Thirty Swindon and Wiltshire businesses owners attended a workshop to learn more about protecting their firms from online fraud.
the South West Regional Cyber Crime Unit’s cyber crime prevention workshop was held at the Swindon headquarters of Excalibur Communications.
With 43 percent of UK businesses experienced an attack or breach in 2018, the aim of the event was to raise awareness of the threat of cyber crime to businesses in the region.
SWRCCU experts updated delegates on the latest scams, spoofs and phishing emails that hackers are using, and how best to identify them before serious damage is caused.
Excalibur and Ironshare, providers of managed cyber security and consulting services, were also on hand to talk to delegates about how to protect their business.
Excalibur operations director Graham Ford said: "Security is a big and growing issue for all businesses, big or small. Considering the size and frequency of the problem, it’s still surprising how few businesses have put significant security measures in place.
"There is a great deal that can be done to protect SMEs from potential attacks and we recommend they put a security strategy in place, in which having up to date software is key, but by no means the only a part.”
Sam Parsons, cyber protect officer for the SWRCCU, said: "It was fantastic to see so many organisations being proactive and taking the initiative to engage with cyber security.
"Protecting your business against the majority of cyber threats can be done by adhering to simple yet effective measures, but you need that engagement and buy-in from senior decision makers to ensure that actually happens – that’s what this workshop aims to achieve.”