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Firms unite to fight cyber crime

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Several IT firms in the West Midlands are leading the fight against hackers with the help of a computer game.

Serious Games in Coventry have teamed up with a cyber security specialist and a team of organisational psychologists from Aston University in Birmingham, to create software they hope will be used alongside business training.

Cyber crime is estimated to cost UK businesses thousands of pounds a day and is now ranked as one of the top four threats to national security, higher than a nuclear attack.

Tim Luft, managing director of Serious Games, and Michael Loginov, director at Information Systems Security Association, said using a game made the subject more interactive and helped people to understand the dangers of cyber crime.

Individuals can also be an easy target for hackers, but IT expert Dale Pearson, founder of Subliminal Hacking, created a virtual computer and recorded what the hackers did to his system before putting it on the internet as a warning to others.

Meanwhile the Malvern Cyber Security Cluster, a group of more than 45 small companies, has one common aim - to stop the cyber criminals.

To find out how you can insure the online aspects of your business should you fall victim to cyber crime, contact Geoff Stanbridge on 01903 520200 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .




Adapted from article on BBC news website 29th December 2013

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