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Campaign to improve cyber resilience

Published Monday 15 May 2017

A week-long business continuity awareness campaign launches Monday 15 May to encourage UK businesses to maximise their cyber resilience.

As part of the campaign, LLR Prepared (Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland’s Local Resilience Forum) is hosting a business briefing event with the East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire) and Loughborough University.

The event is designed to help businesses prepare for a cyber-attack in a time where as much as half of all UK businesses have been targeted by cyber criminals.

The programme will include an overview of the cyber threat and practical guidance based on real life case studies.

You can take these three easy steps to make your business safer:

  • Create a business continuity plan and put it to the test
  • Ensure your staff know what to do in the case of an emergency
  • Ensure your computer systems and important files are backed up

The awareness-raising week is backed by Leicestershire Police. Leicestershire Police’s Chief Constable, Simon Cole Chair of LLR Prepared, said: “Last week’s events remind us how important it is that all businesses - big or small - are ready to ensure continuity for their business. This might be about being able to deal with the consequences of fire, or floods, but it could be about IT failures or cyber attacks as we have seen recently.

“Ensuring businesses are cyber resilient often requires small changes to continuity plans that can massively impact the speed at which they can recover. There is lots of practical advice, and easy to use tool kits, at https://www.llrprepared.org.uk/

“I look forward to attending the BCAW event at Loughborough University and believe the success of the LLR Prepared in preparing our communities for emergencies is evident in their recent nomination for Loughborough University’s Enterprise Awards.”

Businesses and partner agencies can also find out more about the campaign by using #BCAW17 on social media and #EMCyberSafe .

The week-long drive is run by LLR Prepared – the Local Resilience Forum - alongside Nottinghamshire LRF, Derbyshire Prepared and the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce. To find out more, please visit www.llrprepared.org.uk