Business experts will be coming to Kendal to raise awareness about what firms can do to protect themselves from cyber attacks.

The free event aims to educate businesses in Cumbria about practical steps to protect themselves from the increasing sophistication of cyber criminals.

Jointly hosted by Cumbria’s police commissioner Peter McCall, Cumbria Constabulary, the county’s Chamber of Commerce and Get Safe Online, the event will take place on March 29 at the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal.

Mr McCall said: “We are bringing leading experts to support local organisations, as we know how much they and their customers rely on the internet.

"This can be from doing business banking, to running their entire commercial operation online.

“This free event is open to all, and I would particularly urge the business community to consider if they are protected sufficiently.

"It is too late when a crime has been committed, but by taking a few simple steps highlighted by our team of industry leaders you can help to safeguard your own business for the future.”

Detective Inspector, Crime Command Ian Harwood said: “Cybercrime is a growing global trend which affects us all right here in Cumbria. Our constabulary is making significant investment in resources and equipment to face this challenge.

“Don’t become a cybercrime victim. Following simple security advice can make all the difference. Please come along and meet members of our cybercrime team.”

Rob Johnston, chief executive of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, added: “Online fraud is a major issue for businesses.

"A recent survey by the British Chambers of Commerce found that one in five businesses were affected by cybercrime in the previous year.

"That’s why we’re keen to promote this event, to ensure that Cumbrian businesses have the tools and techniques they need to protect themselves and protect their customers.”

For more information, call 07841 743066.