Thames Valley Police is urging small businesses to take attend a FREE event to find out about cyber crime and how to stop themselves from becoming victims. The event, which is the first of its kind to be organised by the police force, will take place on Wednesday 30 November at the Cornerstone Arts Centre, 25 Station Road, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 7NE. It is open to small businesses from across the Thames Valley with experts on-hand to talk about the risks, including the latest threats such as Mandate Fraud, CEO Fraud and Ransomware.

In addition to specialists from Thames Valley Police, there will be key experts from Get Safe Online, Lloyds Bank, Kaspersky Lab and London Digital Security Centre giving presentations and available to answer questions. Representatives from the Oxford Cyber Security Cluster will also be in attendance to run workshops involving live demonstrations, such as a 'live hack'. The event is being organised following the launch of Thames Valley Police’s #ProtectYourWorld – stay safe online campaign to raise awareness about cyber crime and encourage residents and businesses to take steps to protect themselves from becoming victims. Det Supt Nick John, Head of Specialist Operations at Thames Valley Police, said: “It is easy for business owners to be complacent about IT security, or to think they won’t fall victim to scams – however, there are businesses being affected by cyber crime on a daily basis and it is vital that this is taken seriously. “This free event is a fantastic opportunity for small businesses to find out first-hand about the threats that exist and could affect them and their business. We know those involved in running small businesses are busy, but I would encourage them to take the time to come along to this event and get this valuable advice from experts to ensure their business is protected.” Spaces for the event will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis so businesses are urged to sign up as soon as possible to reserve a free place.

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