Com­man­der holds one-day con­fer­ence on cy­ber fraud

Chief su­per’s brain­child to help business tackle in­ter­net threat

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alan Hayes alan.hayes@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A DED­I­CATED scout will be­come the first in his dis­trict to be hon­oured with a pres­ti­gious Queen’s Scout Award and will go on to join Her Majesty at the Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice at the Ceno­taph next week.

Ja­cob Spencer, a mem­ber of the Ruis­lip, Eastcote and North­wood Dis­trict Scouts, was given his award as part of the dis­trict’s cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions.

The first scout troop in the bor­ough was cre­ated in North­wood just days after the out­break of the First World War.

The Queen’s Scout Award is the high­est ac­co­lade a scout can be given and now the 18-year-old of Pine Gar­dens, Eastcote, has been se­lected to be a mem­ber of the Queen’s Guard at the Re­mem­brance Sun­day Ser­vice when the Queen will lay her wreath at the Ceno­taph on Sun­day, Novem­ber 9.

A framed cer­tifi­cate signed by Her Majesty the Queen was given to Ja­cob, a mu­sic stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Sur­rey, at the cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tion in a mar­quee next to the 1st North­wood Scout HQ in North­wood Way. CY­BER crim­i­nals might stalk the in­ter­net, hack­ing, phish­ing and de­fraud­ing, but help is at hand thanks to a new ini­tia­tive be­ing tri­alled in Hilling­don.

The brain­child of bor­ough com­man­der, Chief Su­u­per­in­ten­dent Nick Down­ing, it aims to give small and medium-sized en­ter­prises (SMEs) an evolv­ing pro­gramme of ad­vice and support to help them fend off crim­i­nals who might put their very ex­is­tence at risk.

“If you have a small business hacked, that can ef­fec­tively put them out of business,” said Mr Down­ing, whose polic­ing back­ground is in fi­nan­cial crime fight­ing, and who in his pre­vi­ous role took the lead against ticket fraud at the 2012 London Olympics.

“One of the big­gest threats to com­pa­nies and business is cy­ber crime, fraud and that kind of thing,” he said.

He has teamed up with Hilling­don Cham­ber of Com­merce, Hilling­don Coun­cil and not-for-profit Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Chal­lenge UK, which works to im­prove com­puter se­cu­rity.

To­gether they will of­fer a one-day con­fer­ence on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 13, free of charge and timed to be ‘business friendly’ – 6-9pm. The con­fer­ence, at Hilling­don Civic Cen­tre in Uxbridge High Street, will bring to­gether ex­perts who will ex­plain the scale of the threat of cy­ber crime to busi­nesses, the types of threat and ways to recog­nise and pro­tect against them.

If it is a suc­cess, it will be­come a per­ma­nent fix­ture, said Mr Down­ing, and tai­lored to the needs of users.

“I will look to run this event reg­u­larly around things that business will dic­tate to me. It’s re­ally about un­der­stand­ing what the threat is and how to pro­tect your­self.”

The con­fer­ence is open to all busi­nesses. To reg­is­ter for the con­fer­ence, or to en­quire about ad­vice even if you can­not at­tend, email XHMail­box.part­ner ship@met.po­lice.uk.

One of the

big­gest threats to business is cy­ber crime. It is about know­ing what the threat is and how to

pro­tect your­self”

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