Summit to help protect businesses from cyber criminals
CLEVELAND Police and Crime Commissioner Steve Turner will host his first crime prevention summit for businesses and retailers next week.
Organised in partnership with Cleveland Police, the summit will highlight the risks of cyber crime to the region’s businesses and showcase support offered by Cleveland Police’s Cyber Crime Team.
Experts from the force will demonstrate what owners and managers can do to prevent criminals attacking – and damaging – businesses online.
The summit will:
Attendees will have plenty of time to ask the experts about the subjects raised at the summit as well as any issues facing their own businesses.
Cleveland PCC Steve Turner has made a commitment to engage regularly with the business and retail community – and hopes to run more events tailored to their needs in the year ahead.
Cleveland PCC Steve Turner said: “As more of us shop and do business online, criminals have switched their focus to trying to scam us out of our hard-earned cash through cyber crime.
“It’s important that businesses are equipped with the knowledge and the tools to protect their livelihoods – and those of the staff they employ.”
Cyber crime costs the UK an estimated £27 billion per year. It causes damage to business infrastructure, supply chains and reputations.
The most common types of cyber crime are caused by phishing, ransomware, malware and weak passwords.*
The Cleveland Cyber Crime Summit 2022 takes place at the Curve, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, on Monday 11 April from 1.30pm.
Four most common types of Cyber Crime*
Criminals try to trick you into clicking a bad link that can download malware or direct you to a website that wants you to hand over personal passwords or account details.
Ransomware is a type of malicious software, which threatens to publish or encrypt victim’s data online unless the victim pays a ransom to the hackers.
This is activated when a user clicks on a malicious link or attachment. This leads them to install dangerous software.
Weak passwords or using the same passwords across multiple accounts can cause data to become compromised.