BUSINESSES are facing new and constantly evolving threats when it comes to cyber crime, IT consultants have said.
Cloudwize Technologies director Jo Byrnes said Tamworth businesses couldn't afford to put their head in the sand when it came cyber threats.
The only way to fully secure a business [against] exposure is to pull the plug on the internet - and we can't operate that way.Jo Byrnes
She said regional businesses were just as much a target as metro operators.
Ms Byrnes will present a workshop at the chamber's upcoming regional business summit to help people get wise to the scams out there.
"The only way to fully secure a business [against] exposure is to pull the plug on the internet - and we can't operate that way," she said.
While layers of digital protection could be wrapped around businesses, Ms Byrnes said user awareness was the best shield.
"It is lessons around what not to click on and what to be sceptical about," she said.
"The standard of those sorts of scam is quite high, and the consequences of not protecting [your business] are significant."
The Tamworth Regional Business Summit - running from March 17 to 19 - has a focus on resilience in a "uncertain time".
Business chamber president Jye Segboer encouraged all business owners and operators to attend.
"Our aim for the 2020 summit is to deliver real solutions to real problems for real people." Mr Segboer said.