In 2016, the Government launched its Cyber Security Strategy to develop a national programme to nurture the cyber security sector and protect Britain’s people and infrastructure from cyber threats. This year, the Network and Information Systems Directive (NISD) came into effect, placing additional requirements on organisations across the private, public and non-profit sectors to ensure their cyber awareness and resilience.
The 2017 WannaCry attack demonstrated the devastating impact of new cyber threats to the public sector. The National Cyber Security Centre has thwarted over 800 cyber attacks against public sector organisations, whilst the Government has invested £1.9bn in cyber security. Even so, more than four in ten of all UK businesses and two in ten charities suffered a cyber breach or attack last year, costing the UK economy £27bn. Subsequently, more than three quarters of businesses and charities have identified cyber security as a high priority. In response, the Government has sought to expand the pool of cyber professionals and skill the workforce through the Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund and the CyberFirst initiative.
This event provides attendees with an invaluable opportunity to hear the latest policy updates and initiatives from senior policymakers designed to enhance cyber security across government, industry and society. Participants will have the opportunity to listen to best-practice case studies from across the cyber security sector demonstrating successfully proven approaches to reducing risk, skilling staff and enhancing defence.
25th September 2019