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With cyber crime constantly on the rise police and industry professionals in the East Midlands are joining forces to provide advice to business owners on how to best protect themselves against attacks.

The first East Midlands regional cyber crime conference will take place at Pride Park Stadium in Derby on Friday 9 March 2018.

The Essential Digital Protection for Business Conference is designed to help small and medium-sized businesses protect themselves from cyber attacks and advise on what do to in the event that they are targeted.

The free event will bring together experts in the field and is hosted by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU), which works on behalf of the region’s five police forces in tackling serious, organised and major crime, counter-terrorism and domestic extremism.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for cyber crime, Peter Goodman has said: “Digital crime is now the biggest single crime category faced by police.

“The majority of organisations have had some sort of digital security breach and businesses and industry need to work closely with the police to try to prevent and detect cyber attacks.

“For criminals, cyber crime is perceived to pose a lower risk than traditional crime, but the impact on individuals concerned can still be life changing.

“This conference is the perfect opportunity to learn how to protect your business and livelihood.”

Derbyshire Chief Constable Goodman will be delivering a key note speech outlining the main issues affecting businesses and will be followed by presentations on how to protect your business, the impact of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation and a panel discussion on the response to a cyber attack.

For those who are unable to attend, the event will be available to watch via livestream where those watching can feed their questions into the speakers.

EMSOU Detective Chief Inspector Ed McBryde-Wilding said: “Considering we conduct a large part of our living and working online these days, in fact it’s hard to imagine a business, or individual for that matter, without some form of digital footprint, the same amount of investment is still not being made in our online security.

“I’m not just talking about small, local business owners. These sorts of breaches are happening to large national corporations and even global leaders in the digital sector.” – Ed McBryde-Wilding

“Many people still don’t know enough about the cyber world and as a consequence are inadvertently leaving digital doors open to criminals. And I’m not just talking about small, local business owners. These sorts of breaches are happening to large national corporations and even global leaders in the digital sector.

“I’m not just talking about small, local business owners. These sorts of breaches are happening to large national corporations and even global leaders in the digital sector.”

“We can all better understand our technical estate and better protect it from the unscrupulous few who are always on the lookout for ways of exploiting and profiting from others.

“Attend our conference and learn how we can work together to keep online criminals out.”

To book attendance at this event, or the condensed breakfast session, click here.

If you suspect your business has been targeted by cyber criminals report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.