[Courtesy of Liverpool Echo] A Merseyside businessman who lost £100,000 at the hands of cyber crooks will speak at a conference on the growing threat of online hacking and fraud.
Jonathan Kemp’s Birkenhead company AEV lost the fortune when a global crime gang sent convincing e-mails to trigger fraudulent bank payments.
Mr Kemp is among experts and victims speaking at the event, aimed at protecting North West businesses from cyber crime.
The conference at Haydock Park racecourse is being hosted by Titan, the regional crime squad, alongside the Liverpool ECHO’s parent company, Trinity Mirror.
The event, on February 25, is free and open to any business wanting to learn more and protect themselves against cyber crime.
Det Supt Jason Hudson, head of operations at Titan, said: ““We recognise there is a growing threat from cyber attacks in the UK so the aim is to raise awareness of the threat within the business community and ensure that they are protecting themselves properly.
“The damage a cyber attack could have on a company could be catastrophic to its owners and employees, with huge financial losses incurred as well as significant disruption to day to day operations. The majority of attacks can actually be prevented but knowledge is power and more needs to be done to educate the public about this issue.
“As well as helping businesses here in the North West protect themselves, we want to ensure that information about current cyber attacks is shared across the business community for the benefit of all.”
Police officers from the National Crime Agency’s cyber crime unit and the Cyber Emergency Response Team will also describe the scale of the threat on a national level.
A live hacking demonstration will highlight areas that businesses can smarten up on.
Attendance at the conference can be booked at www.cybersecurityeventnorthwest.eventbrite.co.uk