The dangers of online attacks, which could cost small business owners up to £115K, are being highlighted during a two-week awareness campaign organised by onlincolnshire.
According to the Department for Business and Innovation and Skills, during 2014 60% of small businesses have suffered a security breach, with a staggering 81% of large businesses incurring the same problem.
To combat this, onlincolnshire is running a series of workshops across the county - including one in Horncastle - to show businesses how they can protect their IT systems and data.
Councillor Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economic Development at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “The number of internet security breaches affecting businesses in the UK is rising, which is why onlincolnshire is launching this campaign.
“Organisations need to improve their understanding of the security threats they face so they can do more to protect themselves.
“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.”
Starting on 2nd December there will be four daytime seminars and two evening events in Lincoln, Horncastle, Louth, Mablethorpe, Uppingham and Gainsborough.
The free workshops will explain the devastating impact viruses, malware and hackers can have on companies, how to minimise risks and how to plan for disasters.
Led by cyber security experts, the seminars will be jargon-free and easy to understand and they are fully funded, which means they’re free to attend.
They are open to all businesses in Lincolnshire and Rutland as part of a wider project of support which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Firms who attend the sessions may also be eligible for up to 12 hours of free business advice and coaching.
*The Horncastle event will be held at the Horncastle Technolgy Hub at Mortons on December 4 from 2-5pm.
To find out more visit: http://www.onlincolnshire.org/events or to book your free place please call 0300 80 80 120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also follow @onlincolnshire on Twitter and www.facebook.com/onlincolnshire or visit the website www.onlincolnshire.org