Cyber security training “implemented blindly” by managers will leave businesses open to hacking attacks, an expert panellist at an upcoming Insider event has warned.

Mark Lomas, IT consultant at Icomm Technologies in Birmingham, said ensuring employees were fully up to speed on protecting data and IT systems was more important than ever.

A recent report by PwC found six in ten companies had fallen victim to cybercrime via staff; either through inadvertent or deliberate action.

However, Lomas said security policies should not be communicated to staff via diktats, but should instead be made more relevant to employees’ lives.

“Simply dictating policies to employees and threatening discipline for transgressions can often simply drive such activities underground,” he added.

“Explaining to someone how to protect their online banking information so that they don’t get hacked will get their interest. Giving them the lowdown on how to protect their children from online stalkers is a better way to promote online privacy than any finger-wagging lecture.”

Lomas is one of five panellists taking part in the East Midlands Cybercrime Breakfast on 3 August 2016 at Mercure Leicester The Grand Hotel, which aims to help businesses protect themselves from cyber-attacks.

The event will focus on the types of threats faced by SMEs and what to do if your company’s security is compromised.

The other panellists are Det Sgt Carole Walton of East Midlands Police Cyber Crime Unit; Del Heppenstall, Midlands cyber security lead at KPMG; Julian Turner, associate director at Geldards and Sean Price, director of software development at RDS Group.

For more information on the event click here, or contact Lauren Ainsworth on 0161 907 9735.


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