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Digital agency director to speak at second Cyber Security Seminar in Leeds

Published 5th Jun 2017 by Rebecca Walker

Vizulate Digital Director Mick Brant has been invited to speak about the importance of website security at a Free Cyber Security Seminar being held at the Bridge Community Conference Centre in Leeds later this month.

The half-day seminar is the second to be hosted by Brighouse-based IT support and solutions company Netpoint Solutions, in partnership with the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit. The event aims to alert small and medium-sized business owners to the growing threat of cyber crime.

Mick will be joined by a number of other expert speakers, including DCI Vanessa Smith who has served West Yorkshire Police for 22 years and is now heading up the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit. DCI Smith will explain the risks to businesses and will advise them on the ten critical policies, procedures and protections that every business should have in place to protect themselves.

Speaking ahead of the event DCI Smith said: “Businesses regardless of size are vulnerable to attack from the cyber criminal who, if successful, can cause significant harm to the continuous of the business. Awareness of this threat is the first step in protecting your business from the risk of a cyber-attack, followed by education and implementation of simple cyber security measures.”

In June 2016, the FSB, which is also helping to promote the seminar, published its report, ‘Cyber Resilience: How to protect small firms in the digital economy,’ which suggested that smaller firms are collectively attacked seven million times per year, costing the UK economy an estimated £5.26 billion.

Speaking about the website-specific security risks to businesses, Mick Brant said: “All websites and web applications are potentially vulnerable to security breaches unless best practice is adhered to.

“In the same way that computer desktop and operating environments have to be updated with patches because a new vulnerability has been discovered, so should website frameworks and applications.

“Best practice and ongoing maintenance and support are a key part of the Vizulate Digital offering and we adhere to best practices such as secure hosting – which should be considered as the first line of defence. Where clients subscribe to our support service, we apply regular updates of core plugins and files and ensure any applicable security updates are applied to keep the site safe. We ensure our e-commerce websites are PCI DSS compliant and only use recognised and audited payment gateways so payment liability is the responsibility of the payment provider. And where clients subscribe to our support service, we schedule regular backups to ensure that even if the worst should happen it can be quickly restored.”

The seminar runs from 9.00am to 1.30pm on Friday 30th June and is free to attend for eligible representatives of businesses with between 5 to 249 staff.

Refreshments and a buffet lunch are also provided, providing an opportunity for delegates to informally network.

For more information or to book your place visit netpointsolutions.co.uk/cybersecurity


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