East Yorkshire businesses join forces to tackle cyber crime

Published: Friday 3rd June 2016 by HEY Today editor

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East Yorkshire businesses are joining forces to tackle cyber criminals by setting up a new group this month.

A Hull business is urging other companies to join up after they thwarted a £750,000 scam.

The Humber Business Resilience Forum aims to be a one-stop-shop for companies offering advice on how to protect themselves.

Rory Clarke is from Hull-based J R Rix and Sons who recently foiled a scam which could have lost them £750,000.

He said: “We were getting virus emails at the rate of two or three hundred per minute and some of these contained viruses that were not being picked by our virus protection software. So we ended up actually having to quarantine all emails coming in which is really frustrating, but better than losing access to our systems.

“To protect our business, to protect our customers, to protect the people who work here, we have to take cyber security seriously. What would it look like to our business if we all of a sudden we lost all of our information or our reputation was severely damaged by money being taken out of our bank accounts or funds being taken from our customers?

“Lots of people don’t think it’s going to happen to them but the reality is, at some point, most of us will become a victim to cyber crime and hopefully people will take this opportunity to engage with, what I think will be, a great resource in the area.”

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Published: Friday 3rd June 2016 by HEY Today editor

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