27 Feb 2015

Event Helps Firms Boost Cyber Security

Around 80 business leaders from across the East Midlands received vital advice from industry experts about a Government scheme aimed at helping firms to stay safe and secure online.

The information seminar, in Nottingham, outlined the Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme and provided delegates with best practice information to help protect their businesses against common online attacks. It also explained why all suppliers bidding for certain Government contracts will need to be Cyber Essentials accredited.

The event was hosted by the East Midlands Chamber on behalf of the Institute of Internet Security Professionals’ East Midlands Forum. It was sponsored and delivered by the Chamber’s eBusiness Club as part of the Digital Capabilities programme*.

eBusiness Club Manager Jon Egley

Jon Egley, the Chamber’s eBusiness Manager, opened the event and presentations were delivered by Ian Glover, who is President of the Central Register for Ethical Security Testers (CREST) and Paul Midian, who is a Cyber Security Director at PwC.

The trio were then joined on an expert panel by Andy Watterson, the Chamber’s BusinessWatch Manager, for a Q+A with delegates.

Cyber Essentials has been developed in order to meet the National Security Strategy’s objective of making the UK a safer place to do business online.

Funded by the National Cyber Security Programme, it meets a requirement to provide a basic standard for industry on cyber security.

Accredited businesses taking part can download Cyber Essentials ‘badges’, which can be displayed prominently on their websites and marketing literature to demonstrate their adoption of best practice to customers and partners, giving them a competitive edge in an environment that increasingly demands good cyber security.

BusinessWatch Manager Andy Watterson said: “Increasing awareness of cyber security and its importance to local businesses is a Chamber priority, so we were pleased to help equip local businesses with clear and authoritative guidance about the Cyber Essentials scheme.

“While staying safe and secure online should be a key consideration for all businesses, becoming Cyber Essentials accredited will also open up opportunities for firms which want to bid for certain public contracts and need the certification to proceed.”

Jon Egley added: “This was a highly successful event and it is hoped that there will be further sessions delivered in the future. The Q+A session in particular could have easily gone on for another hour or so, such was the importance of the subject matter to local businesses.

“The fight against cyber crime is a constant struggle for businesses and I am pleased that the eBusiness Club was able to equip delegates with the information they need to make sure they are taking the necessary steps to protect the information that is critical to their organisations.”

You can view a copy of the presentation here. 

Deputy Chief Constable East Midlands Peter Goodman said: “Cyber crime is undoubtedly the most rapidly developing threat that law enforcement agencies in the UK and internationally are having to contend with, and we are making great strides in this field.

“The Government has also been very proactive about providing the advice and assistance that individuals, companies and other organisations need to take preventative action by offering excellent free advice to ensure we all take the steps necessary to avoid falling victim.

“I would urge businesses across the region to take advantage of support and guidance available through Cyber Essentials to bolster not only their confidence in doing business online but the confidence of their customers too.”

For more information about the Cyber Essentials Scheme, visit icon.

For more information about the eBusiness Club and the events and courses it runs to help businesses from across the East Midlands to enhance their ICT skills, visit icon.

A slide show of images from the event can be viewed here

* The Digital Capabilities programme is being delivered by the Chamber’s eBusiness Club. It is a joint initiative between the D2N2 and Leicester and Leicestershire Local Enterprise partnerships, which have secured £135,000 of funding for a project to help firms create or develop their online presence, sell their goods or services online and expand through exporting, through an ongoing series of events and other activities.