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Preventing Financial Cyber Crime in the public sector: Key Strategies and Best Practice

Date: 12th June 2024
Venue: “Virtual” platform delivery

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Course Overview

This one-day course is tailored for public sector officials providing them with an in depth exploration of increasing cybercrime challenges. Focusing on practical strategies for cybersecurity, it condenses insights from significant incidents into actionable knowledge. Participants will learn from real-world examples and expert guidance to enhance their cyber resilience, ensuring they're equipped with the necessary tools to protect their organisations effectively..

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course the delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the definition and types of white collar crime, and be able to identify common examples.
  • Examine how AI will likely result in an increase of cyber attacks in the short term, but will also present opportunities for cyber resilience in the longer term.
  • Recognise the characteristics and motivations of white collar criminals, and understand the impact of their actions on victims and society.
  • Appreciate the scope and scale of white collar crime, including the economic and social costs.
  • Develop an understanding of the concept of cybercrime and be able to identify different types of cybercrime.
  • Analyse real-world case studies of cybercrime in the context of cryptocurrencies, money laundering, terrorism financing, and tax evasion.
  • Understand the latest techniques and technologies used by criminals in financial cybercrime, and be able to implement best practices for preventing and responding to financial cybercrime.
  • Be able to apply the knowledge gained in the course to identify and mitigate risks of financial cybercrime in their own organisations.


Part 1: Understanding Cyber Threats

  • Introduction to Cybercrime: Overview of what cybercrime is and its relevance to the public sector.
  • Common Types of Cyber Threats: Briefly describe phishing, malware, and ransomware, focusing on how they can affect local authorities.
  • Impact of AI: Understand how AI will increase the volume and heighten the impact of cyber attacks over the next few years.
  • Real-World Impact: Share case studies of recent cyber attacks on local councils to illustrate potential risks.

Part 2: Building Cyber Resilience

  • Cyber Hygiene Basics: Simple steps for improving individual and organisational cybersecurity practices.
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity Tools: Overview of non-technical tools and solutions that can help protect against common cyber threats.
  • Creating a Culture of Awareness: Importance of regular training and awareness programs for all staff members.

Part 3: Responding to Cyber Incidents

  • Initial Response Steps: What to do in the immediate aftermath of detecting a cyber incident.
  • Communication Strategies: How to communicate internally and externally during a cyber incident, maintaining transparency and trust.
  • How AI can build resilience: Look at how AI can build resilience and increase capacity when it comes to protecting systems from attack.
  • Recovery and Post-Incident Analysis: Basic guide on how to recover from an attack and learn from the incident to prevent future occurrences.

Who Should Attend

  • Local Authority and Public Sector Officials: Especially those involved in governance, risk, and compliance, tasked with strengthening their organisation`s defences against digital threats.
  • Non-Technical Staff in Public Services: Including those in roles that might not traditionally focus on IT, but who are essential in maintaining the security posture of their organisations through vigilance and adherence to security policies.
  • Community Safety and Law Enforcement Personnel: Staff who are on the frontline of responding to cyber-related crimes within their communities and need to understand the digital landscape to effectively protect and serve.
  • Financial and Administrative Staff in Local Government: Individuals responsible for managing sensitive information, who require awareness of how cybercriminals target financial systems and the best practices for preventing such breaches.
  • Regulatory and Compliance Officers: Those tasked with ensuring their local councils or public sector bodies meet the required standards for cybersecurity and data protection, staying updated with the latest legal and regulatory changes.
  • Elected Officials and Policy Makers: Leaders who make strategic decisions affecting the security and resilience of public sector operations, needing insights into cybersecurity to inform policy and investments.
  • IT Support Staff and Managers in Public Services: While not primarily security roles, these professionals need an understanding of cyber risks and preventive measures as they implement and manage the IT infrastructure.


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