17 December

Inaugural UKsec Write-up

Security Leaders Gather to Secure the UK’s Service Sector from Cyber Threats.
 
With over four in ten UK businesses having experienced an impactful cyber breach or attack in the last 12 months… It was about time we all sat together to discuss this trend and share our main takeaways.
 
Promoting collaboration and the safe adoption of digital transformations, the first ever cyber security summit dedicated to the UK’s service sector (UKsec) took place in London this November.
 
How to balance tech and business skillsets? How to go about monitoring third party security risks? How to embed a culture of cyber security across departments? What does an effective action plan look like, when it comes to minimising the damages of a cyber-attack? Through panel debates, keynote presentations, and table discussions, senior professionals shared solutions and examined the requirements of the 4IR.
 
Highlights
 
What 2018 Taught Us – Moderated by Tarun Samtani, DPO at Boden, this panel addressed the cyber security takeaways from 2017, analysed the impact of legislations in 2018, and predicted the roadmap for 2019, with the participation of Paul Watts, CISO at Domino’s Pizza, Deborah Haworth, CISO at Penguin Random House, and Allan Campbell, Global Information Security Manager at Withersworldwide LLP.
 
How We Ensure Communication & Collaboration Across Departments – a real-life case study presented by Steve Pritchard and Richard Merrygold, CISO and DPO of HomeServe plc. explaining what the overlap between security, compliance and privacy entails.
 
Our Story of Redesigning Infrastructure to Keep Up with an Ever-evolving ContextRobin Smith, Head of Cyber Security at the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, outlined how the 2017 WannaCry attack impacted the NHS’ approach to security.
 
The charismatic chair Kevin Sayers, CISO at WebHelp, concluded the summit summarising the underlying message across all sessions: “It’s become clear that we all suffer the same problems, no matter how different the nature of our businesses might be. This means that we need to create allies – if the challenges we are trying to overcome, daily, are the same… we’d be much stronger trying to solve them together. So thank you Qatalyst and all sponsors of UKsec for allowing us all to be here networking.” And then, in his lively manner: “now let’s get more coffee!”
 
 
Stay tuned for the next UKsec returning to London in November 2019 at www.cyberseries.io/uksec and follow Qatalyst Global’s newsletters and LinkedIn page to stay up-to-date with summit announcements and discounts.

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