Cyber Month Events 2021

Cyber Month is an annual event held globally every October. The NI Cyber Security Centre working with a number of partner organisations have put together an extensive programme of events for citizens, businesses and public sector organisations.

Throughout October our aim is to provide up-to-date online security information through awareness-raising and sharing of good practices on the importance of being cyber secure.

A full list of events are detailed below. Up to date event timings and registration details will be included as they become available.

Cyber Month 2021 - Events Timetable

While events are open to everyone the month has been structured to have something for everyone with each day having a particular themed focus.

  • Monday - Small business and voluntary and community sector
  • Tuesday - Medium to large organisations - Management focus
  • Wednesday - Medium to large organsiation - Technical focus
  • Thursday - Citizen events
  • Friday -  Various technical talks.

Monday 4th October

Event: Cyber Aware - Passwords, Patch, Prepare
Theme: Cyber Awareness
Speakers: NCSC
Audience: Voluntary & Community Organisations / Small Businesses
Time: 10:00 - 11:00

Description: SMEs & charities cover a huge range of organisations and often do not have the budget of large organisations to spend on cyber security.

Cyber security might seem like a daunting challenge for your organisation, but it doesn’t have to be. Every organisation can start improving their online security by taking six actions, tailored for the SME & charity community, that are both practical and affordable to implement.

Although the NCSC cannot guarantee protection from all types of cyber attack, our advice and guidance can significantly reduce the chances of your organisation becoming a victim of a cyber crime.
 

Tuesday 5th October

Cloud Basics
Theme: Cyber Awareness
Speakers: Andy Bunn, Security Specialist Solutions Architect, AWS and Mark Evans, Security & Compliance Leader, AWS
Audience: Big Organisations / Public Sector
Time: 10:00-11:30

Description: Ensuring security and compliance is a shared responsibility between a Cloud Service Provider and the customer. In this session we will look at some of the basic concepts in cloud security, alongside some of the many business and security benefits that can be found from migrating workloads to the cloud. We will look at how you can use AWS to help meet your organisations security and compliance needs and bust a few cloud security myths along the way. 
 

Wednesday 6th October

Protecting Assets
Theme: Cyber Awareness
Speakers: Andy Bunn, Security Specialist Solutions Architect, AWS 
Audience: Cloud Tech
Time: 10:00-11:30

Description: As you start on your journey to the cloud, you want to employ the appropriate controls and measures to protect your workloads and data. In this session we will look at some of the common approaches and technologies used to secure workloads in the cloud. We will focus on the architectural concepts and security controls, demonstrating how to implement some of these in AWS. Topics will include; Encryption, Key Management, Logging, Auditing, Identity and Access Management, Detective and Preventative Detective controls.
 

Thursday 7th October

Cyber Aware (NCSC)
Theme: Cyber Awareness
Speakers: NCSC
Audience: Citizen
Time: 10:00 - 11:00

Description: Cyber security might not seem relevant in your personal life to you and your family, but it is. For example, online shopping, viewing social media and using apps are some of the instances where it is good to have cyber security in place. The NCSC has a range of resources  suitable for all ages to improve you and your families cyber security.

Although the NCSC cannot guarantee protection from all types of cyber attack, our advice and guidance can significantly reduce the chances of you becoming a victim of a cyber crime.
 

Friday 8th October

The CISO toolkit 
Theme: Cyber Awareness
Speakers: Nemstar - Sean Hanna
Audience: Technical Thoughts (large/medium organisations)
Time: 14:30- 16:00

Description:  Your fiduciary duties as a director reflect a relationship of trust and loyalty between yourself, the company, its members, and stakeholders. The expectation is that you will act in good faith and the best interests of the company. It applies equally no matter the size, type, or turnover of your business. The Chief Information Security Officer plays a vital role in the good governance of IS & Cyber. They act as trusted advisors, helping the board understand and effectively manage risks in their portfolio and meeting their fiduciary duties.

The CISO Toolkit session will examine the role of the CISO in IS & Cyber GRC from the board’s perspective. The session will cover the frameworks, standards, toolkits, teams and processes they use to build the trust and transparency that strong governance demands. Understand the difference between an organic IT Security response and an Information Security Assurance structure and how the board can take both control and ownership of IS & Cyber Risks.

That might work for large businesses, but a dedicated board-level resource is a luxury that many cannot justify. Taking the CISO Toolkit as best practice, learn how to apply the same principles to smaller organisations without a dedicated CISO or the conflicts-of-interest that come with 3rd party consultancy.
 

Monday 11th October

Security for Boards, Board Toolkit 
Theme: Cyber Security Planning
Speakers: NCSC
Audience: Voluntary & Community Organisations / Small Businesses
Time: 11:00 - 12:00

Description: An introduction to NCSC’s Board Toolkit. Cyber Security can be an intimidating topic to approach as a board member, or a someone who needs to talk to the board about it. The Board Toolkit provides resources to help manage these interactions.
 

