Fail to prepare. Prepare to fail: A SMEs guide to cyber-security

Tuesday 17th September 2019 | Oulton Hall

The question is no longer IF you will experience a cyber-security breach, but how best to prevent one and how quickly you can respond, and recover should the worst happen...

Tuesday 17th September 2019
09:30 - 12:00

Oulton Hall
Rothwell Lane, Oulton, Leeds LS26 8HN.  View Map

Who should attend: SME and Corporate organisations. IT & Technical Decision Makers, Business Owners and Managing Directors

Changes in the way that SMEs operate, with higher levels of remote working, adoption of Cloud systems such as Office 365, shadow IT and new compliance regulations such as GDPR, have left many SMEs in a challenged space. Enabling remote working, by default means opening-up key systems for outside access. Reputation is key for all businesses and will be affected if your email system is used to spread viruses. Compliance with GDPR both before and after a breach is a specialist field.

At the same time, cyber-security attacks are on the rise and threats are evolving at an ever-growing rate. In a recent PwC survey, 76% of SME’s identified cybercrime as the second largest threat facing their company and 97% reported that they are currently addressing cyber-security concerns. 

For any sized organisation these are significant challenges, but for SMEs exasperated by budget restraints, competing priorities and a lack of specialist technical skills it can be an overwhelming predicament. While many SME’s believe that achieving enterprise-grade security is unattainable, there are a vast amount of solutions and services available to suit any requirement and budget. With over 20 years’ experience, GCI is here to help advise you on the best methods to protect your business, on a budget.   

What you'll get at our exclusive event:
  • Learn how to take a holistic approach towards SME cyber-security through people, processes and technology
  • Learn about the most up-to-date cyber-security trends affecting SMEs, including Office 365 issues, mobility and the BYOD trend
  • Gain insight into the vast portfolio of GCI services available to complement SME security strategies whilst taking into consideration common constraints including:

  • Compliance - Assure that your security posture is aligned against some of the toughest compliance requirements including FCA, ISO, PCI and Cyber Essentials
    Budget - Learn about solutions to suit all requirements with minimal outlay
    Limited technical resource - Understand GCI’s portfolio of one-off Security Services that solve specific, key pain points by providing services that act as an extension of your IT team

  • Overviews of leading security solutions and services including SIEM, Managed Firewall and Multi-factor authentication
  • Real-life examples of SME customers who have utilised GCI’s security portfolio to protect their businesses and how you can do it too
  • Security Incident Response Team – learn how GCI’s SIRT can help you contain and recover following a security breach 

09.30 Registration and breakfast

10.00 Session 1 - Why is the security landscape changing for SMEs?

10.30 Session 2 - Overcoming common SME cyber-security challenges with Cyber Essentials and GCI Tactical and Managed Security Services

11.00 Refreshment Break

11.15 Session 3 - GCI Security protection in action – demonstration of GCI SIEM and detailed explanation of the GCI SIRT process

12.00 Q&A


Andrew Napier

Andrew Napier - Network, Infrastructure and Security Product Manager at GCI

Andrew looks after the Network, Infrastructure and Security Product Pillar at GCI which covers WAN and wired and wireless LAN and Protective Security. He also headed up the recent launch of Aruba products and services into the GCI portfolio including ClearPass Network Access Control. With over 18 years’ experience in WAN and Security solutions, Andrew sees the secure delivery of business-critical applications to users - irrespective of their means of access – as the most interesting and challenging topic facing the industry today.

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