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CCoE online cyber security webinar for district councils

Category: Events
Published: 23 May 2023

Wednesday 28 June, 10:00-11:00, Microsoft Teams

We’re pleased to be providing a cyber security webinar in partnership with the Cyber Centre of Excellence.

Particularly as:

  • More than 2 billion cyber incidents in local authorities have occurred so far this year
  • With local authorities experiencing an average of 10,000 attempted cyber-attacks every single day
  • And more than 12 councils had complete denial of their systems in the last 3 years.

Anyone who attended the final session of our recent annual conference will also remember what a compelling speaker CCoE board member Major General Martin Smith, former Commandant of the Royal Marines, is and we’re delighted he’s a speaker on this call.

This is a session for all chief executives, leaders and senior officers responsible for IT or cyber security.

We hope to see many of you there and we ask that you register to attend using the form found here

About the call

The Cyber Centre of Excellence (CCoE), which was launched at the DCN Conference earlier this year, was formed to research, identify and test practical cyber solutions for councils and their communities, and help with their adoption. This online session will be led by members of the CCoE Advisory Board who will share their insight and expertise. They’ll cover highlights from existing council pilots currently underway and pose some practical solutions on demystifying the current cyber environment. They’ll also reveal some “very interesting” findings of a new assessment that measures the level of security for local authorities.

  • Major General Martin Smith will set out the international context on why and how we are being targeted at the state level
  • Sandip Patel, Kings Counsel, will talk about what happens following a successful attack and holding attackers to account
  • Kurtis Toy, CCoE convener, and Councillor David Tutt, Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council and DCN Board Member, will describe the CCoE pilots that are currently underway, highlighting how councils with excellent defences are taking them to the next level
  • Irene Coyle, former Chief Inspector of Police Scotland responsible for GDPR, will talk about how to ensure that all of your staff, including the management team and members, are suitably trained in cyber resilience.
  • Kurtis will also introduce CCoE’s latest assessment of the state of security of England’s district councils.

Again if you plan to attend please confirm by registering for your free place using this simple registration form. A calendar invite will be provided once you have registered.

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