Over breakfast at the glorious Blackstock Country Estate, Dan Maund from the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (pictured) delivered a presentation on cybersecurity. Dan is a Police Cyber Security Adviser and he provided information on current levels of threat to UK businesses and tips on avoiding costly cyber attacks. He said that cybercrime was currently costing the UK £66 billion, a 21% rise since 2016. Indeed, the FSB’s 2016 report on cyber resilience stated that cybercrime costs the UK economy an estimated £5.26 billion with the average cost to each business at almost £3000. The FSB’s Development Manager, Martin Searle said, ”the FSB report found that two thirds (66%) of businesses surveyed said they had been a victim of cybercrime in the last two years so smaller businesses need to be in doubt that it is a real possibility that it could happen to them.”
Dan’s presentation made it clear that forms of attack such as malware and ransomware are designed to maximise disruption to the business – with an average of 23 days to resolve ransomware attacks – a period where the business is unable to operate. The small mercy is that hackers and attackers always will take the line of least resistance and that is why the Police are investing more in protection.
Dan ran through the on-line ‘cyberessentials’ Government backed scheme to protect business. Tips include maintaining and updating firewalls and antivirus software, securing your systems with strong passwords and where possible two-factor authentication, regular scanning for malware and training for employees and contractors. Pat Rodohan, the local FSB membership advisor, highlighted the Cyber Protection available in the membership package which gives access to a specialist advisor helpline, insurance protection and on-line information. He urged members to check this out and to make sure their business was not vulnerable.
FSB Connect breakfasts offer networking and food at a great venue and always an informative speaker with plenty of time for questions and answers. More information and booking can be made for Eastbourne here and for Bexhill here We look forward to seeing you and why not bring a non-member guest?