Security Serious Conference Monday 1st October 2018

As part of Security Serious Week we will hold daily keynote webinars to address the theme of “Building Awareness and Bridging the Cyber-Skills Gap through Creativity and Diversity”.

The Key objective of the virtual summit is to enable all attendees to leave the week with creative and practical steps to help them build, enhance and develop their own cyber-security teams through hearing how their peers have done it effectively and creatively.

The sessions will include:

The Cyber Skills Gap – The Challenge – Setting the Scene

This first session will be based around the Global Workforce Study which shows the real numbers that expose the challenges facing UK companies in the wake of a global cyber-security shortfall. How can the UK become a haven for cyber-security and compete against the rest of the world for the best talent? What are the answers to building a viable, strong and competent cyber-security team? Is there enough being done to home-grow our own cyber-security workforce or will we need to talent from overseas and is that even possible with the challenges Brexit will bring?

Speakers include: Adrian Davis Managing Director, EMEA at (ISC)²; Ian Glover, President at CREST; Quentyn Taylor, Director of Information Security at Canon for Europe, Warwick Ashford, Security Editor at Computer Weekly.

Live online on Monday, 2nd of October, 11am BST or after on demand.

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Incentives and UK initiatives encouraging Cyber-Security Investment and growth

This webinar will look at how to set up, grow and succeed as a cyber-security business in the UK. Where have they chosen to invest to take advantage of the grants and loans, how have they used accelerators etc.

Speakers include: Shane Wickramasuriya, Operations Manager, CyLon; David Howorth, Head of EMEA, AlertLogic; Sarb Sembhi, CTO, CISO & DPO, Virtually Informed, Andrew Mulvenna, founder of Brightpearl and Mike Spain, Operations Director, Cyber Growth Partnership.

Live online on Tuesday, 3rd of October, 10am BST or after on demand.

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Artificial Intelligence

How could AI potentially save the cyber-security industry – Peter Warren, journalist and thought leader on AI, will chair this session on how AI should be in the interest and control of the people for the people – and how it will impact on businesses from a legal perspective.

Speakers include: Pete Warren, Chairman at Cyber Security Research Institute; Mark Deem, partner at Cooley LLP and Andrew Jones, Professor of Cyber Security at University of Hertfordshire.

Live online on Wednesday, 4th of October, 10.30am BST or after on demand.

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Creative Employment

This session will look at how employers are going about recruiting people creatively and what they’re doing to find the right talent and what incentives they’re putting in place to retain and grow their current staff.

Speakers include: Shan Lee, Information Security Officer at TransferWise, Vicki Gavin, Head of Business Continuity and Information Security at the Economist Group; Ryan Farmer, Delivery Manager, Acumin Consulting; Emily Swiatek, National Autistic Society and James Hadley, Founder/CEO of Immersive Labs.

Live online on Thursday, 5th of October, 11am BST or after on demand.

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Neuro Diversity

The panel of expert speakers will look to address the issue of the cyber security skills shortage by identifying the traits often over looked by recruiters and employers who are seeking cyber security professionals. Brian Higgins from ISC2 will chair the event as we hear from Emma Jones at the National Autistic Society and Thomas Seidling from CyberSmart.
The session will explore how employers can be more inclusive and get more diversity into business while helping individuals thrive.

Speakers include: Brian Higgins, Business Development Manager at (ISC)²; Emma Jones, Employment Training and Partnerships Manager at The National Autistic Society; Thomas Seidling, Relationship Manager, Cyber Smart and Tania Brooks, computing teacher.

Live online on Friday, 6th of October, 11am BST or after on demand.

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