October is European Cyber Security Month, the EU’s annual awareness campaign. The aim is to raise awareness of cyber security threats, promote cyber security among citizens and organisations, and provide resources to protect themselves online, through education and sharing of good practices. The CIEHF’s Midlands Regional Group have organised an event featuring two presentations on this topic.
The first presentation will be given by Gemma Beardmore from Equilibrium, a Birmingham-based cyber security consultancy, entitled Cyber Crime from Behind the Mask. The session will include a demonstration of a hack to show how easy it is for cyber criminals to access data. Gemma will provide practical steps people can take to protect customer data from cyber threats. Equilibrium works with businesses to protect their most important asset – their data. Equilibrium has implemented multi-tiered infrastructure security solutions for many large organisations including NHS Trusts, financial organisations and legal firms. Gemma has over 10 years’ experience in the IT Industry and has a real passion for helping businesses to protect their data.
Amanda Widdowson will give a second presentation entitled Human Factors in Cyber Security in which she will talk about cyber security risks. She will include examples of cyber security attacks and where and how human factors can be applied to reduce risks. She will also present an approach to address these risks, including some case studies. Amanda is an experienced human factors consultant and manager, and has worked in the defence and rail industries for over 20 years. Her experience as a human error analyst in rail safety incident investigations and current role at Thales allowed her to develop an innovative approach to capture the human element in cyber security scenarios; the Cyber Human Error Assessment Tool (CHEAT). This approach can be applied proactively or post-incident and has attracted international interest.