16th March 2016
Keeping your business safe from cybercrime
Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce members were treated to an informative and eye-opening presentation over breakfast at The Richard Onslow this morning, all about the dangers of cybercrime.
DC Dave Hull of the Surrey & Sussex Police Cyber Crime Unit described the threat of cybercrime as one of the top five risks facing the UK – right up there with terrorism and civil unrest!
He talked about various examples of cybercrime, with hackers increasingly using social engineering to access systems.
In one case, a quick search of LinkedIn and Facebook gave Dave and his team enough personal information to fabricate an email purporting to be from a school headmaster, encouraging the parent to click on a video link which took control of their computers.
There has also been cases of USB flash drives dropped by vehicles in car parks, with around one in ten of these picked up and inserted into computers, giving criminals access to valuable data.
Dave shared some useful tips, including the use of two-factor authentication on email accounts, so a text message code is required each time a new device is used to access an email account.
He also suggested consider using Cyber Essentials, a government-backed, industry supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against common cyber attacks.
Before the presentation, Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce members enjoyed a full English or continental breakfast, along with opportunities for networking.
He also encouraged Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce members to write letters of support to Bob Bayley, as evidence of the demand for the new pay-on-exit car parking proposals, as this will help secure funding from Surrey County Council.
There was news about the forthcoming launch of Up Your Game, Cranleigh! This village-wide mystery shopping initiative from Shopper Anonymous Surrey is being organised by Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce, and funded by Waverley Borough Council and Surrey County Council, with an awards ceremony in June sponsored by One Forty.
Up to 40 businesses and retailers in Cranleigh can participate in the scheme, which costs a nominal £10 per business to enter. Details of this scheme will be available soon.
Our next breakfast meeting takes place at Cranfold Physical Therapy Centre on Thursday 7th April. Space at this breakfast is limited, so please reserve your seat now to avoid disappointment.