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Cybercrime seminar for business

Tuesday 15 August

Get expert advice to keep business safe

Keeping local businesses safe online is top of the agenda at a special business workshop next month.

The event, hosted by Swale Borough Council, will provide local business owners with the knowledge they need to help protect their company and staff against the latest online threats.

Attendees at the workshop will hear from a cybercrime officer from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, who will cover topics such as the threats businesses face, social engineering, Wi-Fi, and password security. Along with tips and advice about how firms can protect themselves.

It will also be an opportunity for firms to find out how to take advantage of a free cyber review and sign up to a National Cyber Security Centre scheme. This allows firms to exchange cyber threat information in real time in a secure environment with members across different sectors and organisations.

Cllr Mike Cosgrove, cabinet member for regeneration at the council, said:

"This is a great opportunity for local businesses to get the most up to-date expert advice to help reduce their chances of becoming a victim of online crime.

"When we first ran this workshop attendees said it was a valuable insight into the kinds of threats they could be exposed to without realising.

"Cybercrime can have a devastating impact on those who fall victim. It is vital for businesses to ensure they do all they can to protect both their company and their staff.

"We want to help the local business community arm themselves with the knowledge they need to reduce their chances of becoming victims of cybercrime."

The free half-day event takes place from 9am-12 noon on Wednesday, 13 September at The Alexandra Centre, Faversham.

Places must be booked in advance, and businesses can reserve a place online, by email or calling 01795 417398.