How to protect you and your business from fraud


How to protect you and your business from fraud


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Your CIMA North East England Area invites you to join this virtual event where members of the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU) will share top tips on how to protect you and your business from fraud, and where Lloyds Bank will advise you of resources which they have to help protect your business.

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Programme outline

Discover how fraud can affect your business and what you can do about it; simple steps you can take to help you spot when a fraudster is targeting your business.

Detective Sergeant Patrick O'Keefe of NERSOU’s Regional Economic Crime Coordination Centre (RECCC), and Jonathan Green, Regional Cyber Protect and Prepare Officer at NERSOU, will discuss what cyber threats are currently being seen, also new services they can offer including the police cyber alarm and domain monitoring. They will give an overview of the new RECCC team and discuss what the team is trying to achieve to help local businesses. Their time and advice is FREE, and they are here to help.

In addition, Sonya Atkins, Area Director SME for Sunderland, Durham and Tees Valley at the Lloyds Banking Group, will give a summary of some additional resources the Bank has available to help protect businesses from the most common types of fraud that are currently being seen.

The learning outcomes from this presentation include an:

  • Understanding of the current types of cyber threats.
  • Awareness of these two teams – cybercrime and economic crime, helping reduce the chances of victims.
  • Introduction to the services on offer to help protect you and your business.

Who will benefit ?

Those of you with responsibility for cyber and economic risks, also those in all sectors and roles who have an interest in protecting themselves and their organisations.

Speakers' details:

Detective Sergeant Patrick O'Keefe joined Northumbria Police in 2004, and after 11 years’ service, he joined the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU) as a Police Detective on the Bombay Team.
He was then promoted to Detective Sergeant and took on the role of Regional Development Officer – Fraud, before moving to his current role at the Regional Economic Crime Coordination Centre (RECCC), both within NERSOU for Northumbria Police.

Patrick is a graduate of Leeds Metropolitan University and, holds almost seven years’ experience in dealing with fraud.

A graduate of the University of Sunderland with a Bachelor of Science in computer science, also a Master of Science in cyber security, Jonathan Green started his career with the Littlewoods Group as a senior management information analyst before joining Auxillis as a data analyst. He joined NERSOU in 2009 as an intelligence analyst, and after eight years took on the role of Regional Cyber Protect and Prepare Officer.

Jonathan is a member of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and is certified with IT Governance Ltd in ISO 27001 ISMS Foundation, also IBITGQ Incident Response Management.

Having graduated from the University of Sunderland in business management, Sonya Atkins' career began in the hospitality industry, before making a move to the financial services sector in 2004 when she joined Lloyds Banking Group. In her 17-year career with the Group, she has held various roles including relationship manager, regional performance manager, national mid-corp manager and currently, is the area director SME for Sunderland, Durham and Tees Valley. Sonya leads a team of nine relationship managers, looking after businesses up to £25m turnover, supporting local businesses and helping Britain prosper.

Sonya is skilled in portfolio management, financial risk, business relationship management, business planning, and risk management.