Author Gary Hibberd
Note to Cyber companies: Cyber Security doesn’t have to be dull
I will start by reminding you that Agenci are NOT event managers. Putting on conferences or events is not our world, but we enjoy a challenge and we believe passionately that ‘cyber’ needs to be discussed in an engaging and helpful way. Basically, we wanted to run an event which would be unlike any other ‘cyber security’ event: We wanted it to be interesting.
What we wanted to do was put on an event that contained all the things we hope for when we go to an event. Usually we leave with disappointment and a carrier-bag full of pens. We wanted an event that was heavy on content, but light in delivery.
There are so many conferences talking about Cyber, how could we put on an event that would achieve this? The answer can be provided in two words – Diversity and Entertaining.
‘Cyber’ now encompasses so much more than IT, yet the vast majority of conferences focus on technical solutions to our interconnected world. We’re not saying that IT isn’t important, but we are saying that if you only focus on IT then you’re missing so much more that Cyber involves.
We wanted to put on an event that covered as many aspects of this ‘new world’, so it needed to touch on the physical, the human and of course the technical aspects of Cyber and how we secure it.
We wanted speakers from technical companies, from law firms, from business and from the Police. We knew with speakers from these areas we would be able to do the topic of Cyber Security the justice it deserves.
But we wanted more than this.
We wanted the attendees to not only learn something at the conference but also enjoy the day (I don’t know about you, but I often feel this is the bit that a lot of conferences forget to do!)
So to enable this to happen we wanted to end the morning session and the afternoon session with something a little different. So that’s what we did.
We also told each of the speakers that we were taking the ‘TED’ approach to speaking. This simply meant that the speakers had only 20 minutes to talk. This is enough time to get over key points without over complicating matters and worse still, boring the audience.
After 12 months of planning and hard work, conference day was here. On October 20th 150 people gathered at ‘Aspire’ in Leeds to hear our speakers and to learn that we need to Re-Think Cyber. If you weren’t there then you really missed an amazing event.
A look at the agenda will show you just how much we covered in just one day;
- The Cyber Landscape
- Cyber Security and the National Infrastructure
- Cyber Security and the Law
- The known unknowns of cyber security
- Cyber Stalking, Cyber Abuse and Trolling
- The impact of Crisis and Disaster on People
- Crisis Management & Disaster Recovery of a Cyber Event
- Hacking without hacking (or at least, not much)
- Inspirational Speaker
- Insights of a Professor of Criminology
- Cyber Crime and the Police
- Tear up what you think you know about cyber insurance
- Key Note Speaker
- Comedian / Conference Close
If you want more information about the conference you can see it here www.cybersecurityeurope.com
True to our word we wanted to end the morning and the afternoon section with something different, so we asked Gold medalist Olympian, Naomi Riches MBE (now with Thomas International) to tell her story. To be clear, her story has no ‘cyber’ aspect to it, except to say that her story is one of resilience, trust and hard work (which we need in cyber too!). Meeting her is a delight and I know many people were touched by her story.
Most conferences close with a key note speaker who will draw on key points highlighted during the day, but we wanted this to be entertaining – so we hired the fantastic comedian, Alfie Moore. Previously he served in the Police for 18 years before becoming a professional comedian. So he has a fantastic take on how policing works and gave a humorous take on what he had heard during the day.
Networking and Feedback
The day finished with many people staying for a drink in the bar hosted and sponsored by Agenci and Clarion solicitors. There was a genuine buzz about the day and the feedback we received has been very positive. Phrases such as ‘World class event’, ‘Engaging throughout’, ‘Flawless’, ‘Inspirational’ and ‘Professional and slick’ were words used to describe our speakers and the conference. These aren’t words often used when describing a conference about ‘cyber’!
Let me end by repeating what I said at the outset, we are not an events company. We are Security professionals. Proud of that fact and passionate about the topic. But it’s because we are passionate about this topic that we put this event on and will be doing it again in 2016.
We are already talking about what the event will look like in 2016 (“bigger, better and funnier” are words I heard last night) and we will begin to promote the event over the coming weeks and months.
We were almost over-subscribed this year so we’re making sure we promote the event as soon as possible and this will then determine where the event will be held. If you’re interested in purchasing tickets at reduced rates, then simply click this link.
If you’re interested in sponsoring the event, speaking at the event or being involved in any way, then please do get in touch. I would love to hear from you. Simply drop me a line at Ghibberd@theagenci.com or call me on 0845 4133 666.
I look forward to seeing you soon.
Agenci Information Security is responsible for protecting businesses from cyber threats, cyber-attack, internal threats and business outages. Agenci Information Security ensures clients systems are secure and provide peace of mind through a range of proven specialist information security solutions.
If you want to contact Gary please click here, or email him @ firstname.lastname@example.org . You can also call him on 0845 4133 666