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Cumbria Chamber of Commerce is hosting a talk by information security expert Tony Wilson to help companies in the war against hacking.
Mr Wilson, of Cumbrian based consultancy Indelible Data, will talk about the multiple threats of identity theft, credit card fraud and computer hacking during the event at Whitehaven Market Hall on March 21 at 12.30pm.
The talk aims to raise awareness of the risks to information through cyber crime, theft and natural disaster.
It will also address the level of security expected of companies by clients and the growing level of compliance that banks demand of businesses that accept chip and pin, online transactions or payments over the phone.
Speaking ahead of the event, Mr Wilson said: “Commerce relies on the ability to access data.
“Information is the lifeblood of any organisation and, in order to comply with regulations and maintain client trust, it must be kept secure at all times.
“Securing data should be a high priority to all local firms that store client information, including those within the nuclear supply chain, as any security breach would result in the loss of reputation and future trade.”
The talk will also cover many of the regulations that have come into force over recent years to counter fraud and the disclosure of personal information.
“Many traders are unaware of the implications of the Payment Card Industry (PCI) requirement and are already receiving letters from their banks stating that they must become compliant or face extra charges and potential fines,” added Mr Wilson who is based at the West Lakes Science Park.
“The problem is that these letters appear quite complicated and therefore risk being ignored.
“If a business is set up to take credit cards by any mechanism, then it needs to be compliant. It is a common misunderstanding that small firms only handling a few credit card transactions per year are exempt from these standards.”
The need for information security and awareness training for staff will also be discussed.
“Humans are the weakest link in the information security chain. Firewalls and Virus checkers are not enough to save businesses from the growing army of hackers and cyber con artists. The armour is available but companies must know how staff form part of the defence,” he said.
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Tony Wilson is an Information Security Consultant at Indelible Data (http://www.indelible-data.co.uk) based at Westlakes Science Park, Whitehaven and is a Certified Information System Security Professional and Certified ISO 27001 Lead Auditor. Contact 07773 08 05 03 or email firstname.lastname@example.org