The South West’s first Cyber Security Awareness Week (#CSAW) drew to a successful close last Friday. Over five days we welcomed more than 200 people to hear from 18 speakers at 11 events across six Exeter venues.
Over the course of the week, expert speakers provided advice and guidance on all aspects of cyber security – from technical solutions to advice on insurance, banking, intellectual property and crisis PR.
Alastair Revell, Director General of the Institution of Analysts and Programmers, opened our first full seminar day on the Wednesday with the prediction that cyber crime will rise steeply over the next couple of years. He said cyber criminals now regard small businesses as easy targets and was puzzled at the complacent attitude still being demonstrated by small and medium sized businesses to their online security.
We share Alastair’s concerns regarding the ‘head in the sand’ attitude of many business leaders hence our decision to host this first dedicated Cyber Security Awareness Week. We were delighted to see so many Exeter business people come together across the space of a week to find out how they can protect themselves from cyber crime and learn from each other.
You can see some of the feedback from the event by searching #CSAW on Twitter.
Cyber Security Top Tips
We asked each of our expert speakers at #CSAW to provide their takeaway cyber security tips. We’ve consolidated the top 20 into a handy checklist which you can download here.
Don’t worry if you missed #CSAW 2017. The event was so successful that we’re planning to run #CSAW again in February 2018 and are also planning a one-day refresher in September 2017.
To find out the dates as soon as they are announced and keep up to date with all #CSAW alerts please register here.