Free data protection and cyber security event for local businesses in Airedale and Craven


Craven District Council and DigiCatYorks are running a free information session on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and cyber security basics on December 4 at The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa, Bolton Abbey, near Skipton.

With just over six months until the new GDPR comes into force, there are key areas businesses need to focus on to ensure they will be compliant.

This event will provide businesses with clear and practical guidance on what GDPR means for them and how to prepare for the Regulation taking effect on May 25, 2018.

Confirmed to speak on this topic is Emma Roe, Partner and Head of Commercial and Intellectual Property at Shulman’s Solicitor’s in Leeds, who said: “Getting an understanding of these changes on data protection as early as possible is a key factor in ensuring your business is ready to start its journey towards compliance in time for the new law coming into effect next year.”

Martin Law, Founder at AgilityIS will also be providing some useful insights and guidance on how businesses can best protect themselves from cyber threats.

According to a report published by Juniper Research, almost three-quarters (74 per cent) of UK SMEs think they’re safe from cyber-attack, despite half of them admitting having suffered a data breach.

The research found that 86 per cent of small and medium sized businesses surveyed think they are doing enough to counter the effects of cyber security attacks despite 50 per cent reporting a data breach, two-thirds in the last year.

Mark Delves, Growth Manager at Craven District Council said: “We’re excited to be partnering with DigiCatYorks to host this breakfast event where businesses can learn about the latest legislation. Working with DigiCatYorks allows us to share networks and provide a practical information session that will be great for small and medium sized businesses.”

Following the speakers there will be a panel session giving SMEs the opportunity to share experiences and ask questions.

Topic areas expected to be covered during the event include:

  • GDPR – An overview and how the regulation will impact businesses
  • Threats and solutions, in particular cyber threats associated with becoming increasingly internet enabled through IoT devices.
  • Risks across supply chain
  • Cybercrime and financial impact
  • Threats and impact on critical business processes

Janine Hamilton from DigiCatYorks said: “Over the last few years, SMEs have become a target for cyber-attacks and are often sadly unprepared, so it makes it easier for the fraudsters and hackers.

“This makes the day we are hosting with Craven District Council’s Growth Service important – we need to provide clear, straightforward guidance on GDPR and cyber security and make it accessible to all.”

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