Kent Cyber Security Forum 2019

Events Posted 05/08/19
The Kent interdisciplinary research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS) will host the Kent Cyber Security Forum 2019 at the University of Kent’s Canterbury campus on 5 September.

Hardly a day passes without some form of cyber-attack hitting the news. Whether it’s a new virus or ransomware affecting the NHS, major banks, business, industry or consumers. To try and combat this, one of the country’s leading cyber security research centres is hosting a major event for businesses and public sector organisations in Kent and further afield.

The aim is to bring businesses of all sizes and public sector and other organisations together with world leading expertise to combat the risks that cyber threats pose to day to day operations and costs.

Cyber-attacks are a real threat to small and medium-sized businesses, large business, the public sector and charities across the UK. A survey by security firm Kaspersky Lab found that many SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) don’t believe they are at risk. The same report last year found over a third of SMEs fell victim to a cyber-attack, costing on average £75k – £311k. The government is urging organisations in the UK to take cyber security more seriously.

The University of Kent has brought together the expertise in one place, on one day, to help organisations prepare for, prevent and deal with cyber security threats. World-renowned cyber experts Mikko Hyppönen from F-Secure and Dr Jessica Barker from leading cyber-security company Cygenta will deliver keynote talks at the event. Kent Police will also be speaking and exhibiting at the event with the force’s Aimee Payne, Prevent and Protect Officer for cyber, outlining why cyber protection is so important for businesses, the public sector and individuals.

The government’s National Cyber Security Centre, part of GCHQ, is sponsoring the event together with F-Secure, the US-based global Cyber Readiness Institute, NCC Group, Cygenta, and Santander Universities as part of #DigitalReboot. All of these world-leading cyber security organisations understand the need for digital, human and physical security working to work in harmony to help organisations identify, assess, mitigate and respond to the risks they face.

Those attending will hear keynote talks, have one-one sessions with experts in cyber security and have to chance to talk to exhibitors from leading organisations involved in protecting the country, its infrastructure, businesses, the public sector and individuals.

Organisations seeking to book a place on the event are encouraged to do so early before tickets sell out. The cost is £99 for the day and includes refreshments, resources, access to experts and a BBQ lunch.

Bookings can be made via the University of Kent’s online store: bit.ly/2MIzOBx

Further information is available from Lauren Griffiths-Norbury, Tel: 01227 824804 and via email: enterprise@kent.ac.uk

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