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CSIPC – March Event – Risk, Resilience and Recovery

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The three ‘R’s but not as we know it. Our March event focused on managing risk, ensuring you are as resilient as possible should a cyber attack occur and, if one does, the paths to recovery.

This was our first Cluster event we have held in Tyneside and the event was kindly hosted at Newcastle College.

One of the Cluster founders, Laura Dempsey, Managing Director of TeraByte IT, opened the event with a brief presentation about the aims of the Cluster and introduced the first guest speaker, Phil O’Neil, a Curriculum Leader for Digital Technologies at Newcastle College.

Phil, who has worked for the College for 6 years, outlined some of the courses the college delivers. He also spoke of the college’s aim to ensure students receive an up to date curriculum to ensure that they leave with both the technical skills and soft skills that make them work-ready when they finish one of their Degree courses.

Phil also had a plea to make to the businesses in the room. He has made it his mission to engage with employers so that the students receive a more enriched experience. This business engagement will give students additional motivation during a course, which will add to the likelihood of them finding employment in their chosen field.

If anyone would like to help Phil ensure that his students are linked with businesses in the region, please get in touch with us and we will make an introduction.

Our next guest speaker was Craig Watson, Lead Underwriter for Financial Risks and Cyber for RSA UK and also representing Towergate Insurance Brokers. Craig, who has 32 years in the insurance industry, highlighted the growing imperative of insuring separately for cyber attack and breaches.

Craig spoke of the ever-changing landscape of cyber crime and highlighted a few areas where businesses could mitigate risk. He also spoke of the importance of having specific cyber security insurance products to protect businesses from the cost of living through and recovering from an attach or breach.

The third and final part of the evening was a panel discussion. The panel which was made up of Steering Group Committee members Ben Docherty of NTE and Laura Dempsey, TeraByte, together with the guest speakers Phil O’Neil of Newcastle College and Craig Watson, RSA UK/Towergate Insurance Brokers, opened the event theme to the floor. This gave delegates the opportunity to pick the brains of the experts on topics including GDPR, linking business with education and mitigating data security risks.

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.

Events and membership are free of charge come with a whole host of benefits. Please visit our website for further information and updates: https://cybersecuritycluster.co.uk

We look forward to seeing you at our next event, which will be held on Tuesday 14th May 2019 at Darlington College, Haughton Road. Further details to be published on our website shortly.

For more information about the Cyber Security & Information Protection Cluster, please visit https://cybersecuritycluster.co.uk/ or get in touch by emailing info@cybersecuritycluster.co.uk.

CSIPC January Event – Newton Aycliffe – Data Breaches

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CSIPC January Event, Newton Aycliffe

Laura Dempsey opens the CSIPC Data Breaches Event

Data breaches was the hot-topic of discussion for the start of our 2019 event season.

Kindly hosted by The Work Place, Aycliffe Business Park, Newton Aycliffe, Cluster founder, Laura Dempsey, Managing Director of TeraByte IT, presented a background of the Cluster.

Our first guest speaker of the morning was Chris Pinder, Business Development Manager for the IASME Consortium, one of the original Accreditation Bodies contracted by Government to deliver their flagship Cyber Essentials. You can view Chris’ presentation at: IASME CSIPC Presentation Jan 19

Chris was followed by event support sponsors, NTE Ltd – a Managed Service specialising in high-speed and secure connectivity, communications and cloud technology. Client Services Manager, Steve Hood, presented on ‘The Human Firewall’ and illustrated the importance of awareness of phishing scams amongst your teams, to ensure they are not caught out and inadvertently cause their own data breach. You can view Steve’s presentation at: NTE CSIPC Presentation Jan 19

Steve Hood, NTE Ltd presents ‘The Human Firewall’

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.

We look forward to seeing you at our next event, which will be held on Tuesday 26th March 2019. Further details will be published on our cluster events page shortly.

About CSIPC:
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. For more information about the Cyber Security & Information Protection Cluster, please get in touch or email info@cybersecuritycluster.co.uk.

November Event – Business Continuity – Wynyard Event

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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.

About CSIPC:

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.

For more information about the Cyber Security & Information Protection Cluster, please visit https://cybersecuritycluster.co.uk/ or get in touch by emailing info@cybersecuritycluster.co.uk.