New figures from Action Fraud reveal the average cost per cybercrime in Gloucestershire was £3944.71, with around 78 incidents reported there each month between March 2015 and March 2016.
Gloucestershire Constabulary’s Safer Cyber Coordinator, Ian Maxted is warning that this only represents around 20% of cybercrime that is committed.
“Research suggests that around 80% of cyber crimes that are being committed still aren’t being reported. It means we don’t have a true understanding of the type of crime happening in Gloucestershire and businesses are also leaving themselves exposed.”
“We are running a series of workshops at the Gloucestershire Business Show to help local companies really understand the threat from cyber-attacks and we will also be on hand to offer advice and support.”
To raise awareness of the issue and to assist SMEs with tackling the threat PGI is holding a series of Cybersecurity workshops throughout the two-day long business show.
The aim of the partnership is to help SMEs explore the impacts of cybercrime upon business and how it can harm a business’s reputations and finances. PGI’s cyber experts will hold 4 sessions throughout the two days to inform and educate attendees on the best ways to protect their business’s and enhance their understanding of the cyber threat.
No matter how small a business is, all are at risk unless they follow basic cyber hygiene principles. All businesses need to play their part in countering the cybersecurity threat.
The show is being held at Cheltenham Racecourse, the Centaur, Cheltenham. If you’re in the area and interested in the issue of cybersecurity come and see us at stand Gc5 & Gc6.