With a workforce shortfall of up to 2 million cyber positions unfilled globally, coupled with median cyber security salaries running at almost 3 times the average wage, a ‘war for cyber security talent’ is imminent.

We power the success of tomorrow, today. Shaping the next generation of learners, leaders and innovators.

Join us at our exclusive event were we bring likeminded Thought Leaders, Cyber Security specialists and guest speakers together, as we collaboratively discuss cyber security threats and skills gap needed to detect and defend organisations in the future. Together let’s face this challenge head on.


Date: Friday 31st January 2020

Time: 09:30 – 15:00

Location: QA Manchester (Oxford St) Centre

Cost: FREE

Agenda

9.30am – Registration and networking

10am – Welcome and Introduction – Miranda Horseman and Adam Jones

10.10am – NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre)

11.00am – Break and networking

11.30am – Greater Manchester Police

12.15pm – Lunch and networking

1.00pm – Hacking Enterprise

1.45pm – Break and networking

2.00pm – Ransomware-as-a-service

2.45pm – Closing words

3.00pm – Networking and finish

Outline

National Cyber Security Centre

The vision for CyberFirst is to ensure Cyber Security roles in UK government departments and industry are efficiently filled and maintained through developing a highly skilled, motivated and diverse talent pipeline (for national security).

CyberFirst will identify and support talented young people through their education and help them move into a career in cyber security.

Industry involvement and support of the programme will support the development of industry future talent pipelines.

From school engagement to sponsoring and employing NCSC Bursary students.


Greater Manchester Police

Greater Manchester Police - The Cyber Resilience Centre, Public Protection & Serious Crime Division, Greater Manchester Police will discuss their Prevent and Protect Youth Scheme.


Hacking Enterprises

Delivered by Will and Owen co-founders of In.security

Combine a UK-wide cyber skills shortage with a 56% rise in cybercrime in 2018 and it’s clear to see why cyber skills are amongst the most sought after at the moment. It has never been so important for enterprises to protect themselves from growing threats.

Find out using real-time and real world scenarios how to identify weaknesses. Logical thinking and creativity will definitely be put to the test. Want to know how it feels to be an attacker? Well guess what you can! By understanding the types of artefacts your attacks leave, you will then understand how you might catch, or be caught in the real word.


Ransomware-as-a-Service. Protect yourself against this growing threat.

Delivered by Graeme Batsman, Cyber Security Technical Consultant (Trainer) | QA Ltd

Ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) has become popular because of its ease of use, even by non-technical criminals, in addition to its low membership fee for its return on investment. Most frighteningly, it provides the option of conducting ransomware attacks to criminals without extensive technical know-how. Let’s explore the Ransomware-as-a-service model in more detail: what it is, how it works, its features, the most popular RaaS tools in use, and more importantly how organisations can take preventative steps to protect themselves.

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