We are now in the UK's first Cyber Resilience Week, comprising 40 events held from 11th to 15th September, across the country and online, dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of leadership and action in cyber-resilience
It is kicking off on social media with its Thunderclap awareness campaign aiming to reach more than a million people.
The initiative says it will offer 2,400 leaders access to best practice; allowing them to build stronger networks and a better understanding of the new thinking and innovation needed in managing effective resilience for their organisations.
Topics include GDPR; people and their behaviours; culture and cyber; charities and local government; cyber-crime; public sector and cloud based cyber-resilient services; SMEs and protecting business; boardroom skills; keeping communities safe online and the internet of things.
Active event partners include: AXELOS RESILIATM, the London Digital Security Centre, Lloyds Banking Group, UKCloud, Invotra, the Crown Commercial Service, HPE, aql, Nominet, Microsoft, SCC, Informed Solutions, The Cyber Club in the South West, Wolfberry, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, CyNation, the UK Israel Hub, Communicate Technology, Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub, Downtown Lancashire in Business and the Wheatley Group among others.
Minister for Digital Matt Hancock issued a statement saying: “We have world-leading businesses, but recent cyber-attacks have shown the serious effects of not getting cyber-security right. I welcome this week of events to help raise awareness and urge senior executives to work with the National Cyber Security Centre and take up the Government's advice and training."
Digital Leaders CEO Robin Knowles added “Leaders have a key role to play in protecting our most valuable and precious information – the information that drives our future success. We need to work harder to ensure cyber resilience is accepted as a part of everything that we do.”
John Unsworth, chief executive, London Digital Security Centre commented: “the Digital Leaders network is allowing us to reach the leaders we want to engage with to secure our businesses and organisations in a digital age”.
This week also sees a range of leading UK banks, insurers and telecom companies looking at cyber-security solutions from Israel as part of an effort by the British Government to protect companies and institutions from cyber attacks. From today, Aviva Insurance, BT, Goldman Sachs, RBS, Visa and others are hosting leading Israeli cyber-security startups for a series of targeted events in London. The 12 startups are a part of TeXchange, a programme by the British Embassy in Israel that connects UK companies to promising digital solutions.
The UK Israel Tech Hub, a team within the British embassy, strives to tackle those threats through connecting the British companies to advanced solutions from Israel.
Ayelet Mavor, acting director of the UK Israel Tech Hub, said: “Israel is a major world player in cyber-security solutions, both commercially and in research. There are nearly 400 Israeli cyber companies, totaling around eight percent of global cyber-exports. We are confident UK companies can gain a competitive edge on their security needs by partnering with Israel's cyber industry”.
TeXchange, organised annually by the UK Israel Tech Hub, has already resulted in more than 20 signed UK-Israel partnership deals. In past years, TeXchange focused on retail-tech, fintech, smart mobility and other areas. Hundreds of UK companies and over 60 Israeli startups took part in TeXchange activities so far, with this year's programme being the largest in terms of UK participation.
Mike Hodgson, head of innovation engagement at BT, which will host TeXchange's Cyber Innovation Showcase on 13 September, said: "BT is a world leader in cyber security, with a global team of dedicated security professionals working around the clock to protect BT, its corporate and consumer customers and the UK's critical national infrastructure against emerging cyber threats. We are thrilled to be hosting an event which brings together a wide-ranging corporate audience and leading tech entrepreneurs to discuss the latest emerging technology innovations which will keep the UK ahead of the rapidly growing cyber-crime industry.”