The threat of cybersecurity is an ever increasing worry for businesses of all shapes and sizes, and rightly so.

Recent figures show it’s much easier for cybercriminals to target SME businesses, as well as focussing on the ‘big fish’. This explains why, in Hampshire alone, 7/10 businesses have been targeted by cybercriminals.

We can’t be having that.

We knew we had to address this ongoing threat as soon as we could, to try and prevent businesses (like yours) from being their next target. Our Cybercrime Prevention Seminar last Thursday (17th May 2018) addressed the issues we’re all facing so that together we can protect our organisations properly.


Cybercrime is a real threat to us all, so how did Advantec and Vermont Systems address the issue?

Keep the two stats below in your head (just for a minute or two). I promise this isn’t a maths question…

  • There were 37 attendees at our Cybercrime Prevention Seminar
  • Out of those 37 attendees, there were 30 companies who attended our Cybercrime Prevention Seminar

Can you guess how many emails or passwords (from the 30 companies who attended the seminar) we found on the dark web?

10? 50? 100?

Nope, nope, nope. ONE HUNDRED AND NINETY-ONE. That’s right. 191 employee emails or passwords (just from the companies that attended) are currently floating around somewhere on the dark web.

Did these companies/individuals even know they’d fallen victim to cybercrime? In short, no they did not – they were as shocked as we were!


What’s a better way to understand the threat of cybercrime than to get into the mind of a cybercriminal?

Chris Ward (Vermont Systems) began the seminar by showing us how easy it actually is to become a cybercriminal and how they manage to get hold of our personal/work emails and passwords. It’s terrifyingly easy. With just a YouTube tutorial, a few ‘Googles’ and the correct software, anyone can become a cybercriminal.


After putting ourselves in a cybercriminal’s shoes, we moved on to what we can all do to prevent an attack (or a further attack)

Here are Chris’ top tips:

  • Don’t use the same password for every site. Use a Password Manager (such as LastPass)
  • Change your passwords if you think they may have been compromised
  • If you sense something fishy, follow your instincts by informing other members of staff and by contacting Action Fraud
  • If you receive an invoice you don’t recognise, don’t click on any images, don’t open any attachments, block the user immediately, and most importantly don’t pay it
  • Protect sensitive data (GDPR)
  • Keep your software up to date and in line with your other security processes
  • Install anti-virus protection
  • Back up your data, in case the worst happens


Here’s a sample of what individuals had to say about our Cyber Security Seminar on May 17th, 2018:

Kevin – Tavcom:

“Excellent educational presentation. Highlighted the simple and advanced problems and offered solutions that can be easily adopted.”

Lorraine – Chamber of Commerce:

“The seminar was very informative. I liked the way you dealt with such a serious subject. You really brought it home and made me think.”


Jocelyn Price – Marketing Manager
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