a risk assessment and a simulation of a cyber breach.

Top cyber resilience experts will be speaking at the event, including:

  • Barrie Millett, head of group security at Wesleyan
  • Ashley Bertie, assistant police and crime commissioner at West Midlands Police Authority
  • John Unsworth, chief executive of the London Digital Security Centre
  • Alistair Manson, UK director at Secureworks
  • Kevin Duffey, managing director of Cyber Rescue
  • Ian Batten, lecturer in computer security at University of Birmingham

Barrie Millett, head of group Security at Wesleyan, said he is excited about partnering with the London Digital Security Centre.

“This is enabling us to engage with our key external stakeholders and local communities to provide a platform of advice and best practice sharing,” he said. “Digital crime has no boundaries, and we all need to work in true partnership to prepare for and reduce the impact this type of crime on society.”

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John Unsworth, chief executive of the LDSC said security is an enabler of business survival and growth, and doing the simple things will make all the difference and all businesses can take control of their digital security.

“Our aim is to reach and support small to medium-sized businesses to help them innovate and grow online through embracing digital opportunities. We do this by working in partnership with trade bodies, local authorities, policing and market-leading product partners.

“This event is a great example of this type of partnership and we’re delighted to have NatWest on board as our lead sponsor to help make this happen,” he said.

The LDSC is a not-for-profit organisation founded by the Mayor of London as a joint venture with the Metropolitan Police Service and the City of London Police. The Centre works alongside the National Fraud and Cyber Crime Reporting Centre (ActionFraud) to help prevent businesses being the victims of cyber crime.

The London Digital Security Centre provides free, impartial advice and support to businesses to help improve their digital security and enable them to work in a secure online environment. 

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