Google expert tackles cyber security BUSINESS SHOWCASE SOUTH WEST 2018

G OOGLEwill deliver a free work - shop at a forthcoming business expo supported by the Bristol Post, Bath Chronicle, Western Daily Press, Stroud Life and the Gloucester Echo. The global search engine’s Digital Garage is to tackle one of the biggest concerns for businesses and organ - isations across the region when it arrives at the Business Showcase South West being held at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol on Wed - nesday, May 16. Almost half of UK firms say they’ve identified at least one cyber security breach in the past 12 months and Google’s workshop is a chance for business owners to learn lessons around digital security. Google’s Digital Garage speaker, Patrick Cutliffe, who is also present - ing a workshop on social media for PATRICK CUTLIFFE I have been made to feel very welcome as if I am one of the family and I business, said:“The best thing forme is seeing the results; the data where companies have taken my advice on board and their company has grown significantly faster than ever be - fore.” Patrick will explain the most com- mon online threats to an organisa - tion, ways to keep data safe and what to do if you’re hacked. He’ll also offer tips on how to keep staff vigilant and keeping criminals at bay. The workshop is one of two offered by Google at the seventh Business Showcase South West – a day-long business development and network - ing opportunity that has over 250 stands spaces taken by companies think this is very important for any speaker or trainer.

n Speaker Patrick Cutliffe from Google (far right) with, from left, Sarah Pullen, regional MD of Trinity Mirror, Lizzy Lillington-Lester, partner manager for Facebook Europe, Middle East and Africa and Nick Smith, chief executive of business communications company Blackstar Solutions, which is sponsoring the Showcase

from across the region. Over 5,500 attendees are expected to attend the showcase and take part in expert-led seminars and listen to successful business leaders includ - ing The Apprentice winner and chief executive of Climb Online, Mark Wright; and Amy Golding, who is the youngest female UK-appointed CEO of a £100million-turnover company. Nick Smith, chief executive of busi -

ness communications company Blackstar Solutions, which is spon - soring the event, said:“The event is a great opportunity for us to engage with local businesses and increase brand awareness. “It’s also important for us to bring the Blackstar team together and have fun on the day. Engaging with people face to face is important to us and the BSSW helps us to achieve this. By

sponsoring the event it helps keep it free for delegates and supports busi - nesses in the South West.” Patrick added: “I have been made to feel very welcome as if I am one of the family and I think this is very important for any speaker or trainer. I was blown away by the number of stands and the space and how well it was used and managed and organ - ised. Outstanding.”

Showcase organiser Jamie Breese said: “There’s something at this event for everybody on the day – from start-up warriors to experienced CEOs.” n To book free delegate tickets or for information on exhibiting at the May/Oct 2018 events, readers can vis- it www.businessshowcasesouthw- est.com.

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