Providing expertise on cyber security from the FBI to start-up tech companies, alongside risk management and commercial law specialists, HCR’s cyber conference has drawn in 250 delegates for online sessions tackling the issue from all angles.
Using Cheltenham’s cyber ecosystem as its springboard, but drawing in experts nationally and internationally, the event has covered the issue in real depth and breadth.
Speakers and industry experts have advised on everything from the most basic solutions, such as the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) to the use of artificial intelligence to monitor emails and texts to expose insider threats.
Former FBI agent Jerry Bessette, Professor Pete Burnap of Cardiff University, Blacksmiths Group and ethical hacker Mike G led sessions, as did the firm’s own specialists, including our Head of Technology Nicola McNeely and Professor Dan Hyde.
Cyber issues affect both companies and individuals – getting policies right, finding the right cyber insurance and making sure that your data is safe are key for businesses. They also affect anyone who has digital assets such as bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies.
Tackling these issues, as well as giving tech businesses a platform to showcase their innovations, the conference assembled over 45 speakers across 25 sessions, ending with an in-person event at Gloucestershire College’s Advanced Digital Academy (ADA).
Krissy Scott, head of HCR’s Cheltenham office and conference lead, speaking at the conference’s final event, said:
“As part of the local cyber eco-system, it has been an invaluable experience to work with 27 partner organisations through our conference, demonstrating the benefits of working together and wider collaboration; we very much want initiatives like ADA to succeed.”
The technology showcase, supported by Cheltenham cyber community organisation CyNam, brought together four exciting start-ups as part of the event.
Showcasing their innovation and expertise were George B of PORGiESOFT, Ryan Heartfield of Exalens, Bruno Bossola of Meterian, and David Notley of Enclave, all introduced by Rob Kearney of Plexal. Delegates also had the chance to meet the speakers virtually during the conference drop-in networking sessions.
The Cyber Conference is now available to stream on demand; click here to watch over 24 hours of streamed content.
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