Bradford Bulls Odsal Stadium was the backdrop for our second cybersecurity event where business owners and IT managers had the chance to learn what’s new in cyber crime from leading industry experts, and how best to protect their businesses against cyber attack.
Cyber breaches and attacks are ever increasing, and we heard from DC Shelton Newsham of the Yorkshire and Humber Police Regional Organised Crime Unit that cyber crime is now the second most prolific crime in the world, after terrorism. It is clear that it has become a world wide epidemic and by 2021 the global cost to businesses is forecast to be 6 trillion $US.
David Meredith am expert from firewall specialists SonicWall, told us that 86 billion $US was spent on Cybersecurity in 2017, yet 66% of business were still breached and even worse than that, breached an average of five times or more. In June 2018 the average SonicWall customer was hit by 79 malware attacks per day!
Delegates then had the chance to take part in a simulated cybersecurity attack to learn how to build a defence strategy. Eight teams pitted their wits in a simulated real life situation using Kaspersky’s Interactive Protection Simulation exercise. There were some very intense expressions and lots of discussion took place. Pictured here are the winning team Richard Palmer from SHC, Matt Griffiths from Nestle UK and our own sales manager Adam Blades who were all presented with a Kaspersky Total Security Package to use at home and a notebook by Lee Rendell, Kaspersky’s security expert.
Event sponsors Hollinbay also provided the prize draw of £100 worth of Amazon vouchers. Hollinbay managing director Robert Harder is pictured here presenting the lucky winner Richard Benson from Little Islands, a company that designs and produces unique interactive environments for people living with dementia.
“We are constantly being bombarded by cyber attacks, we can put systems in place to prevent them but the biggest threat to business is the lack of awareness by staff. Hollinbay are dedicated to making our customers aware of current threats and how best to protect themselves,” said Robert Harder.
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