With cyber crime on the increase Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping is holding a conference to help small businesses protect themselves.

Nottinghamshire Police says the cost of protecting a small business against cyber crime is high, but the costs of an attack can be higher. Paddy Tipping wants to alert smaller businesses how to spot a cyber attack and how they can protect themselves.

Nottinghamshire Police found that cyber crime costs UK businesses more than £1billion every year yet 80% of these offences are preventable.

The major threat to businesses is hacking, when criminals steal business information or details about customers. The attackers can then use that information to gain access to bank details and online accounts.

Attacks can also come in the form of spam emails, computer viruses and Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS).

Paddy Tipping wants to help businesses across Nottingham, as well as the rest of the UK, who are not large enough to pay for protection against these kinds of attacks. He hopes this will reduce the number of victims of cyber crime.

 

The conference is taking place on the 9th of February at The Atrium, Nottingham. Businesses who want to attend can sign up here