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A recent government cyber security breaches survey found that 39 per cent of UK businesses identified a cyber-attack in the last 12 months.
A cyber-attack is a malicious and deliberate attempt by an individual or organisation to breach the information system of another individual or organisation.
Tackling cybercrime is a priority for Essex Police. We understand that cybercrime and fraud can lead to loss of money as well as the theft of personal, financial and medical information. We know that becoming a victim of these crimes can damage a business's reputation and safety.
We also understand that businesses may be reluctant to discuss fraud and cyber security concerns publicly or share experiences, for fear of damaging the business's reputation or customer confidence.
Our Business Crime Team are here to support our local business community and help prevent businesses becoming victims of crime such as fraud and cybercrime. We have information available on our website, which offers advice on what to look out for, as well as practical tips for protecting businesses, staff and customers against fraud and cybercrime.
Launched in 2022, Our Business Crime Team now offer free fraud and cybercrime clinics specifically for the business community.
These clinics are held either online or in person depending on business needs and are hosted by a Business Crime Team police officer and our specialist cyber protect officer.
The sessions cover topical and real-life issues faced by businesses, and offer practical tips on how to keep businesses, staff and customers safe from fraud and cybercrime.
The team discuss emerging trends in fraud and cybercrime and share advice as well as the signs to look out for.
There are opportunities to ask questions specific to your businesses type or location. Attendees can also submit any questions ahead of the session, to make sure it gets answered, or if required, tailor the session to a specific topic, fraud or cybercrime type.
Clinics can be delivered to multiple businesses at the same time, or where required, sessions can be tailored to multiple people from the same business.
The Fraud and Cyber Clinics are free to attend. For more information or to register your interest, please click the button below.