Eddie Whittingham is a former police officer, qualified solicitor and founder of the Business Fraud Prevention Partnership, providing online security awareness training for employees to help them prevent fraud and cybercrime.
What does your business do?
The Business Fraud Prevention Partnership helps organisations prevent fraud and cyber-crime by helping them address their biggest risk – their employees. Using our award-winning online platform, organisations benefit from interactive, engaging and scenario-based security awareness training on a range of topics, including phishing emails, password management, working remotely… and many more. In addition, the BFPP also provides simulated phishing exercises to help engage with employees and ensure they maintain a heightened level of security against the ever growing threat of fraud and cyber-crime.
How has 2017 been for you?
2017 has been a really interesting year, from moving in to a larger officer space and hiring new members of staff, to being awarded “Technology Business of the Year” at the FSB Awards in Manchester. We’ve also significantly increased our client base and taken on board our first international clients. We are extremely proud to working with a range of clients from all different industries and it has been particularly rewarding to receive praise from our clients that we’re seen as an extension of their security team, actively helping them prevent becoming a victim of fraud and cyber-crime.
What was your greatest success?
Whilst being awarded “Technology Business of the Year” was a huge achievement for our team, I’m immensely proud of how we have grown as a business this year and the feedback we have received from clients has been nothing short of outstanding – so that’s a real credit to our team and a great testament to what we’re doing. Perhaps the icing on the cake has been having our training certified and accredited by GCHQ, as part of the National Cyber Security Programme – giving even more assurance to our clients.
And your greatest challenge?
As fraud and cyber-crime has been growing at an alarming rate, we’ve needed to work tirelessly to ensure we’ve kept our clients up to date and aware of emerging threats. It’s not easy trying to keep one step ahead of the fraudsters, but it’s a challenge we relish as we do our utmost to help organisations prevent fraud and cyber-crime.
What do you think 2018 will hold for you?
2018 is already shaping up to be extremely exciting. We’re due to launch our innovative training app for iOS and Android next year, which will build upon our already mobile friendly training and we’re also expecting to be busy helping organisation’s educate their employees in respect of GDPR with our interactive training, as that new legislation is just around the corner. One other thing we’re really excited about for 2018 is our schools initiative, where for each organisation we work with, we’ll work with a local school to help them educate their pupils about fraud and cybercrime – meaning we’re helping to educate the workforce of the future, as well as the present!
How will you spend Christmas and the New Year?
Over Christmas and New Year, our team will be enjoying a well deserved break as they’ve worked tirelessly to help our clients stay safe. Plenty of family time is in order… and perhaps even a glass of something nice by the fire.
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