Protecting emergency services as the threat of attack increases

The threat of a cyber attack is growing as criminals find new ways to expose and steal data – and no one is immune. This became all too clear this year, when the WannaCry ransomware attack infected hospital systems, leaving the UK health service in disarray.

Earlier in 2017, suspected Islamist hackers linked to Isis carried out an attack on a series of NHS websites. It saw the hackers take over sites and post images of violence, in what they said was a response to the West’s aggression in the Middle East.

And attacks to blue light services are happening across the globe. Last year in the US, a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack hit the emergency call system via a java script exploit that triggered phones and tablets to continuously call 911.

The rising cost of attack

Cyber crime is big business. Over the last few years, the estimated global cost of cyber attacks has reached over $400 billion a year and the average total cost of a data breach is now $3.8 million. This is set to get much worse: the projected global costs of cyber attacks by 2019 is expected to reach $2.1 trillion.

There are over a million web attacks against people each day, but 75% of all legitimate websites have unpatched vulnerabilities – putting all companies at risk. There is no better example of this than the recent WannaCry NHS attack, which was able to take hold through vulnerable XP systems no longer supported by Microsoft.

Preventing Cyber Attacks

The Future of Cyber Security: Blue Light Services looks to address these key issues ensuring firms have the tools and knowledge to keep their data secure.

The leading cyber security conference for senior professionals

Cyber News Group is proud to bring The Future of Cyber Security: Blue Light Services – a national cyber security conference that focuses on how organisations can protect themselves and citizens. 

Capitalising on the success of previous events in the series, this one-day cyber security conference brings over 300 senior decision-makers face to face with leading cyber security specialists. Covering the strategic needs of all emergency services organisations, the conference provides delegates with a unique opportunity to learn from the leading thought leaders in the field.

A programme with a difference

The Future of Cyber Security: Blue Light Services features a unique programme that allows delegates to choose the topics that interest them most.

Sessions in the morning will deliver top level intelligence briefings on the UK’s Cyber Security Centre’s work with blue light services, as well as a panel discussion about encryption and the government’s IP Act. Rather than simply delivering a generic overview of the latest developments, these sessions will be structured in a practical way that helps delegates to enhance the cyber security strategies of their organisations.

In the afternoon, delegates will learn key strategic information on the most important topics in cyber security at the moment, delivered by major organisations that are leading the thinking and development in these fields. There will also be the opportunity to find out how blue light services are coping with cyber security and data protection in the real world.

Learn more about The Future of Cyber Security: Blue Light Services or register as a delegate.

Unrivalled opportunities for cyber security specialists

The associated Future of Cyber Security: Blue Light Services exhibition provides suppliers in this field with an unrivalled platform to showcase their products and services. 

The exhibition will benefit from a high volume of visitors throughout the day, with the targeted nature of the conference drawing a national audience of senior decision-makers. 

Learn more about The Future of Cyber Security: Blue Light Services or contact us if you would like to register as an exhibitor. As always, we extend a very warm welcome to all our colleagues who share a commitment to improving data security.




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