Public Sector Cyber Security Conference
“In an increasingly digital world, cyber is playing an ever more important part in our daily lives and in the UK’s approach to security. The threats to the UK are evolving rapidly as technology advances. Our response has been to transform to stay ahead of them." - Jeremy Fleming, Director, GCHQ
During an annual review in 2017, the National Cyber Security Centre reported 1,131 cyber incidents of which 590 were classed as “significant”. Since the inception of the NCSC, it has utilised government investment to strengthen the national digital infrastructure of the country and improve our public sector digital defences. However, with cyber threats constantly changing, there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure our vital public services can withstand a serious attack, and also stay one step ahead of the criminals responsible.
Join us for the Public Sector Cyber Security Conference where leading experts will explain how to protect the vital services provided by central Government, local councils and the NHS. Learn how to safeguard sensitive data, such as medical records, keep IT systems safe from cyber-attacks, and ensure staff are up-to-date with how they can effectively protect and guard the digital interests of their organisation.
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- Benefit from insights into the latest developments in public sector cyber security and what the Government’s £1.9 billion National Cyber Security Strategy could mean for your organisation.
- Have your questions answered by leading IT and cyber security experts.
- Learn from examples of best practice and see how pioneering IT managers are safeguarding their systems against malicious attacks.
- Connect with other high quality delegates from across the technology sector, local government, the NHS and more.
- Plan ahead to ensure that your organisation is protected against the cyber threats of the future.
The Public Sector Cyber Security Conference boasts a variety of outstanding speakers from across public sector and IT security. Each one has been handpicked based on their experience and professional background to ensure that all delegates benefit from relevant, high-quality presentations. Expect speakers to cover a wide variety of topics including:
Assessing the emerging threats: GCHQ dealt with 200 “cyber national” security incidents per month in 2015, but in 2018, the bigger picture suggests tens of millions of attacks are blocked every week by industry partners implementing NCSC’s Active Cyber Defence programme. Additional reports suggest that 40% of malware attacks in the UK are made against public sector institutions. In a highly critical report, the National Audit Office cited the “limited oversight” across different Government IT departments and described the existing process for reporting breaches as “chaotic”. A number of high profile cyber-attacks against banks, communications companies and broadcasters in 2016 have highlighted the very real threat posed by individual hackers, cyber terrorists and hostile states. What is the current state of the UK Government’s cyber security and which issues need to be addressed most urgently?
New funding: In light of this growing threat, Chancellor Philip Hammond’s announcement of the £1.9 billion investment looks set to change the face of public sector cyber security. Outlining the strategy for the next 5 years, the Chancellor stressed the need to “keep up with the scale and pace of the threats we face.” The three pronged approach will focus on “defending” through the use of automated defence techniques, “deterring” would be attackers by toughening laws and “developing” world leading technology to protect vulnerable IT systems. How will this new funding help transform cyber security within the UK’s public sector and what opportunities does it present for your organisation?
GDPR compliancy and cyber security: The two year transition period for implementing GDPR legislation hasn't given many public sector organisations a vast amount of time to consider their options for storage and to implement guidelines. Furthermore, the complexity of public sector data as well as the changes to how that data is defined leaves many organisations vulnerable to potential foreign threats and breaches in conduct.
Safer sharing: Among the many provisions of the Government’s Digital Economy Bill is a proposal to encourage different public sector bodies to share more information. The advent of big data and the internet of things provide an excellent opportunity to match services to demand while mobile tech and cloud storage are helping to make services more efficient and responsive. How can the public sector make the most of these new technologies without compromising on digital safety?
Working together: The Government’s new cyber security strategy aims to make the UK the safest place in the world to do business. This will require strong collaboration between the private and public sectors in terms of research and development of cyber security technology and software. Encouraging innovative new start-ups as well as supporting established firms will be essential to ensuring the country’s digital defences remain one step ahead of the hackers. What are the barriers preventing closer working partnerships between the public and private sector and how can these be overcome?
Registration, Refreshments and Exhibition
Opening Remarks from Chair
Tooska Dargahi, University of Salford (CONFIRMED
National Cyber Security Centre (invited)
The latest guidance and advice from NCSC on protecting and defending the public sector
Tooska Dargahi, University of Salford (CONFIRMED)
Cyber security, threat intelligence and forensics
Session delivered by Guest Speaker
Question and Answer Session with Speakers
Dr Jessica Barker, Consultant (invited)
Mitigating the human error- side of cyber security: Education awareness
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Seminar A CONFIRMED, details to follow
Seminar B CONFIRMED, details to follow
Seminar C delivered by
Seminar D delivered by
Lunch & Exhibition Break
Ian Bryant, Branch Chief for Information and info-cyber Systems Protection Policy, Ministry of Defence (invited)
The cyber-security infrastructure of the British State
Seminar stream 2
Seminar E delivered by
Seminar F delivered by
Seminar G delivered by
Seminar H delivered by
Refreshments & Exhibition Break
Expert Guest Speaker (invited)
Data security: Getting to grips with GDPR compliance
Greater Manchester Police (CONFIRMED)
Social media and online interactions as the latest frontier in the ever changing cybercrime world
Question and Answer Session with Speakers
*Please note, programme is subject to change without notice
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- Responding to the new and emerging threats in the public sector
- Uncovering the extent of the threat that cyber crime poses to all public sector institutions
- Identify the many opportunities created by the £1.9 billion in additional cyber-security funding as part of the National Cyber Security Strategy
- Understand the risks associated with the public sector data sharing proposals outlined in Digital Economy Bill and how to mitigate against them
- Exploring the way Cyber Security Services 2 is facilitating a single, central route for public sector cyber procurement
- Delivering quality and technically robust security systems to react to the ever changing cyber risks we encounter every day
- How to foster essential collaboration between the public sector and private tech firms to improve security
- Highlighting the importance of safely and effectively storing sensitive public data, including NHS patient records, without compromising digital safety
Who should attend?
Chief Information Security Officers, Chief Information Officers, IT Directors, Information Governance Officers, Chief Risk Analysers, Cyber Security Leads, Heads of infrastructure, Intelligence Assessors, Heads of Operational Security, Information Security Analyst; Principal Cyber Security Manager, IT Security Engineer, Data Managers, Information Assurance Analyst, Security Systems Administrator, Senior IT Security Consultant and Detective inspectors. These will be drawn from local and central government, the NHS, higher education, housing associations, Police, Criminal Justice and the Private Sector.