Business owners in Horncastle are being invited to free masterclasses to help them understand how to protect their IT systems from harmful cyber and internet security threats.
According to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the number of security breaches has decreased from last year but the scale and cost has almost doubled.
The free masterclasses, hosted by Lincolnshire County Council’s onlincolnshire project, will explain how viruses, malware and hackers can impact on business activities, the benefits of using cloud computing, and how to plan for disasters.
The half-day session will be held on October 1 and will run from 2pm until 5pm at the Horncastle Technology Hub at Mortons Media Group.
Councillor Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economic Development at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “With the number of internet security breaches affecting businesses in the UK rising, it is critical that onlincolnshire provide this type of business support to help companies avoid threats and the risk of spending a lot of time and money fixing attacks.
“The average cost to a small business of its worst security breach is now between £65K and £115K which is money many companies can’t afford to lose and could put some out of business altogether.
“Organisations need to improve their understanding of the security threats they face so they can do more to protect themselves, and this is one way of doing that.”
This is one in a series of events being run at the Lincolnshire Technology Hubs in Boston, Louth, Mablethorpe and Horncastle.