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.