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SOLVD and Cyber Quarter to host tech leaders’ forum on cyber security

SOLVD and the Cyber Quarter are hosting ‘Tech Leaders Forum: Cyber Security’ a free event for Shropshire businesses to learn more about advances in cyber security threat intelligence and best practice on dealing with cyber security breaches.

The session, which runs on 20 April, between 10 am and 11:30 am, is aimed at CEOs, senior managers and chief technology officers from small and medium businesses in Telford, Shropshire and across the Marches.

Reader in Cyber Security and Deputy Director of the Wolverhampton Cyber Research Institute (WCRI) Dr Haider al-Khateeb, one of the event’s speakers, said: “Disruptive technologies introduce business opportunities but inevitably continue to proliferate the threat landscape in our fragile cyber ecosystem. And this is only made worse by Covid-19, as home working has only increased cyber security risks.

“This presentation will strategically discuss trending cyber security threats and the current state-of-the-art approaches to boost businesses readiness through cyber threat intelligence.

“During the session, we’ll explain how participants can get access to University expertise and to funding to diagnose and develop their company’s cyber posture.”

According to a Government report released last year, 80 per cent of businesses consider cyber security to be a high priority. Nearly half of all UK businesses recognise that they have a basic cyber security skills gaps, especially as attacks and technology become increasingly sophisticated.

The report also shared that almost half of businesses and a quarter of charities reported having cyber security breaches or attacks over a 12-month-period, causing significant disruption.

Cyber security breaches and attacks can result in a number of long term costs, including: loss of share value; loss of investor funding; long-term loss of customers; and additional costs from handling customer complaints, fines, compensation and legal costs. This can add up to millions of pounds.

Other speakers at the free online event are Tony Proctor, Principal Lecturer and Consultant at the University of Wolverhampton, and Gabriela Ahmadi-Assalemi, University of Wolverhampton PhD researcher and Deputy Chief Information Security Officer at University of Cambridge.

Bookings for the event, and further information, are available on EventBrite

SOLVD is an initiative run by the University of Wolverhampton and Telford and Wrekin Council, and the Cyber Quarter is a joint venture between the University and Herefordshire Council.

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