September 17, 2008
Anti-Cybercrime Firm Finds Growing Demand for Beating Hackers
By DAVID JONES
HIGH profile security blunders in which electronically-stored data has been lost by the government and banks have boosted demand for the services of a North Wales company.
Advanced Information Systems Ltd (AIS), based in the Foundry Business Centre, Yorke Street, Wrexham, helps private and public sector clients in North Wales and North West of England use ICT to protect against cyber crime.
AIS' Simon Koscinski said: "The current economic climate is making things difficult for business owners, but we are finding that our services are very much in demand.
"We put this down to the increasing number of high profile security blunders by the government and some high street banks fuelling an awareness of just how important security has become.
"In addition, we are seeing a fundamental change in strategy within the hacking community, who seek to profit from businesses that do not take the necessary steps to protect themselves. Hackers are now moving away from writing destructive viruses and instead are focusing on developing code which secretly acquires personal data, which they can then use in a number of different ways for monetary gain."
Coun Bob Dutton, deputy leader of Wrexham County Borough Council, visited the company's premises to mark AIS' first anniversary.
He said: "It was pleasing to see the rapid development of this young and dynamic company from a standing start 12 months ago. I am sure that the company, with its young and committed group of professionals, will continue to build on its undoubted strengths."
AIS is organising a security event for businesses at Ramada Plaza Hotel, Wrexham, on October 24. Details: www.advancedis.co.uk/ events.
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