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30th Jun 2022 / 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Be Savvy. Be Safe. Essentials for online protection

Gorse Stacks House, George Street, Chester, CH1 3EQ

Free (Members)

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By: HM Legal

Do you know the difference between phishing and vishing? How safe is your business online? What about protecting children and young adults?

About this event

Navigating the internet is one thing, but keeping safe is another level. Being online has given us many benefits like learning, and expanding connections.

But not everyone has the best interests in mind when reaching out to others. Spammers and scammers are busy phishing, vishing and worse – and now, more than ever, we all need to be one step ahead to stay safe.

This free event is for you if you want to protect your business online, and parents and carers who want to take steps to protect those they are responsible for.

Spaces are limited so please reserve your place early.

The event will cover:

  1. Tips for business owners and managers

Being present online is essential for business success today. How protected are you? This event is for you if you cannot answer with certainty that you could not be hacked or held to ransom. Learn tips for preventing, protecting and reacting to online threats.

Guest speaker: Darren Kewley

“I’m a Technical Director and Lead Security Assessor at Protos Networks, network and cyber security services provider based in Chester. I have over 15 years’ experience in network security, and I am a lead assessor for the government-backed Cyber Essentials scheme.

“How do you try and keep one step ahead of scammers and hackers?

“During the first part of this event, I will explore the current cyber security landscape and some of the threats and risks businesses face. I will also provide examples of what to look out for, and how businesses can be exploited – from spamming to being held to ransom.

Also, I will be providing guidance on steps and best practices you can take to keep your organisation safe.”

2. Safeguarding for parents and carers

Children and young adults in particular can be especially vulnerable online.

Using social media to connect with friends and family is such an important thing but it can expose users to potential harm and unwanted attention. This can lead to children and young adults being taken advantage of – including being groomed. In the second half, learn what to look out for.

Guest speaker: Hannah Munnelly

“I’ve been a police officer for 17 years as a Detective in the Online Child Abuse Investigation Team and Youth Engagement Co-ordinator, delivering safety messages, safeguarding vulnerable children.

“There are many benefits for young people when using social media, including staying connected with friends and family, enabling innovative ways of learning and expressing themselves.

“And unfortunately there are risks with children being online.

“They may be exposed to unwanted or sexually explicit content, bullying or radicalisation. Sadly they can be more accessible and contactable through private messaging. This can increase the risk of being groomed as their posts may expose personal information. Have you ever thought about how people with ill intent may use this information to exploit others?

“You can take steps to reduce the risk. I will be covering how to add security and privacy settings on devices, and knowing exactly what to look out for.”