Published: 08:23, 22 August 2019
| Updated: 20:45, 27 August 2019
A special one-day seminar on cyber security will take place at the University of Kent's Canterbury campus next month.
The Kent Cyber Security Forum aims to bring together businesses and organisations with problems and challenges with cyber security experts and researchers to discuss the threats and how to combat them.
It takes place on Thursday, September 5 and is hosted by the university’s Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS), one of only 19 UK government recognised academic centres of excellence in cyber security research.
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Organisers says the forum will be of interest to those working in private and public sectors, higher education and research institutions.
They say it will be of particular interest to SMEs and organisations without a dedicated cyber security team, as well as people who are interested in starting their own businesses but lack cyber security expertise.
World-renowned cyber security experts Mikko Hyppönen, chief research officer from F-Secure, and Dr Jessica Barker, co-founder and co-CEO of Cygenta will deliver the keynote talks.
A senior speaker from the National Cyber Security Centre, a part of GCHQ, will give an invited talk to start the event.
There will also be a stand and a short talk from Kent Police, with the force’s prevent and protect officer for cyber.
Across the day there will be free micro-consultancy opportunities, allowing participants to get bespoke advice on their own real-world cyber security problems from security experts in short one-to-one sessions.
There will also be exhibitions and demos from the university and other organisations.
Shujun Li, professor of cyber security at the university, said: "From phishing attacks to ransomware, cyber attacks are a real threat to organisations of all sizes including small and medium-sized businesses, large companies, the public sector and charities across the UK and the world.
"They are also an increasing threat, with an estimated one third of UK SMEs becoming victims of an attack last year.
"The event’s aim is to inform businesses and organisations not just of the types of cyber threat they need to be aware of but also to help them prepare for, prevent and deal with such threats to their day-to-day operations, in order to reduce costs and harm."