Women and BAME individuals disproportionally affected by cybercrime

cybersecurity, cyber crime

Women and BAME individuals disproportionally affected by cybercrime, according to new research.

The ‘Demographics of Cybercrime’ report, conducted by Malwarebytes, a global leader in real-time cyberprotection, and US-based non-profit partners, Digitunity and Cybercrime Support Network, found that uncovered that certain demographic groups are disproportionally impacted by cybercrime.

The report, which polled more than 5,000 people across the United States, United Kingdom and Germany, details how consumers experience cybercrime worldwide, demonstrating cybercrime does not impact everyone equally. In fact, the report illustrates that demographics impact how often individuals are targeted, as well as their emotional response to becoming a victim.

Overall analysis of data suggests disadvantaged groups facing barriers in society feel less safe about their online experiences, are more likely to fall victim to an attack, and at times report experiencing a heavier emotional burden when responding to cyberattacks.

Depending on the type of cybercrime, certain groups report a higher likelihood of encountering threats online. For example, more women receive text messages from unknown numbers that include potentially malicious links than men – 79 per  cent compared to 73 per cent – and more Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) respondents experienced hacked social media accounts – 45 per cent compared to 40 per cent – and instances of identity theft than White people – 21 per cent compared to 15 per cent. Additionally, the survey found that the likelihood of having one’s credit card data stolen increased in line with age, with those aged 65+ more impacted than any other age group.

Speaking of the findings, Marcin Kleczynski, CEO of Malwarebytes said, “Understanding the impact that cybercrime has on vulnerable people (or populations), particularly women and minorities, across the world is critical as online access becomes essential to modern life.”

“The disparity between populations feeling safe online and the emotional impact of threats on already vulnerable communities is unacceptable.”

“The work Digitunity and Cybercrime Support Network are doing to educate and empower communities cannot be understated.”

“As an industry, we need to work together to make safe internet access available to everyone, regardless of income or their ability to pay.”

Skills City & Find your Flex offer free training to empower women and ethnic minorities in the North West to accelerate into technology careers

Skills City and Find your Flex have joined forces to empower women and ethnic minorities in the North West to accelerate into technology careers, through free training.

The tech training courses, funded by the Department of Education, are an opportunity for learners to advance their own digital knowledge and hopefully go on to become Senior Leaders of the future. There are also courses offering pure beginners a fast-track opportunity to a career in tech.

Skills City and Find Your Flex have chosen to work together, to empower those groups most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing increase in Automation in process-based jobs, by supporting them onto free training courses with a guaranteed job interview at the end.

Through this programme, they hope to help level the playing field and fast-track careers in the innovative and flourishing technology sector.

Skills City will run six Skills Bootcamp academies virtually or at HOST in Media City, fast-tracking 450 people into digital technology careers over the next 12 months.

On average, students will be able to start a new career at a qualified Junior level with starting salaries from £16-25K.

The Skills Bootcamps will commence this September and the courses will also run again in January 2022. Each course varies in length from 12-16 weeks, & are available on a full or part-time basis. All applicants must be aged 19 or over, employed or unemployed for less than 12 months and be a resident based in the North West of England.

The Skills City & Find Your Flex partnership is looking to recruit candidates to start on the September and January courses now, into the following cohorts:

AWS re/Start in Cloud Engineering, Unity Professional Artist Programme & the Raytheon Cyber Academy.

The AWS re/Start course doesn’t need any formal previous experience, whilst the Raytheon Cyber Academy requires some experience and a genuine interest in cyber security. The Unity Professional Artist programme requires a minimum level 4 graphic design or arts-based qualification or higher.

Cheney Hamilton CEO FindYourFlexSpeaking about the programme, Cheney Hamilton CEO and Founder of Find Your Flex said, “We are so excited here at Find Your Flex to be working with Skills City to help realise our ambition to help women disproportionately affected by the challenges of the past 18 months, to find a new way to re-career into an industry that is future proof.”

“We’ve seen so much devastation on jobs, especially on women over the age of 45, who have lost the ability to earn due automation across multiple industry sectors, sped up by COVID-19.”

“We’re proud to help Skills City recruit digital trainees to their amazing programmes”.

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Nominations are now open

The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way. Nominations are now open until 10 September 2021.


MSDUK Innovation Challenge

Are you an ethnic minority business or a founder with a new idea that can make the world a better place?

MSDUK Innovation Challenge

Innovative  businesses from ethnic minority backgrounds have the chance to present their big ideas in front of global brands and investors through the MSDUK Innovation Challenge 2020.

