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Event to Help Firms Boost Cyber Security

BusinessWatch Manager Andy WattersonAn information seminar aimed at equipping East Midlands businesses with the tools they need to protect themselves against a cyber attack takes place in Nottingham later this month.

The event, at the Nottingham Conference Centre on 28 January, will explain the Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme and provide delegates with best practice information to help protect them against common online attacks. It will also explain why all suppliers bidding for certain Government contracts will need to be Cyber Essentials accredited.

Cyber Essentials has been developed in order to meet the National Security Strategy’s objective of making the UK a safer place to do business online. Funded by the National Cyber Security Programme, it meets a requirement to provide a basic standard for industry on cyber security.

Accredited businesses taking part can download Cyber Essentials ‘badges’, which can be displayed prominently on their websites and marketing literature to demonstrate their adoption of best practice to customers and partners, giving them a competitive edge in a environment that increasingly demands good cyber security.

The free seminar will outline the five key areas covered by Cyber Essentials, namely the level and different types of cyber threat; cyber incidents and their local and national impacts; how Cyber Essentials is being rolled out; what the business case is for becoming certified and how to get accredited; along with the experiences of organisations which already hold Cyber Essentials certification.

The Government now requires all suppliers bidding for certain contracts to be Cyber Essentials accredited. The event will also highlight how this will affect local businesses, along with the benefits of adopting the standard.

It is being delivered by the East Midlands Chamber’s BusinessWatch service and eBusiness Club, in partnership with Institute of Information Security Professionals.

Following a series of presentations there will be a panel session for businesses to raise questions regarding the Cyber Essentials scheme and its relevance to their business.

BusinessWatch Manager Andy Watterson said: “Increasing awareness of cyber security and its importance to local businesses is a Chamber priority, so we are pleased to be hosting this event to equip local businesses with clear and authoritative guidance about the Cyber Essentials scheme.

“While staying safe and secure online should be a key consideration for all businesses, becoming Cyber Essentials accredited will also open up opportunities for firms which want to bid for certain public contracts and need the certification to proceed.”

Deputy Chief Constable East Midlands Peter Goodman said: “Cyber crime is undoubtedly the most rapidly developing threat that law enforcement agencies in the UK and internationally are having to contend with, and we making great strides in this field.

“The Government has also been very proactive about providing the advice and assistance that individuals, companies and other organisations need to take preventative action by offering excellent free advice to ensure we all take the steps necessary to avoid falling victim.

“I would urge businesses across the region to take advantage of support and guidance available at the Cyber Essentials event to bolster not only their confidence in doing business online but the confidence of their customers too.”

The event runs from 6.30pm (6pm registrations) to 8pm on 28 January. It is free to all businesses which are registered with HMRC and have fewer than 250 employees.

Places can be booked online at http://bit.ly/1sTLZAb.

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