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Cyber security in the COVID-19 age

As the coronavirus crisis led to drastic changes across the board, businesses have had to adjust quickly. But as businesses start to consider how and when they will return to the office, cyber security has never been more important, which is why we have decided to run the Future of Cyber Security as a virtual event.

Following hot on the heels of Cyber News Group’s highly successful 2019 events, the Future of Cyber Security’s virtual conference will be better than ever. Attracting an exclusive audience of senior industry executives, the 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.

There is no doubt that cyber-criminals are jumping on opportunities to exploit employees working remotely during coronavirus, and the number of cyber-attacks continues to increase, according to Europol.

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

 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.

Stay one step ahead of attackers

The Future of Cyber Security Virtual Conference 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 stay one step ahead of cyber criminals as the attack surface expands amid COVID-19.

Covering working from home risks and ransomware in the morning and topics including GDPR during COVID-19 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 events in London. 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.

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 and Virtual Conference will include sessions on the risks associated with a remote workforce and how to resolve them.

One of the greatest threats to businesses is email phishing, which sees employees targeted with malicious emails when they are working from home. The conference will address this and outline more broadly which security gaps still exist and how can these be addressed.

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 will look at this common attack vector during COVID-19 and outline how your business can protect itself and stop ransomware causing lasting damage.

The Future of Cyber Security Virtual Conference will examine the general threat landscape during COVID-19, including hacktivists such as the infamous Anonymous, which has made a return to the mainstream in recent times.

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

Taking place in September, the Future of Cyber Security and Fraud Prevention Virtual Conference 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.

It will also be possible to engage in the networking time delegates usually enjoy at a physical conference through post-event virtual drinks, and live prize draws.

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.


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