20 Leading Law Firms attend Successful Cyber Security Seminar
Matrix247 in association with Cheshire & North Wales Law Society, UK Investigation Services, D2NA, Royal Bank of Scotland and Titan Police hosted an evening of informative speakers at their non-technical Cyber Security Seminar at the University of Law, Chester on Tuesday 12th April. Over 20 senior decision makers from the legal sector from the northwest and beyond gathered to enjoy a helpful, enlightening evening and to hear insights from Deborah Braithwaite, Stephen Pritchard, Matthew Satongar, Sara Hutton and Jennie Williams on how Cyber Security is escalating and how to prevent cyber attacks.
Deborah Braithwaite, P.I. and Director of UK Investigation Services, began by giving cyber crime examples across Cheshire and how to know your attacker. One example from the evening being "The UK is losing over £98 billion to fraud (over £20billion lost by SME's*)" - University of Portsmouth Centre for Counter Fraud Studies.
Stephen Pritchard, CEO of Matrix247, followed on by explaining Phreaking telecoms and Cyber threats to business mobile devices. Stephen regularly writes articles on advancements in the Communication market, how these affect the professional services sector, along with publishing papers around improving client experience and managing risk, these include definitive guides addressing Cyber threats to telecom systems and Mobile devices together with being a regular speaker at Professional service sector events.
Matthew Satongar, Technical Director at D2NA, gave us an expert's view on Cyber Essentials for your IT department and then gave a live hacking demonstration maximising the importance of staff knowledge on how to prevent cyber attacks. Staff can be educated on CAT Courses (Cyber Awareness Training) to help in preventing cyber attacks.
Sara Hutton, Head of Professionals Sector North at Royal Bank of Scotland taught the delegates on how to safeguard your firm and spoke about exposing online fraud and digital threats. Sara has over 20 years experience as a Relationship Manager with NatWest & RBS, last 8 years exclusively supporting the funding and other business requirements of law firms.
The evening rounded off with Jennie Williams from Titan Police, NW Regional Organised Crime Unit, talking about the Cyber Information Sharing Partnership. The evening was well attended, with Cheshire Law Society Director Denis Stevenson joining Managing Partners, Directors and Compliance Officers from over 20 leading law firms including Aaron & Partners Solicitors, Davis Blank Furniss and Birchall Blackburn to name a few.
"The feedback directly after this Cyber Awareness event has been tremendous. It has been without doubt one of the most interesting and content packed seminars we've seen and listened to in recent years."
- Denis Stevenson, Chester & North Wales Law Society
*SME make up 99% of businesses in UK.