Global transportation technology company, Uber, announced yesterday that the personal information of its drivers and many of its users had been hacked, releasing the private information of over 57 million individuals to the attackers. In the UK, nearly half of businesses reported a cyber breach or attack in the past 12 months. Organisations must be prepared to fend off external attacks from hackers, hacktivists and professional criminals.
These attacks may be as simple as denying access to a company’s website but may also go further and breach their stored data. The repercussions for companies can be devastating in loosing confidential, proprietary and customer information as well as in public trust and corporate image.
In significant changes being enforced in less than six months, Europe’s data protection rules will undergo their biggest changes in two decades. Since they were created in the 90s, the amount of digital information we create, capture, and store has vastly increased. Simply put, the old regime is no longer fit for purpose.
The solution is the mutually agreed European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will come into force on 25 May 2018. It will change how businesses and public sector organisations can handle the information of customers.
PKF Francis Clark are hosting two Breakfast Briefings where attendees will receive up-to-date information relating to the current threats that all businesses face from cyber criminals. As well as our own Head of Cyber Security Services, Richard Wilding, you will hear from a specialist insurer and a representative from the Police. With the new GDPR regulations, moving closer we will also have an expert available to demonstrate how you can achieve compliance.
The events run from 9am – 11am on Tuesday 5 December at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium, and on Wednesday 6 December at Exeter Racecourse. The speakers include:
Jake Moore, Dorset Police (speaker for Bournemouth event)
Laura Cowie, Devon & Cornwall Police (speaker for Exeter event)
GDPR, Ben Travers, Stephens Scown Solicitors
GDPR Compliance, Mike Saville, Gydeline
Insurance aspects of cyber fraud, Jonathan Cox, Pavey Group
Cyber-attack prevention and accreditation audit, Richard Wilding, PKF Francis Clark.
Glenn Nicol, Corporate Partner said:
“Cyber criminals are after a company’s money, data and intellectual property. If you haven’t taken steps to protect yourself, take action now. It’s easy to get good protection in place and these breakfast briefings are designed to help. Cyber criminals don’t just attack banks and large companies – they target any organisation which isn’t properly protected, even small businesses.
“Any businesses or organisations that need help and guidance should attend the events if they can, or contact us and we will be happy to advise and guide you.”
There is no charge to attend any of these events and you can book online at www.pkf-francisclark.co.uk/events. RSVP by Monday 27 November 2017.