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South West businesses urged to step up cyber security

Published: April 27, 2017

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Businesses across the South West are being urged to step up their cyber security after a recent report by the British Chambers of Commerce identified that one in five businesses have been hit by a cyber-attack in the last 12 months.

CompTIA, a world-leading technology association, suggest that the top five reasons that human error leads to security incidents are: increased use of social media by staff; failure of staff to understand new threats; general carelessness towards security; lack of security expertise with websites and apps and failure of IT staff to follow security procedures and policies.

Head of Cornwall College Business, Sally Foard said: “The impact of a cyber-attack could be huge; there’s the time needed to fix your website and systems, a potential loss of customers, damage to your reputation plus disruption to business and productivity. It’s absolutely crucial that businesses are secure and can protect their data, relying on an IT provider may not be enough”.

Cornwall College Business is offering a new Cyber Security workshop to businesses across Devon and Cornwall, starting this June. The one day course is aimed at non-technical end-users of computers, mobile devices, networks and the Internet, and will enable delegates to use technology more securely and minimise digital risks. Delegates can then progress onto a three day course and then a Cyber Security Trailblazer Apprenticeship if they wish.

The course covers security compliance requirements, social engineering, security of devices, passwords, data protection, Malware, wireless devices, browsing the web and emailing safely and how to use Cloud services and social networks securely.

With the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR) also coming into force in 2018, bringing with it potential fines of up to two million euros, there has never been a better time to ensure that staff are aware of technology-related risks, and know how to protect both themselves and their business.

If you would like to find out more about the Cyber Security workshop or any other training opportunities, please contact CCB on 0800 731 7594, email hello@ccbtraining.co.uk or visit www.ccbtraining.co.uk .

 

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