The State of Cybersecurity: Public Sector 2021

Presented by

David Brown, High Speed Two | Ian Porteous, Check Point | Patrick Keane, Bracknell Forest Council | Vebz Panchal, Microsoft

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Did you know that organisations from the Government and Military Sector in UK&I faced an average of 352 weekly cyber-attacks in mid-2021, while those in Education and Research faced no less than 571 weekly attacks? This is a 34% and 43% increase respectively from the previous year. As those in Higher Education, Public Transportation, Government, and the NHS are in the midst of their digital transformation journeys, cybercriminals are eager to take advantage of digital growing pains. Public sectors are attractive targets to cybercriminals because they keep a wealth of information on citizen activity and government operations. As remote and hybrid working becomes the norm for many, public sectors are struggling with pre-existing vulnerabilities and outdated cyber security systems. But what can those in the public sector do to keep themselves safe while on their digital transformation journey? Join this panel discussion to hear insights from Public Sector security leaders and learn more about: - Public Sector cybersecurity threats and trends in 2021 and beyond - Digital transformation in the Public Sector, and the associated cyber risks - Key tools to secure your sensitive data and critical infrastructure - Lessons learned and best practices to strengthen the security of your endpoints, networks, and cloud environments Panel Speakers: - David Brown, Head of Information Management at High Speed Two - Ian Porteous, Regional Director, Security Engineering UK&I at Check Point - Patrick Keane, Former Head of IT at London Borough & CIO at Bracknell Forest Council - Vebz Panchal, Senior Architect, Azure Cloud & AI, CTO Office at Microsoft
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