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Speaker Line-up Announced for The Changing Landscape of Cyber Security 2021 Event

Find out who will be speaking at the April Cyber Security event and the topics they will cover.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a significant increase in cyber security issues in the UK. According to the City of London Police, 3,916 reports of cybercrime, equating to £2.9 million in reported losses, were received during the first month of lockdown alone.

It is now more important than ever to ensure we are consistently improving knowledge and understanding of cybercrime threats and risks and educate vulnerable groups on this topic.

The Changing Landscape of Cyber Security event will provide an important insight into how organisations can become more resilient and able to identify and manage cyber risks. 

Speaker Line-up for The Changing Landscape of Cyber Security 2021

Attendees will hear from a range of speakers from across the public sector including education, police, healthcare, and local and central government. 

William Barker
Associate Director and practice lead on Digital Ethics, Socitm

William will speak on Embedding Digital Ethics Within Governance Structures To Ensure Cyber Resilience. He will discuss. developing a framework to identify, assess and respond to digital ethics concerns in governance, and implementing a multi-stakeholder approach to facilitate a holistic approach to digital ethics. William will also speak on increasing transparency and accountability through robust testing, checks and balances systems, and provide a look into the uses, standards and governance of AI in public policy. 

Emily Wayne
‎Strategy and Engagement Lead, Cyber Resilience, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Emily delivers a keynote on Making Britain Secure And Resilient In Cyberspace. She will discuss how we deliver the National Security Strategy for 2021 and provide guidance on building a flourishing digital society. Emily will also address the cyber skills gap and working closely with international partners to ensure that cyberspace continues to be free, open, peaceful and secure.

Professor Julia Davidson OBE
Professor of Criminology in the Department of Business and Law, University of East London

Julia will speak on Ensuring That The UK Is A World-Leader In Safety Tech. Her session covers research, methods and guidance surrounding online safety, and includes case study examples of the role of safety tech providers and their value to government and society in creating solutions that make a real difference to users online. She will also identify current growth trends of 35% per annum which could generate £1bn in annual revenues by the mid-2020s.

Geoff Connell
Director of IMT & Chief Digital Officer, Norfolk County Council

Geoff will deliver a case study on Promoting Digital Transformation Alongside Robust Cyber Security Practices In Local Government. This looks at achieving digital connectivity in a rural county: How Norfolk County Council is driving improvements in fixed and mobile internet access and the impact on digital inclusion. Geoff will also look at the Internet of Things (IoT) transformation through current and potential future IoT applications, and assess how cybersecurity practices and response protocols have had to change to maintain resilience in response to digital transformation and Covid-19.

David Corke
Director of Education and Skills Policy, Association of Colleges

David will present a case study on Supporting Schools, Colleges And Universities Following A Spike In Targeted Ransomware Attacks. The session will discuss preventing ransomware attackers gaining access to a victim’s network through vectors such as vulnerable software or hardware and phishing emails. David will discuss an institution-wide approach to support leaders, teachers and students to recognise threats and mitigate against them.

Dr Vasileios Karagiannopoulos
Reader in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity, University of Portsmouth

Vasileios delivers a case study on Helping To Raise Awareness Of And Build Resilience To Cybercrime In The Local Community Through A Cybercrime Awareness Clinic. The session provides insight into receiving funding by Hampshire Constabulary to develop and pilot an innovative research and collaboration space, providing cyber security advice for vulnerable groups in the community, and assisting police in providing a more efficient and tailored response to local cybercrime.

Learn more about the event, view the full agenda, and book tickets here.

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Article written by
Danielle Chapman

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