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Sell Out Conference Today Will Tackle Scotland’s Biggest Business Menace

by Chris Fairbairn

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Mandy Haeburn-LittleScots companies face a ticking timebomb – unless they get a grip on the ever increasing use of mobile devices and make better use of security features and advice.

The warning, from the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC), is a key theme in today’s sell out national conference –Trading Securely for Business – the most comprehensive event ever to take place in Scotland to tackle the menace of cyber crime.

Hosted by the SBRC at Edinburgh’s National Museum, the conference features talks from global industry experts, examples of leading tech products along with dramatic demonstrations to highlight the battle that is being waged against all forms of e-crime.

Included in the demonstrations will be the introduction of a drone, capable of hacking mobile devices – the creation of Glenn Wilkinson of SensePost, as well as in depth talks from Norwegian expert Odd Helge Rosberg about the dangers of ‘Silent SMS’ and IMSI Catchers.

SBRC Director, Mandy Haeburn-Little believes practical advice will be of huge benefit to the audience, made up predominantly of representatives of SMEs, in particular, on how to combat the risks that increased use of smartphones, tablets and laptops can pose.

She said: “Mobile devices are now the go-to for everyone who wants to work remotely, to buy goods, to sign-up to groups or to connect with their friends and families.

“It all points to how we believe that unless businesses make better use of the fantastic advances in security features and advice, mobile devices will be the greatest threat to business resilience over the next five years.

“It is incredibly easy for an individual or business to fall victim to cyber crime via a mobile device through the people or staff downloading apps without thinking or not having any secure firewalls. Anyone who buys a product through a mobile device or uses it for work is also at risk of losing their personal data if they use unsecure wifi networks, particularly is they use free networks to back up data.

“It runs the risk of confidential data being stolen which could cause crippling financial or reputational costs.”

Throughout the day today, the Trading Securely for Business conference will feature live demonstrations from tech industry experts Sophos and SensePost, as well as the SBRC’s own crack team of Ethical Hackers – who routinely highlight weaknesses in business’s networks – allowing them to address and limit the risk of a criminal attack.

The event is sponsored by industry leading names; TrendMicro, NCC Group and Rosberg.

For more information on Trading Securely for Business 2016 and to download the delegate and exhibitor packs, visit: www.sbrcentre.co.uk


 

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Chris Fairbairn of Scottish public relations agency, Holyrood PR in Edinburgh

Chris Fairbairn

Chris Fairbairn is a PR account manager with award-winning public relations agency Holyrood Partnership. He is part of an expert PR team delivering PR services to a wide range of clients from headquarters in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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