The month of October was Cyber Security Awareness month and here at Sanderson, weíre very proud of our cyber security department. We sought to produce content that would be informative and useful for those in the cyber security industry as well for those who would like to expand their knowledge on the subject.
The Article We kicked off the month with an opinion editorial article, written by Mary Pearson, our head of Cyber & Information Security division, about the evolution and current position of women in the cyber security industry. Women in cyber; the path to 50/50 details how the industry deals with recruiting women historically, gender stereotypes within the industry, and how organisations are evolving the way in which they recruit women into the industry, at all levels.
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th October, Sanderson held a Cyber Security Breakfast Briefing on the topic of balancing managerial responsibilities and keeping up with the current industry trends. The event was named Virtually Impossible! Managing Conflicting Demands in Cyber Security and was held at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol, Sandersonís hometown.
The morning was led by Phil Greenwood, the co-founder and solution architect at Glacis, and Jonny Tyers, a Cloud Cyber Security Consultant and was structured in three parts; how staff can use the latest digital tech at work, how the board can become more involved in cyber security, and discussing threats, vulnerabilities and attacker techniques in the current cyber environment. Each topic brought some great ideas to the table and sparked some interesting discussion amongst attendees.
The event also highlighted the importance of board level buy-in for cyber security, an issue which was further explored in Mary Pearsonís video on the subject. Board level buy-in is vital as companies become aware of the growing cyber threat and development of cyber attacks; cyber security, according to Mary, must be integrated as a mind-set throughout the company and the cyber security department must be funded accordingly to keep up with industry developments.
ďDuring Cyber Security Awareness month we have raised awareness across a number of different platforms. We enjoyed hosting our first Bristol-based, Cyber Security Breakfast Briefing in early October which was a great success and the first of many similar round table events we will be looking to host, throughout the UK. We have also worked with our networks to engage around pertinent topics in this space such as how we can work together to encourage women into the cyber security field as well as commenting on board level buy-in for cyber security. We have not only broadened our internal understanding of this highly nuanced field but also prompted lots of further conversations based on this material. Moving forward, every month will be Cyber Security Awareness month for usÖ Why limit it to once a year?!Ē
- Mary Pearson, Delivery Manager Ė Cyber & Information Security
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