Protecting a business from cyber fraud can be confusing. Knowing where to start – and even the simple steps to take to protect the most common kinds of cyber fraud – can seem like an insurmountable challenge.
Often, business owners don’t believe that cyber fraud is their problem, but with the government reporting that 74 per cent of small businesses faced a breach of cyber security in the last year, it’s clear that fraud is everyone’s issue.
Barclays Bank, in association with Buckinghamshire New University, is holding two free evening events in March designed to support local businesses as they develop their cyber security defenses.
With speakers from industry, Government, the police and academia, these evenings are designed to introduce businesses to some of the most common problems, as well as the solutions that are available.
Neil Dymond, Relationship Director for Barclays Corporate, notes that Cyber Security is everyone’s business. He said: “Cyber Fraud is a growing menace in our digital age. These events have been designed as a “one stop shop” for SME owners to learn more about the threat, and find ways to protect their businesses.”
Emma Parkinson, Head of Security and Resilience at Bucks New University, added: “With cyber security and awareness of cyber fraud so high on the Government’s agenda, the University is delighted to be able to support Barclays by sharing its knowledge at this event.
“We’re looking forward to having so much expertise in one room which will be of real benefit to businesses in the Buckinghamshire area.”
The early evening events take place on 10 March at Bucks New University’s High Wycombe Campus and on 17 March at University Campus Aylesbury Vale, in Walton Street, Aylesbury.
The events begin at 5.30pm with registration, networking and a light buffet before the speakers begin at 6.30pm. There will be an opportunity for questions afterwards and the event will close at 8.30pm. Places can be reserved by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phillip Wood MBE – Head of School, Management and Professional Studies.
Phil Wood has extensive knowledge in a wide range of security, resilience and asset protection disciplines. Before joining Bucks New University in September 2009, he was employed as a commissioned officer in the Royal Air Force Regiment. This provides him with a high degree of specialist resilience and continuity knowledge in the physical, information, personnel and infrastructure domains, alongside his academic and applied knowledge in security and risk management.
Detective Sergeant Chris Greatorex – South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU).
An officer of Thames Valley Police, Chris works as part of the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit where he focuses on cyber crime. With his specific knowledge about the threats faced by businesses in the region – including the surprising scale of local attacks – he can help businesses concentrate on the key issues and challenges.
Joe Cooksey – Barclays Bank
Joe is a Business Digital Eagle for Barclays. His role is to help SMEs make the most of their digital presence and demonstrate how they can both protect and grow their business in the digital space. Joe’s talk will cover the threats that exist to SMEs and how you can take steps to protect yourself.
Mike Gillespie – Advent IM Ltd (10 March)
The Managing Director of Advent IM Ltd, Mike is an information security practitioner and consultant of many years’ standing and is well versed in the threat to organisational information assets. An active member of the Security Institute since 2008, Mike was voted onto the board of Directors in 2013 and given special responsibility for Cyber Research and Strategy. Mike is called upon regularly to speak at events and contribute editorial, most recently for the BBC and The Sunday Times as well as other industry media.
Paul Oughton – Advent IM Ltd (17 March)
Paul Oughton is a highly experienced Security Consultant and trainer. With a security career spanning 10 years, Paul has specialist knowledge in the provision and review of security and resilience solutions for critical sites and high profile projects. An accomplished risk management professional, he has a wealth of client advisory experience and technical expertise. Paul has worked extensively within the fields of Critical National Infrastructure and Aviation Security as well as developing security solutions for operational sites used by the Military and Emergency Services both in the UK and overseas.
Allen Wilkes – DYTS Ltd/Cyber Essentials Scheme
With 15 years’ experience in protecting businesses against cyber attack, Allen will be explaining the benefits of the government’s Cyber Essentials Scheme. This has been set up to provide clear advice and guidance regarding internet security. Cyber Essentials is designed for organisations, of all sizes, and all sectors, and covers the basics of cyber security in an organisation’s enterprise or corporate IT system. Allen will demonstrate how implementation of these controls can significantly reduce the risk of prevalent but unskilled cyber attacks.