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A workshop on how to ‘Beat the Hackers’ is set to teach businesses in Boston how to protect themselves against online threats this month.

The free event, hosted by onlincolnshire and taking place at the White Hart on Thursday, October 29, will give delegates tips and advice on how to protect their systems from malicious software and security breaches.

The event, lead by Stuart Green from SJG Digital, promises to be designed for the average business user and not ‘IT experts’ but will show businesses how vulnerable they can be.

He said: “Everything will be explained in a non-technical way, with minimal jargon and sensible advice that everyone will be able to follow.

“Hackers have the tools to expose and obtain your confidential information, so taking steps to stop them in their tracks is essential.

“This workshop will give you an idea of where to start when thinking about protecting yourself and your business.”

According to the Government’s 2015 Information Security Breaches Survey, the number of security breaches has increased and the scale and cost has nearly doubled.

A total 90 per cent of large organisations reported they had suffered an information security breach, while 74 per cent of small and medium-sized businesses reported the same

Executive Member for Economic Development at Lincolnshire County Council Coun Colin Davie said: “Thanks to the onlincolnshire project well over 100,000 homes and businesses now have access to superfast broadband.

“While this is great for improving productivity and efficiency, businesses need to be aware of the risks which are unfortunately out there.

“Protecting your interests in this way is essential, so we would urge local businesses to attend to find out more.”

The session takes place from 9.15-11am. Booking is essential. To reserve a place email onlincolnshire@lincs-chamber.co.uk or call 01522 523333.