Cyber attack: Plymouth businesses given lesson in self defence

24 January 2018 | Employers

The head of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre has warned that a major cyber-attack on the UK is a matter of ‘when, not if’, raising the prospect of devastating disruption to British businesses and infrastructure.

To help the region’s business community to counter this ever-evolving threat, City College has partnered with industry experts, Bluescreen IT, to offer a free workshop to business leaders and IT professionals.

Bluescreen IT (BIT), based in Plymouth, count NATO and the UK Government amongst their clients and have held Microsoft Gold Certified Partner status – the highest accreditation the global tech giant can bestow on an independent company – for the past five years. They are also the only provider in the country with GCHQ accreditation for the delivery of their security courses.

Michael Dieroff, Managing Director of BIT, said: “Our company has a proven track record of successfully delivering a range of IT and cyber-security courses to help businesses sure up their defences against the ever-changing threats from online malware. Formalising our partnership with City College at this event will enable us to support organisations in the region in training their staff to develop, manage, maintain and protect the systems and networks that are so fundamental to any modern business’ success.”

Pauline Hands, Director of Marketing, Business Engagement at City College, said: “Our partnership with BIT is evidence of our commitment to provide local organisations with access to cutting-edge training and development opportunities. Plymouth is establishing itself as a global digital hub and we want to support our local businesses to not only be at the forefront of technological developments, but to protect themselves in this digital age.”

Businesses interested in registering for the free event which is being held on Thursday 8 February, 4.30pm – 5.45pm, at Kings Road, are encouraged to contact 01752 305026 or e-mail employers@cityplym.ac.uk by Wednesday 31 January. Spaces are limited.

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