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Cyber-security training offered gratis for minority-owned Midlands businesses

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Eight events in cyber-security training for minority-owned businesses in the Midlands region of the UK are being offered free of charge by Cyber Management Alliance Ltd (CM-Alliance), a cyber-security consultancy, as part of a programme supported by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).

Businesses will be able to attend the sessions during March and April 2022 at locations across the Midlands: Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Coventry, Derby, Leicester and Nottingham. The region previously hosted the launch, in Birmingham, of the UK Government’s National Cyber Strategy' in December 2021.

Attendees of the National Cyber-Security Council (NCSC) certified training course in Cybersecurity & Privacy Essentials (CSPE) will have the opportunity to learn:

  • how to protect their business from cyber criminals and ransomware attacks
  • what are 'Cyber Essentials' and why it's important and relevant for every business in the UK
  • how to ensure they don’t get fined by the privacy regulator.

Each training session will be followed by a Q&A exchange with the cyber-security expert, with responses conducted in English, Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi.

Amar Singh, CEO of CM-Alliance, said: “Cyber criminals are making millions of pounds from attacking small businesses who don’t always have the technical expertise to protect themselves from advanced attackers. We care deeply about enabling organisations to make themselves more resilient against cyber crimes and are therefore thrilled to have received government support for furthering our mission.”

Bal Rai, managing director, CM-Alliance, added: “As a minority-owned business ourselves, we are pleased to have this opportunity to train and empower others like us in bolstering their cyber resilience capabilities and protecting themselves from cyber-attacks and ransomware attacks.”

Founded in 2015 and headquartered in London, Cyber Management Alliance has been helping to build widespread cyber resilience across the UK, training organisations such as the NHS, police forces, and local councils. Its stated mission is to empower small businesses to build cyber-security capabilities, so that they can better protect themselves against cyber intruders and respond to business impacting cyber-attacks.

The company has already created cyber-security training courses on key topics, such as 'Cyber Incident Planning & Response' and 'Building and Optimising Incident Response Playbooks', certified by the NCSC.

The dates and cities for the free training sessions are:

  • 14 March: Wolverhampton
  • 15 March: Birmingham
  • 16 March: Leicester
  • 17 March: Coventry/Warwick
  • 31 March: Hayes, London
  • 4 April: Birmingham
  • 26 April: Derby
  • 27 April: Nottingham

Further information about these cyber-security sessions is available online.

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