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Posted on: January 11th 2017
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Exeter businesses are invited to be part of the South West’s first ‘Cyber Security Awareness Week’, which is coming to Exeter next month.


A group of Exeter and national businesses have banded together to raise awareness of cyber attacks and provide practical tips on how to tackle the UK’s fastest rising crime.


Cyber Security Awareness Week (Feb 6 – 10) will feature a series of workshops, talks and one-to-one sessions in venues around the city.  Among the demonstrations will be a ‘live’ ransomware attack, showing just how quickly it can happen along with steps to recover data.  There will be education sessions on a whole range of technical solutions, plus advice on insurance, banking, Intellectual Property and PR recovery, all tailored to the needs of the business community. 


Leading the event are Exeter-based Bluegrass Group, who have been at the forefront of spreading awareness of the growing threat to businesses.  Bluegrass chairman David Thomas said despite regular news stories about hacking, he has been shocked by the ‘head in the sand’ attitude of many leaders and senior managers.


The emphasis of Cyber Security Awareness Week will be focused on protection and prevention.


Events will include breakfast briefings every morning with speakers from Bluegrass, disaster recovery experts Datto and specialist business insurers Northcott Beaton.  A programme of seminars will include expert speakers from the South West Cyber Crime Unit, Microsoft, Stephens Scown, Lloyds Bank, Datto, Bluegrass Group and ESET.  Companies will also be able to book one-to-one advice sessions with an IT cyber expert.


All sessions will be free to attend and every delegate will be offered one TB of free secure cloud storage.


To find out more and book your place please visit or email

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