In this year’s theme, ‘Better Ideas for a Better World’, social innovation, future tech and sustainability all feature highly. The challenge aims to spotlight the best innovators across a wide range of sectors and technologies, including AI, Business Disruption, Sustainable Cities and Consumer Health.

Now in its fourth year, the Innovation Challenge was set up by MSDUK as part of its year-round programme of initiatives designed to fight underrepresentation of ethnic minorities in the global supply chain. Through this challenge, MSDUK breaks down barriers to entry for young start-ups, entrepreneurs and high-growth EMBs from all sectors by providing direct access to a range of highly influential corporate sponsors. Committed to investing in a diverse supply chain, the headline sponsor is Cummins, and other sponsors include GSK, Digital Catapult, Eaton, EY and Accenture. The prizes are cash injections for the winning idea, business scholarships, and mentoring, which will give the finalists the boost they need to develop their big ideas into successful businesses.

Describing his goal for the theme of this year’s Innovation Challenge, MSDUK Founder Mayank Shah said, “We are setting the bar for this year’s entrants very high because we believe that only through greater supplier diversity can our global partners find innovative solutions to the problems of tomorrow.”

“Like every other business entrepreneur in the 21st Century, the EMBs that succeed will be those that bring about social change through innovative ideas and technologies."

"After last year’s truly inspiring array of ideas, I am excited to see what the current crop of EMB social entrepreneurs can bring to the table.”

Full details of the challenge including an entry form can be found here: https://www.msduk.org.uk/innovation-challenge/

The deadline for entries is 29th May 2020. The ten finalists chosen by the judges will take part in a live pitching final, to be held in London on 23rd September 2020.

Hatch Fearless Female Founder featured

Female founders involved in one of the UK’s first BAME incubator programmes set to pitch their businesses


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Twenty fearless female founders of colour are on the path to launching their own businesses following a chance to develop their ideas through a trailblazing South London incubator programme.

Launched by Hatch enterprise in mid-October with the financial support of NatWest and eBay, the Female Founders Accelerator programme is one of the UK’s only small business support networks for BAME women (women in the UK who have non-white backgrounds including black, Asian or minority ethnic).

Twenty BAME female entrepreneurs participating in the programme have been selected from a variety of industries and backgrounds. They are working intensively on their businesses at Google’s dedicated learning space, Academy London. – a dedicated learning hub near Victoria station in central London, and with further backing from Google for Startups.

Hatch Enterprise is an award-winning incubator working primarily with under-represented groups of entrepreneurs.

For a number of years, it has supported ambitious female founders through a new style of programme that super-charges their businesses. Its newest programme, the Female Founders Accelerator, is based on insight gained by working with and listening to more than 100 female founders.

Research shows women-led businesses consistently outperform those led by men: the Untapped Unicorns report notes 34 per cent of male entrepreneurs have seen a business fail compared with 23 per cent of female founders, and women entrepreneurs bring in 20 per cent more revenue with 50 per cent less money invested. Although, only 20 per cent of the SMEs in the UK are led by women and 6.2 per cent of the SMEs in the UK are BAME led.

2018 Hatch Fearless Female Founder FFI launch party (4)

Hatch’s Female Founders Accelerator is committed to tackling a lack of diversity within the community of successful female founders.

The programme provides five months of intensive support including two months of workshops focussing on business growth (e.g. business modelling, marketing, financial management, public relations and more), business coaching and dedicated networking sessions; followed by three months of expert mentoring for each individual.

Hatch Enterprise Programme Manager, Bayo Adelaja, said, “Without support, nine out of 10 entrepreneurs will fail over any given three-year time period."

"For the BAME community, 19 out of 20 female founders will fail over the same time period."

"With our Female Founders (BAME) Accelerator, we want to reduce failure rates by 70 per cent, enabling at least 14 of the 20 female founders to build a sustainable business that survives beyond its third birthday.”

"This is an exciting initiative in the landscape of entrepreneurship in the UK, giving BAME female founders an opportunity to succeed, scale up and thrive."

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NatWest Managing Director of Personal Banking in London, Rachel Blackamore, said, “As the UK’s biggest and best bank for business – we help businesses to trade safely and securely in an uncertain world."

"Starting and sustaining a business can be daunting, so the business-oriented projects that we fund through the Skills & Opportunities Fund focus on building the skills, experience and resilience necessary to succeed in business in the long-term."

“It’s through initiatives like the Female Founders BAME Accelerator that we are able to support people who might not have accessed business training independently, encouraging the different ideas and ways of thinking that are essential to the sustainable economic and social development of a thriving and diverse society.”

“The feedback we receive from previous winners really brings home the impact of the Fund both on individuals and the wider community…”