On Tuesday 27th November 2018 we held our second Cyber Security and Information Protection Cluster (CSIPC) event at another location in the Tees Valley, Wynyard Business Park.
Hosted and supported by Wynyard-based IT, telecoms and cyber security company Communicate Technology PLC, and co-supported by Network Access Control software developer, macmon secure, we welcomed over 30 guests to hear from our speakers about the importance of protecting themselves and their businesses from cyber-attack.
Cluster founder, Laura Dempsey, Managing Director of TeraByte IT, opened the event by introducing the aims and goals of the cluster, as well as introducing the topic of the session – business continuity.
Guest speakers included Jonathan Green, Regional Cyber Protect Officer at NERSOU, who demonstrated a live hack using freely available open source software, to illustrate the swiftness and ease that hackers can employ to access your systems to deploy viruses, ransomware, browse and steal your data.
Communicate Technology PLC’s Cyber Security division manager, Jon Fisher spoke about various prevention and protection services that can be deployed by businesses to detect, respond to and neutralise cyber threats, before they cause damage to your business. Also, how these exercises need to be continually cycled to ensure that you (or someone on your behalf) are always assessing, planning, testing, auditing and managing, to maximise mitigation of the risk of cybercrime.
The third speaker was macmon secure’s UK Channel Manager, Rob Billington. Rob rounded up the session by highlighting the importance of protecting networks from unauthorised access by introducing the audience to the ‘M Files’. These are case studies of how devices, including a self-replenishing vending machine, have been added to a network, unbeknownst to their IT department, and then used by hackers to access a company’s systems, records, data etc. Rob also spoke of macmon’s software that maps your network infrastructure and alerts, for example where devices show characteristics that don’t match with what’s expected. After all, a vending machine does not need a customer database, it simply needs to send information on snack stocks!
The Cluster is looking for new members and supporters to help it grow and spread the word amongst businesses across the region. The importance of protecting your business and yourself from cybercrime has never been greater.
Meetings are free of charge to attend and membership comes with a whole host of benefits included. Please visit our website for further information and updates: https://cybersecuritycluster.co.uk
We look forward to seeing you at our January event, which will be the 29th with further details to be published on our website in the new year.
The CSIPC aims to encourage cyber security knowledge, skills and capabilities amongst businesses, primarily in the Tees Valley, but also across the wider North East region.