Four of Worcestershire’s leading IT and Cyber Security organisations came together at The Hive on the13th September to hold a free cyber security event for SMEs. Organisers arranged the event to raise awareness about the importance of information security and help protect Worcestershire’s businesses and people.
Local insurance business Sutcliffe & Co, Worcestershire University’s Business School and Worcestershire County Council all offered their support through sponsorship and Robin Walker MP took time out of his schedule to open the event. Mr Walker explained how important cyber security is to Worcestershire. “I want to help Worcestershire lead the way in Cyber Security. There are employment opportunities in this new sector and Worcestershire is becoming the ‘go-to county’ for cyber expertise, products and services. Cyber security is a growing priority for government and there are opportunities for companies both large and small in this area. It is great to see SMEs and the university coming together to showcase what Worcestershire can do.”
Cyber security is becoming an ever increasing threat as more and more organisations are deciding to operate online and use computer systems to store their sensitive data. As a result the estimated cost to UK PLC is now £27Bn. This is made up of theft of data, Intellectual Property, brand damage, payments being diverted to criminal accounts and money being transferred from business accounts. Although we often hear of big business data breaches in the media, the reality is that 80% of these cyber attacks are targeted at small to medium enterprises (SMEs). SMEs naturally have smaller security budgets and often have less cyber security expertise, so are considered easier targets for attack.
The event presentations covered a broad range of cyber security concerns, giving delegates the opportunity to learn more about the impact of computer vulnerabilities, how Hackers use these and what damage could be done. Advice was also given on practical and cost effective methods of reducing the risk of these attacks by a host of cyber professionals.
Ian Whiting, Director of Titania, delivered a presentation on the Payment Card Industry Security Standard (PCI-DSS) and the precautions that must be taken by organisations taking payments online.
Nigel Church, Director of First Solutions Technologies, gave a presentation on the impact of the cloud. He explained how cloud computing was one factor in helping control cost in business and can offer a cost effective solution to security.
Steve Borwell-Fox, Director of Malvern Security Group, offered a practical guide to cyber security, focussing on what micro and small businesses can actually do to reduce the risk of a cyber attack.
The event was such a great success that another one is planned for Spring 2013.
For more information:
Ruth Inglis, Titania: firstname.lastname@example.org
At Titania we develop cyber security auditing software. We currently provide our flagship product Nipper Studio to global organisations in 40 countries.Our customer base is made up largely of organisations in the financial, telecommunications, IT security, and government and defence industries. Our programming team have years of experience in the cyber security industry and are committed to continually developing new technology in this field.