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Catch up: Resilience & Cyber4Good 2021

Wednesday 15 September to Friday 17 September

Resilience and Cyber4Good 2021 explored how do we ensure continuity and keep our public services safe from cyber attack. How do we keep one step ahead? 

With thanks to our specialist partners Cisco and Nutanix for supporting this CPD accredited UKAuthority event

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Time stamps below the videos indicate the start of each presentation or discussion panel. There are also links to speaker slides where these are available

Session One - Wednesday, 15th September
  • 01:55: Improving UK Cyber Resilience - Kevin L, Head of Cyber Security Communications, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
    A discussion of the government's current work on cyber security, including the forthcoming national cyber strategy and how the current cyber threats facing the UK are being tackled. In particular this session covers what the DCMS is doing to improve the UK's cyber resilience, including improving cyber skills, securing new technology and helping organisations to protect themselves (Download slides
  • 17:58: Best practices in cyber resilience - policy, process and people - Cliff Dean, CIO, North Kesteven and West Lindsey district councils
    Emma Velle, Cybersecurity Specialist for NHS & Local Government, Cisco
    Cliff Dean and Emma Velle discuss the approach to strategic cyber resilience  - the need for a strong policy or framework; the core challenges in managing risk and the role of staff and skills in managing cyber security. 
  • 39:33: Levelling-Up Local Government Cyber Security Maturity - Geoff Connell, Director of IMT & Chief Digital Officer, Norfolk County Council 
    Geoff Connell chairs the Socitm C-TAG (Cyber Technical Advisory Group) and works closely with the LGA & MHCLG Cyber Teams, the NCSC and the UK WARP network to maximise cyber security related collaboration across the public sector. Hear what’s going on across the UK right now and find out how you can make sure your organisation is involved (Download slides)
  • 54:00: Q&A / panel discussion
Session Two - Thursday, 16th September
  • 01:45: Building Cyber Security Resilience across the NHS - 4 years of progress - Paul Barnes, Head of Operations and Engagement - Cybersecurity, NHSX 
    Paul Barnes talks briefly about some of the changes made to cyber security in the NHS in England over the last four years, and how the risks have been addressed at scale to improve the resilience of health and care (Download slides)
  • 17:15: Securing HE - Kevin Mortimer, Head of Operations, University of Reading
    Kevin Mortimer looks at the challenges experienced whilst operating IT Security and Infrastructure Teams at the University over the last five years and some of the tools it has implemented (Download slides)
  • 33:00: Protecting against Ransomware in a hybrid cloud world - Gregor Davidson, Cyber Specialist, Nutanix
    Gregor Davidson outlines the capabilities you should expect from your platform, to detect, alert, protect and recover from a ransomware attack (Download slides)
  • 45:40: Cyber strategy – how do we get our people involved? - Alison Hughes, Assistant Director ICT, Digital and Customer, Liverpool City Council. Also Vice President SOCITM 
    How do we make cyber everybody’s business and not just something ICT need to deal with? Alison Hughes presents some ideas about how this can be embedded in your organisation and how you can get people engaged (Download slides)
  • 59:00: Q&A / panel discussion 
Session Three - Friday, 17th September
  • 01:38: Cybercrime: the Police Response - Andrew Gould, Detective Chief Superintendent / National Cybercrime Programme Lead, National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC)
    Andrew Gould's session covers the current threat, the police response and what organisations should be doing to protect themselves against it (Download slides)
  • 12:58: From protecting to coping: balancing people and technology rather than blaming them - Danny Dresner, Professor of Cyber Security, University of Manchester
    Calling out people as the 'weakest link' is just plain rude. Calling people, 'our strongest asset' is just patronising. In cyber security, there's no such thing as user error; it's just people being human. Technology ain't gonna save us. So...let's be adaptive out there! (Download slides)
  • 26:50: The beginning and end of cyber resilience - Emily Mayhew, Policy and Engagement Lead - Local Digital Cyber, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC)
    Emily Mayhew discusses what we mean by resilience and how it applies to cyber. She will also  reflect on the lessons learnt from cyber incidents in 2020 (Download slides)
  • 43:47: Building resilience and strengthening your cyber procurement - Elizabeth Giugno, Head of Category - Cyber Security, Crown Commercial Service
    Five steps to building resilience to cyber attacks and reducing disruption including understanding critical assets, developing an incident response plan, creating a strong cyber security culture, keeping up to date with emerging cyber threats and developing a business continuity and disaster recovery plan (Download slides)
  • 53:40: Q&A / panel discussion 
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