With the Coronavirus pandemic changing the way business and individuals alike now work, the importance of cyber security has never been greater.

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Skills Hub recognises that the future of work will see staff mixing time in the office alongside that at home, with this presenting a prime opportunity for cyber criminals who recognise the security protections that office systems once afforded may no longer be there.

On Thursday September 30, the Skills Hub will join forces with Devon and Cornwall Police’s Cyber Protect Unit for a session to focus on online security.

Grahame Mace and Laura Cowie will lead the event, both of whom are passionate about protecting both businesses and individuals from cyber-attacks.

They will present an engaging session providing advice and guidance that can be easily implemented to protect both businesses and individuals from malicious threats.

In addition, they will discuss the questions that people should be asking now – and not when an attack is occurring – guiding attendees through the cyber essentials to ensure they are prepared for an attack and have the adequate preventative measures in place.

Mace said: “It would be hard to imagine life without access to the online world. From online banking and shopping, to email and social media, it’s now so important to take steps that can prevent cyber criminals from obtaining access to our online lives for their own personal gain.”

Skills Hub project manager, Bethany Allen, said that cyber security should be high on the agenda of businesses across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

“It would be easy to lull yourself into a false sense of security, thinking that a cyber-attack won’t be something to happen to your business. However, with remote working now here to stay, businesses must take the time to review whether their new working practices are indeed suitable,” she said.

To book your place or for further event information please visit www.ciosskillshub.com, or you can call the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Skills Hub on 01209 708 660.

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Skills Hub is part funded by the European Social Fund and is match funded by Cornwall Council and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership.


  1. A necessary topic for the current situation. Cyber security is not only important to organizations but also to students. The more worrying breaches are where student safety is compromised. Educational institutions are entrusted to safeguard their students, many of whom are minors, but a weak cyber security infrastructure can put them at risk. So, will it be helpful to educate children at initial stages about cyber security?

    Thank you
    – A student at EC Council University

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