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Computing: Kent Police give business community important advice at Cyber Awareness Conference

Contributed by editor on Oct 12, 2017 - 10:00 AM




Online crime prevention advice was shared with more than 80 members of the local business community at a free Kent Police event.


The Cyber Awareness Conference was held at Kent Police College on Tuesday 10 October 2017 to help staff from small and medium-sized enterprises understand the threats of cybercrime and how to spot the tactics of those responsible.


A number of keynote speeches were delivered at the event by representatives from Barclays Digital Engagement, Nicholls Law and Independent Insurance.


Officers from Kent Police’s new Cybercrime Unit, which was created in April 2017 in response to the growing threat from online offenders, also provided an overview of their work in addition to help and advice for those in attendance.

Detective Inspector Jon Faulkner of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: ‘It is more important than ever that we are all aware of the digital threats that exist and the steps we can take to protect ourselves from harm.

‘Cyber-attacks can have a devastating impact on businesses of all sizes and can mean the difference between success and failure for many. We are therefore keen to share our online safety messages with as many people as possible to reduce the chances of them falling victims to hackers and other online criminals.


‘We had a really positive response to the conference, which shows just how important an issue this is for Kent’s business community. We were very pleased with the turnout and will be holding similar events again in the future.’


There are a number of ways in which businesses can make their computer systems safer:

• Use anti-virus software.
• Train your staff on cyber security.
• Passwords of less than eight characters are of limited worth and should be changed immediately to those which contain a mix of upper and lower-case letters, numbers and symbols.
• Download software updates as soon as they appear.
• Delete suspicious emails immediately.
• Use a separate credit card for online transactions.
• Lock your screen if you are away from your desk.
• Do not plug mobile phone chargers or memory sticks into USB ports unless you know their origin.
• Identify the top five data files on your system that could be useful to a competitor or a criminal, and ensure they are protected.


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