David Woodfine of Cheltenham Science Festival, James Hadley from Immersive Labs, Georgia Stewart, Co-founder of mobile savings and investment platform Hedge, Jack Chapman, from Cheltenham-based CyberShield which helps protect companies and their employees from opening deceptive emails and Alex Chalk, MP for Cheltenham spoke at the first Cynam event of the year.
The goal of CyNam, which launched last year, is to bring together the best technology minds from local SME’s and Start-ups to fully harness the rich cyber security ecosystem that flourishes around Cheltenham, the home of the National Technical Authority for Information Security, GCHQ.
Alex Chalk talked about his vision for Cheltenham and the UK Cyber Business Park was reassuring and motivational as he described this exciting project for Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and the UK. Plans are in place to make Cheltenham the UK centre for cyber security companies and when complete, the new cyber park could create up to 8000 high tech cyber jobs.
Cynam, a Cheltenham based Community Interest (CIC) Company with a Board of Directors including technical leaders from the local community, with backing from local and national government, CyNam hosts its regular cyber events once a quarter and they attended by senior business leaders in the cyber field as well as young cyber start ups looking to grow a business in the world of cyber.
Chris Dunning-Walton (CyNam Director), said: “We passionately believe Cheltenham is THE hub for Cyber Security in the UK, full of knowledgeable individuals, great companies, new exciting start-ups and exceptional cyber talent.”
Business & Innovation Magazine is the official media partner for CyNam and has seen the event grow since its start. Kirsty Muir, Commercial Director said: “The substantial numbers attending every CyNam event show the value of this cyber security-dedicated event across the cyber business community and we are delighted to be the official media partner”.