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Posted by Christine Jackson on 25 September 2019

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A leading ‘ethical’ hacker is sharing her secrets on how to keep businesses safe following the rapid increase of cybercrime attacks on businesses.

Jenny Radcliffe, an expert in the art of social engineering or “people hacking”, which is where hackers attack companies through psychological human interactions, uses her skills to hack companies ethically and pin-point any human-based psychological weaknesses in systems that malicious hackers would be able to exploit.

Radcliffe will be presenting on Wednesday, September 25 from 5-7pm as part of Tech Week, organised by leading Midlands law firm, Wright Hassall, where she aims to give businesses an insight into how to avoid such attacks.

Her talk will look at how a company’s culture contributes to social engineering or human-based attacks on your organisation and how to prevent this.

Radcliffe argues that the cultural elements of an organisation can help shape the nature of these attacks and can be exploited by hackers for the use of cons, scams and data-theft.

She said: “I’ve seen organisations being targeted by malicious hackers all too often due to glitches in the company’s thinking and where the hackers have used the cultural and human elements of the company to exploit their systems and hack them.

“In altering this approach, businesses can make it more difficult to be exploited in this way and I work to help staff become more aware of how to prevent and avoid such attacks.

“An ethical hacker is someone who purposely targets a company’s systems to highlight how easy it is for a malicious attacker to target a business, so that systems can be put in place to prevent this from happening.

In addition to advice on tackling social engineering attacks, Tech Week aims to showcase how technology is impacting the legal and business worlds and will include topics such as artificial intelligence and legal technology, property technology, financial technology and agriculture technology.

Keynote speakers will feature experts in these sectors including Derek Southall, CEO of Hyperscale Group, Vik Tara, MD of Technology Blueprint, Simon Davis, Co-Founder of Nimbus Maps, Elizabeth Basten and Richard Marshall from Wealth Wizards and Robert Lillywhite Assistant agriculture Professor at University of Warwick with each sector session chaired by Partners at Wright Hassall.

Sarah Perry, Managing Partner at Wright Hassall said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming a range of experts to speak during Tech Week, and we’re delighted that Jenny is able to join us to discuss such an important, and worrying, threat faced by many businesses in this inter-connected world. 

“As technology continues to develop at a rapid pace, it has become an indispensable tool for most business sectors, so protecting that asset is crucial which is why Jenny’s contribution to Tech Week will be so valuable. 

“All our speakers during Tech Week are leading experts in their field and will discuss technology’s influence on various sectors from legal to financial services and real estate.”

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Christine helps clients manage risk and financial exposure in their day to day business dealings.

Christine Jackson

Christine helps clients manage risk and financial exposure in their day to day business dealings.

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