Cyber Security Breakfast - Planning and Prioritising for Success

Cyber Security Breakfast - Planning and Prioritising for Success
Published: 4 July 2019

On Wednesday 3rd July, Odgers Berndtson and Berwick Partners were delighted to host our Cyber Security breakfast, joined by an expert panel including Phil Smith, Former Chairman, Innovate UK, Niel Kempson, Former Director General, UK Government’s Technology Capability, Adam Palser, CEO, NCC and Neal Watkins, Chief Product Officer, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence. James Blackwood, a Consultant in Berwick Partners' Defence and Cyber Security Practice shares the insights from the event.

The event was attended by CEOs, General Managers, CIOs and CISOs, from a broad range of cyber security firms and corporates. The debate was broad and much ground was covered in a short space of time:

Insights included:

  • The journey to securing organisations has come a long way in the last ten years, but there still remains much room for significant improvement.
  • People, process and technology working in harmony remains Nirvana in protecting an organisation’s assets.
  • Normalise Cyber: Place it on main Board.
  • Diverse talent acquisition: hire diverse talent with aptitude, and train them in Cyber. Hiring Russell Group Computer Science graduates (or equivalent) remains important, but not a necessity.
  • Post incident, who is responsible? Device/service ‘provider’ or the ‘consumer’? Gen X/Y say the ‘provider’ is responsible.
  • Regulation: GDPR tightening up legislation. Government to define ‘what good looks like’.
  • Every company to undertake ‘Cyber Essentials’ and act on the country’s National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) 5 Questions.

There was nothing terribly new or ground breaking debated here, but it is always healthy to reaffirm insights and compare notes, for which the guests were grateful.

We’d like to thank the panel for their transparency and anecdotes. They provided confidence that our service providers continue to innovate and deliver secure solutions, protecting both our national security and ourselves, as consumers.

For more information, please contact James Blackwood, a consultant in the Defence and Cyber Practice at Berwick Partners.

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