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Cyber-crime in a digital world

Export New Zealand Hawke’s Bay
Media Statement
Friday 28th October 2016
Cyber-crime in a digital world – take two hours to learn how to protect your business

Cyber-attacks cost New Zealanders $257 million each year*. To help reduce this figure, ExportNZ Hawke’s Bay is holding an essential seminar to alert businesses to the threats posed by cyber-crime, how they can secure their digital assets and how they can protect their intellectual property, patents, and trademarks.

‘Protecting Your Business in the Digital Age’ is part of ExportNZ HB’s Export IQ series, and features four expert speakers: Ashwini Naidu, Financial Crime and Investigations, ASB; Kristen Ellis, Cyber Security, Marsh; Duncan Schaut, Patents Senior Associate, Baldwins IP; and Simon Greatorex, Managing Director, Integra.

ExportNZ HB Executive Director Amanda Liddle says the big issue that should be on every businesses’ mind is cyber security.

“When it comes to cyber risk, it's said that organisations fall into two categories: those who have been hacked, and those about to be. We hope this seminar will help to make business more aware of the risks and, more importantly, how to guard against hacking.

“It must be remembered that cyber loss doesn't come just from some mysterious hacker, but can equally occur because of system failures or internal mistakes, so businesses need the full picture.”

“Intellectual property, patents, and trademarks is equally important to business but can be a confusing area of law, so it’s timely to give business a broad update on the pitfalls and how to avoid them.

“It’s vital that businesses have a basic understanding of the various rights, what they can do for you, and the threat they can pose if ignored.”

The seminar will be at the Hawke’s Bay Business Hub, Napier, on Wednesday 16 November from 1-3pm. To register go to the ExportNZ HB website:

* Grant Thornton International Business Report 2016/ New Zealand’s Cyber Security Strategy 2016


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