European Cyber Security Month

The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) organised, for the 3rd year, the European Cyber Security Month initiative and during the month of October 240 activities were staged across 32 countries to raise awareness and share knowledge of cyber security.

In Wales, an event was organised by the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster in conjunction with the Research, Engagement & Innovation Services Team at Swansea University.

In the morning, delegates were able to browse table-top stands set up by cyber security specialist companies from the Cluster and research teams from the university and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. This provided a relaxed environment for people to ask questions, explore current issues and learn more about cyber security from experts in the field.

In the afternoon, the following presentations were run:-

Policy Theme - Jonathan Fortune, ICT Strategy for Welsh Government
Research Theme - Dr Madeleine Carr, Aberystwyth University
Education Theme - Dr Markus Roggenbach, Swansea University
Law Enforcement Theme - Detective Constable Craig Gillespie, Southern Wales Regional Cyber Crime Unit
Industry Theme - John Davies, Pervade Software Ltd
Small Business Theme - Kelvin Jones, Accelero Digital Ltd

The talk given by John Davies, Director of Sales & Marketing, provided an overview of the products and services that are provided by the cyber security industry within a framework for addressing cyber risk within an organisation. "There are certain things that organisations simple have to do" said John, "such as risk assessments, pen tests and security monitoring, which combine to provide the situational awareness needed to make decisions about more specific solutions".

The event was a great success and it will be staged again next year as an integral part of European Cyber Security Month in Wales.