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Cyber security a priority in Europe as cyber-criminals ramp up attacks

The cyber security landscape is more complex than ever as COVID-19 sees cyber-criminals and nation state adversaries ramp up attacks. As employees continue to work from home, as well as in the office, it’s never been more important for businesses to ensure they are as robust as possible.

Last year, we decided to run the Future of Cyber Security as a virtual event, via an immersive platform to provide the best conference experience in the market.

Following hot on the heels of our highly-successful 2020 online events, the Future Of Cyber Security Virtual Conference Western Europe will be better than ever. In response to popular demand from senior industry executives, the Europe-wide conference will feature topics relevant to the current COVID-19 working environment as a huge number of employees across all industries continue to work from home.

Cyber-attacks are on the rise during COVID-19 as criminals look to take advantage of security weaknesses as employees work remotely. In November 2020, the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre said more than a quarter of the incidents it responded to were coronavirus-related. Most of these were criminal in nature.

Indeed, cyber-criminals are already profiting from the pandemic, with email phishing campaigns designed to steal employees’ credentials and compromise business systems.

At the same time, ransomware is still a major threat to today’s businesses. Interpol’s Cybercrime Threat Response has detected a “significant increase” in the number of attempted ransomware attacks against key organisations around the world.

In Q3 2020, Check Point Research saw a 50% increase in the daily average of ransomware attacks, compared to the first half of the year.

Home working continues, opening new avenues for attack

The cost of a breach can be huge, often reaching millions of pounds. According to Accenture and the Ponemon Institute, the average cost of a cyber-attack is $13 million.

The Annual Cost of Cybercrime study found that criminals are adapting their attack methods by targeting the human layer — the weakest link in cyber defence — through increased ransomware with phishing and social engineering attacks as a path to entry.

This is especially relevant in today’s climate, which has never been riskier for businesses as the work from home ethos opens new avenues for attack. With this in mind, the Future Of Cyber Security Virtual Conference Western Europe will include sessions covering the risks associated with a remote workforce and how to resolve them.

Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to businesses and government organisations, with an attack able to take down entire networks as malware locks valuable company data. The Future Of Cyber Security Virtual Conference Western Europe will look at this common attack vector during COVID-19, asking why incidents are increasing, and outline how your business can protect itself and stop ransomware causing lasting damage.

Another major threat is the vast amounts of devices comprising the internet of things (IoT). The need to act now is even greater in 2021 as 5G leads to even more connections of critical services such as medical devices and connected vehicles. It is widely recognised that these devices could be tampered with, creating a potentially devastating impact.

The nation state threat has never died down; in fact it has elevated in recent months as disinformation campaigns and phishing surge amid COVID-19. The Future of Cyber Security Virtual Conference will examine the threat landscape during COVID-19, detailing the main nation threat actors and offering insight into how businesses should protect themselves.

An online cyber security event like no other

In early 2020, as coronavirus took hold, Cyber News Group wanted to offer something different. That’s why we bought the UK and Ireland rights to an events platform like no other, Engagez, which offers the feeling of a real-world conference via a unique-in-the-market 3D immersive experience.

With impressive virtual venues built in 3D, our online cyber security conferences host up to 600 delegates. Immersive and engaging, it’s possible to perform video calls inside the platform for one-to-one chats with other delegates without the need to export to Zoom or Teams.

During the event, we provide the opportunity to eat and socialise with other delegates through a partnership with Just Eat. We even offer an afterparty with Bacardi cocktails following the conference.

Exclusive, invite-only cyber security virtual conference for senior professionals

Taking place in April 2021, the Future Of Cyber Security Virtual Conference Western Europe will be a closed-door, invite-only conference featuring hand-picked senior executives from major UK firms. The Virtual Conference will be even more targeted than before, with exclusive speakers addressing urgent topics across multiple vertical industries.

The conference will feature eight key talks, and a live Q&A with speakers at the end of each session.

The event is aimed at board level executives and senior IT decision-makers from government and industries including critical infrastructure, retail, healthcare and financial services.

Stay one step ahead of attackers

The Future Of Cyber Security Virtual Conference Western Europe aims to help businesses to stay one step ahead of attackers through a number of insightful sessions not available at any other security conference.

In just one day, the event will provide essential intelligence that enables senior personnel to keep their business secure as the attack surface expands amid COVID-19.

Covering cyber resilience, ransomware, the IoT risk and the post-COVID-19 workplace in the morning and topics including financial sector security, cyber security training and the threat landscape in the afternoon, the conference covers today’s cyber security trends and threats across Europe – as well as those of the future – equipping delegates with the strategies, tools and technology needed to cope in an increasingly complex landscape.

It follows the huge success of our physical events in London, which have been running for 15 years. Now online, this educational one-day exclusive conference brings senior decision-makers face to face with leading cyber security specialists. Covering the strategic needs of all enterprises, the conference provides delegates with a unique opportunity to learn from thought leaders in the field and gain new knowledge and skills to manage the latest technology.


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