Rix joins business resilience forum

The Humberside police force has teamed up with leading firms from across the area, including Rix Petroleum, and the Hull University Business School to form the Humber Business Resilience Forum (HBRF).

From next month businesses across the Humberside force area will have the opportunity to sign up for a new way of protecting themselves from cyber criminals.

“Cyber crime, including cyber enabled fraud, is the single biggest threat to our business today,” said Rory Clarke, managing director, Rix Petroleum, one of the first business leaders to be approached to join the HBRF board.

“It comes in many guises and is occurring with increasing frequency. As a consequence cyber security management is critically important to the way that we operate.

“Ultimately our cyber security protects our shareholders, customers, employees and suppliers from the significant risks of financial loss, business disruption and reputational damage which in turn ultimately protects employment, investment and business development in our region. Ignoring this threat to your business is like leaving the office with the alarm off and the keys in the front door.”

The HBRF – which will officially launch in June – aims to be a one-stop-shop for businesses to access the most up to date knowledge and expertise on cyber security issues and how to protect themselves, via its website and open business seminars.

“It’s believed that 90% of all cyber crime can be prevented by taking simple steps to improve security,” said DI Rich Osgerby.

“The HBRF will provide a fantastic way of helping us to educate businesses of all sizes about how they can best do this.”

“As technology changes working practices and our reliance on technological operations deepens, no organisation can afford to be casual about information security.” said Dr Dionysios Demetis from Hull University Business School.

The launch of the Humber Business Resilience Forum will take place at Hull University Business School on Wednesday 8 June, 4-6pm as part of the 2016 Humber Business Week.