Securious attended the Crime Against Business event at St Mellion International Resort last Thursday representing the South West Cyber Security Cluster (SWCSC).
Preventing Crime Together is Better, was the theme of the day, and what better time than now, to take a look at how your business operates and identify your own cyber threat prevention methods.
These prevention methods can take the form of Antivirus, Anti-Malware, Internet access protection, or simple steps to take when dealing with an unknown Email message.
The event was chaired by Devon and Cornwall Police along with the Federation of Small Businesses, and promoted Prevention of crime through collaboration as key elements within the Devon and Cornwall business community.
We heard the Chief Constable, Shaun Sawyer, outline the main objectives of the police when engaging with businesses throughout the South West, and how businesses can help themselves by reporting and identifying the crimes that are directly affecting them.
A variety of discussions and presentations, covered topics ranging from the introduction of plastic bank notes through to voluntary based charities that support crime awareness, and information sharing.
We also experienced the ‘Fog Cannon’ demonstration which is used as a burglar deterrent. The Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime commissioner, Tony Hogg (Shown in picture above), was the first to disappear in the rapidly deployed fog!
The afternoon session concentrated on the high growth area of cybercrime. The shocking reality of a very real problem that the government has highlighted yet again, proves that cybercrime is on the increase .
The South West Cyber Security Cluster (SWCSC) is a collaboration of organisations, actively engaged in the cyber security and IT industries.
We are a member of the UK Cyber Security Forum and our collaborative includes Plymouth University, Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, local businesses and enterprises from across Devon and Cornwall.
We embrace the wide-ranging expertise and specialities of our members to deliver the collective mission of driving greater cyber security skills and awareness across all business and industry sectors throughout the region.
Our vision, is to establish a ‘Centre for Cyber Excellence’ in the South West. A Centre that would be a genuine reference point for cyber best practice, not just for the region, but also nationally – attracting commercial resources and investment to the Centre and the region, ensuring real and tangible social value whilst helping to safeguard local people, local businesses and local communities.”