We recently teamed up with West Yorkshire Police and Orchard Facilities Management to host a seminar for over 100 local business people to discuss emerging Cyber Crime risks and the upcoming implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force on May 25th.

As latest Government statics reveal that only 38% of businesses and 44% of charities are even aware of GDPR it’s clear that many are unprepared for its implementation in May. 

The seminar, at Square Chapel’s stunning Copper Auditorium, was headlined by Detective Chief Inspector Vanessa Smith, West Yorkshire Police’s Head of Cyber Crime. Vanessa talked the crowd through the key trends in cybercrime including Distributed Denial of Service Attacks, Brute Force Attacks, Social Engineering, Ransomware and Mandate Fraud. 

Vanessa also discussed ways in which businesses can protect themselves against such threats in the form of a handy 10 Steps to Cyber Security guide - which can be seen below. 

Neil Ewing, Managing Director at Orchard Facilities Management, discussed the importance of IT Security considering the upcoming implementation of GDPR in May. Neil focused on how businesses should be considering their IT Security alongside a reputable IT Provider to ensure they adequately protect the data they hold to avoid data loss and subsequent investigation under the terms of these new regulations. 

Finally, Lynne Noble, Account Executive at Wilby Ltd, explained to the crowd how insurance policies can help to transfer some of the risks in this area and support businesses should they be the victim of cybercrime. Lynne discussed the important differences between a Crime and a Cyber Insurance policy. 

The speakers were all received very well, and the event generated fantastic feedback, hopefully many local businesses are now better prepared to combat Cyber Crime and better prepared for the implementation of GDPR.