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Cybersecurity and Cybersafety: Risks and Solutions

Cybersecurity and Cybersafety: Risks and Solutions

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Bird & Bird

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What should we expect in 2022?

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When WiTT last hosted a discussion of cybersecurity trends, in 2017, the UK saw 60 serious cyber-attacks each month, according to the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC, part of intelligence agency GCHQ). A report released in January 2022 by the NCSC said almost four in ten businesses (39%) and a quarter of charities (26%) had reported suffering cyber security breaches or attacks in the last year, and that it had taken down 2.3 million malicious campaigns – including 442 phishing campaigns using NHS branding and 80 illegitimate NHS apps hosted and available to download outside of official app stores.

These attacks aren’t only more common — they’ve become much more sophisticated. The 2017 WannaCry and NotPetya ransomware incursions — both the work of state-sponsored parties, according to the NCSC — spread broadly and randomly. Today’s ransomware attacks are much more sophisticated and targeted, with a goal of maximizing monetisation.

The online risks to our children have also increased. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is concerned that the acceleration of people moving their lives online in the wake of the global Coronavirus pandemic has put children, particularly girls, at greater risk of exploitation. In 2021 IWF analysts investigated 361,062 reports of suspected criminal material — more than they dealt with in the entire first 15 years of their existence. Online bullying, grooming, and aggression are also on the rise.

What should we expect for 2022? Are there new threats we need to guard against? New technologies that will afford better protection? How will recent legislation affect those who process — and protect — personal information? How might it help to protect children from online threats? For our meeting in May, Women in Telecoms & Technology is assembling an expert panel of speakers to discuss how individuals, companies, and governments can improve cybersecurity and counter a range of personal risks.

Our panel will be chaired by Helen Kelisky, managing director for Google Cloud UK and Ireland. Our speakers will include:

Eleanor Fairford, Deputy Director for Incident Management, National Cyber Security Centre.

Jenna Franklin, Legal Director, Privacy & Data Protection, Bird & Bird;

Flick March, Security & Resilience - Country Practice Leader at Kyndryl; and

Sharon Pursey OBE, CEO at The SafeToNet Foundation and Co Founder and Head of Strategic Alliances, SafeToNet Ltd.

The evening will begin at 6:00pm with networking. The panel will run from 6:30 to 7:30, including Q&A. We'll wrap up by 7:45. This event will also be hosted on Zoom. We'll open the Zoom call at 6:20pm.

Please email info@wittgroup.org if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you on May 23rd!

The WiTT Board

Annette, Audrey, Helen, Michelle, Stephanie and Yasmeen

We ask that you observe all Health and Safety requirements, particularly in relation to Coronavirus. We recommend all attendees perform a lateral flow test before the event and refrain from attending if the result is positive or if you feel unwell. To ensure the safety and wellbeing of all visitors and staff, face coverings are required in the lifts and hand sanitising stations are accessible throughout the building.

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