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An online, Europe-wide cyber security event with a stellar line-up of all women speakers

According to ISC(2), nearly a quarter of the cyber security workforce is women. Amid a growing skills shortage, it’s widely agreed that a diverse workforce is key, which is why we have decided to run the Future of Cyber Security’s next virtual conference featuring an all women speaking line-up.

COVID-19 has turned the events industry on its head. Many conferences have moved to video platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams and, although these do offer the ability to learn and collaborate, they’re a poor replacement for in-person cyber security events.

After 15 years of successful physical events, 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.

Exclusive access to intelligence from industry-leading experts

Taking place in 2021, the Future of Cyber Security Virtual Conference will be an invite-only virtual conference featuring hand-picked senior executives from major UK firms.

Rather than simply covering the tired topic of ‘women in security’, the event will be used to showcase the women speakers’ expertise, giving the audience the opportunity to learn from their insight. Featuring women who are at the top of their field, the Future of Cyber Security’s virtual event will discuss the current threat landscape, offering exclusive insight into how businesses can protect themselves. 

Hot on the heels of our in-demand 2019 and 2020 conferences, 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.

The Future Of Cyber Security Virtual Conference will feature eight key talks, and a live Q&A with speakers at the end of each session.

In just one day, the Future Of Cyber Security Virtual Conference will provide essential intelligence that enables senior personnel to stay one step ahead of cyber criminals as the attack surface expands during COVID-19. The conference covers today’s cyber security trends and threats across Europe – as well as those of the future – equipping delegates with the tools needed to cope in an increasingly complex landscape.

The event will also examine the latest cyber security strategies and technologies. It will cover supply chain security, learning from the SolarWinds mega-breach of 2020, and the threat posed by nation states, as well as offering advice on how to avoid ransomware attacks as cyber-criminals ramp up their cyber-arsenals during COVID-19.

Socialise and learn in an immersive and engaging environment

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.

Industry-leading conference and seminar sessions

The Future of Cyber Security Virtual Conference is even more targeted than before, with more seminar sessions and networking opportunities across multiple vertical industries.

In the morning, it will cover the supply chain threat, ransomware, skills and diversity, and AI in cyber security. Meanwhile, delegates will learn about the North Korean threat to financial sector security, Red Teaming, disinformation and regulation in the afternoon.

The cost of a breach can be huge, often reaching millions of pounds. According to the Ponemon Institute, the cost of a data breach is an average of $3.86 million (£2.9 million), while it can take 280 days to identify and contain security incidents.

At the same time, firms using AI and analytics have had the most success mitigating the costs of data breaches, spending $2.45 million (£1.84 million) on their recovery. This was in stark contrast to those that didn’t implement AI, who spent more than double the amount: On average $6.03 million (£4.5 million).

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. Taking this into account, the Future of Cyber Security Virtual Conference Western Europe will include sessions on the risks associated with a remote workforce and how to resolve them. As part of this, it will focus specifically in the role of AI – whether for good or for bad — within today’s threat landscape.

Many companies hire professional social engineers to try and infiltrate their business as a type of ‘penetration test.’ With this in mind, an afternoon session will introduce a professional social engineer who will share her tips and tricks to entice employees into giving up their data or provide access to buildings or systems. The talk will offer some practical tips for businesses to help ensure their employees know what to look out for.

The Future of Cyber Security Virtual Conference gives you the opportunity to draw the latest intelligence from invaluable seminar, workshop, panel and breakout sessions featuring the leading names in the field.  

Our seminar streams and interactive round tables feature CSOs and thought leaders from multiple industries.

A bespoke events platform for 2021 and beyond

Everything we do on the platform, from delegates signing up through to sponsorship, is supported; we even offer services such as video production. The impact this bespoke platform is already having on the online conference space is reflected in the superb delegate feedback we have received from our 2020 events.

Cyber News Group’s six live events on the Engagez platform in 2020 attracted an extremely high calibre of speakers including former GCHQ director Robert Hannigan, ex-NCSC boss Ciaran Martin, former business development director for Cambridge Analytica Brittany Kaiser, whistle-blower Edward Snowden and infamous hacking group Anonymous. We expect this line up to ramp up even further in 2021.

Peer-to-peer virtual networking and cyber security technology showcase

In addition to extensive peer-to-peer networking opportunities, The Future of Cyber Security Virtual event also gives senior decision-makers and the opportunity to view new and exciting technologies from leading suppliers of cyber security products and services.

Throughout the day, delegates will have exclusive access to the latest cyber security innovations, covering a range of focused themes such as:     

  • Remote working cyber security
  • COVID-19
  • Cyber resilience
  • High risk industries
  • Government surveillance
  • Ransomware
  • Mobile Security
  • IoT
  • GDPR
  • DDoS
  • Encryption
  • Open Source & License Management 
  • APTs
  • ID management
  • Data protection
  • Threat intelligence
  • Intrusion detection
  • Incident response
  • Cloud security
  • Cyber terrorism
  • Hackivism
  • Protecting critical infrastructure
  • Insider threat
  • Spear phishing
  • Social engineering
  • Big data
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning
  • The UK Government’s cyber security strategy
  • and many more….
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