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Conference helps businesses tackle cybercrime

BUSINESSES from across Cambridgeshire came together yesterday (10th March) to understand how the growing threat of cybercrime is being addressed in the county.

Organised by Cambridgeshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner and Cambridgeshire Constabulary, the event in Cambridge was an opportunity for businesses to get the latest practical advice on what they should be doing to protect themselves.

The threat from cybercrime is one of the fastest growing crime types and instances of cyber-attack are increasing year on year, both for businesses and for individuals.

Detective Sergeant Rich Oliver from Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s Fraud and Cybercrime Investigation Unit updated delegates on what the police are doing to protect the public more widely from cybercrime.

Speakers, Rob Hadfield from, and Phil Cobley from Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU), provided national and regional perspective on the digital threat.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Graham Bright said:

“Cybercrime is a specialist crime which requires a specialist response. It doesn’t matter whether you are an individual doing online banking at home or a small/medium-sized business operating on a larger scale, a lot of the damage caused by cyber criminals is preventable and it’s our job to keep you as informed as possible about how you can stop yourself becoming a victim.

“As the tactics and methods of our cyber criminals become more advanced, we need to respond by confronting this issue by taking action together. I’m delighted that today’s event allowed us to open a dialogue with businesses across the county to enable continued action against this growing threat.”

5 tips to help people protect themselves:

  • Always make sure smart phone or tablet has a PIN
  • Never leave your smart phone or tablet in a public place
  • A strong password is your best defence – do not use the same password for different accounts
  • Check your privacy settings on social media sites so only friends and family can see your pages
  • Watch out for emails that don’t address you by name – don’t open attachments from people you don’t know

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