Tuesday 12th October

Developing Cloud Strategy
Theme: Cyber Security Planning
Speakers: Microsoft
Audience: Big Organisations / Public Sector
Time: 10:00-11:30

Description: The conversation is progressing from "Should we move to cloud" to "When we move to cloud". A successful, and secure, cloud strategy has so many moving parts, from data export/import and virtualising network infrastructure, to Zero Trust security and Cloud native processes/tools. In these sessions we will examine some of the key considerations in developing a strategic approach that focuses on enabling Business Outcomes with the least friction possible. 


Wednesday 13th October

IAM in Multi Cloud Environments
Theme: Cyber Security Planning
Speakers: NCSC
Audience: Cloud Tech
Time: 10:00-10:45

Description: The NCSC will talk through the move to a cloud-backed identity service, including avoiding common pitfalls and maximising the opportunities such as single-sign on that comes with it. We will touch on the challenges that come with a multi-cloud strategy and how a centralised identities can become a component for future Zero Trust-style enterprise architectures.


Thursday 14th October

Using Internet Safely
Theme: Developing Cyber Capability
Speakers: Sam Kincaid - PSNI
Audience: Citizen
Time: 10:00- 11:00

Description: Whether it’s the small family firm, your children playing online or your own accounts, adopting a small number of cyber behaviours can help secure you from a significant number of commonly seen attacks. Join the PSNI Cyber Crime Protect team as they discuss the type of attacks seen locally here in Northern Ireland and the steps you can take to help protect your accounts.
 

Friday 15th October

Augmenting Defence In Depth With Zero Trust Methodologies
Theme: Cyber Security Planning
Speakers: Raluca Saceanu - Smarttech247
Audience: Technical Thoughts (large/medium organisations)
Time: 10:00 - 10:45

Description: The ever-evolving threat landscape shows that organisations need to change their security strategy. Zero Trust is becoming the security model of choice for public and private organisations around the world. Throughout 2021, 42% of organisations have embraced this model and recent announcements on government initiatives on cybersecurity have influenced this decision. In this session of Augmenting Defence In Depth With Zero Trust Methodologies, Raluca Saceanu, COO of Smarttech247 will do a deep dive into what exactly it means to adopt a zero trust strategy, how to tackle the challenge and why it is imperative for your security strategy - regardless of organisation size.
 

Monday 18th October

Ransomware the Other Side of Response
Theme: Developing Cyber Capability
Speakers: NCSC
Audience: Voluntary & Community Organisations / Small Businesses
Time: 10:00 - 11:00

Description: Ransomware is one of the most pressing cyber security threats for organisations of all sizes. Join the NCSC for an overview of ransomware and how you can mitigate the risks.

Register via Eventbrite
 

Tuesday 19th October

Top Threats CCM and 14 Principles
Theme: Developing Cyber Capability
Speakers: NCSC
Audience: Big Organisations / Public Sector
Time: 10:00

Description: The NCSC will talk through its approach to cloud security. It will include a discussion of the new risks that come with moving from on-premises to the cloud, and the security advantages to moving to a good cloud. The discussion will then move on to outlining the NCSC's cloud security principles, why we took that approach and how we suggest that they be used. 

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Wednesday 20th October

DevSecOps
Theme: Developing Cyber Capability
Speakers: Microsoft - Simone Curzi
Audience: Cloud Tech
Time: 10:00-11:30

Description: Whether we speak to customers, Executives and Senior Leadership, or to engineers, analysts, and architects, we hear the same pain point. What does continuous security even look like? Right now the industry is seeing an incredible mindset shift because of the expansion of highly impactful cyber threats that change quickly, how can industry keep up? Microsoft has itself responded to this very challenge, in these sessions we will hear from the front lines of what we refer to as Secure DevOps or SecDevOps. We will provide insights gained from our international customer experiences, and share some very real "lessons learned".

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Thursday 21st October

Cyber Safety for Older Adults
Theme: Developing Cyber Capability
Speakers: Allstate NI
Audience: Citizen
Time: 15:00-16:00

Description: Bring your parents, grandparents, aunts or neighbors. Help the older adults in your life protect themselves against phishing scams, cyber fraud and identity theft. They’ll learn how create secure passwords, check privacy settings, avoid common phishing or smishing attempts and navigate the internet securely. This lively interactive one-hour Zoom call will enlighten adults of all ages and questions are welcome.

Register via Allstate NI


Friday 22nd October

Managing Cyber Risk in the Modern Digital Age
Theme: Developing Cyber Capability
Speakers: Allstate NI - Hugh Kirk (GRC Director)
Audience: Technical Thoughts (large/medium organisations)
Time: 10:00 - 11:30

Description: Are you managing Cyber Risk in the Modern Digital Age? We’re in the midst of a digital revolution where Cloud, Mobile, Social and Information platforms are causing an explosion in the creation and distribution of data. Learn how to effectively manage the risk and security of information in your organisation.

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Monday 25th October

CIRP and Insurance
Theme: Resilience
Speakers: NCSC
Audience: Voluntary & Community Organisations / Small Businesses
Time: 10:00 - 11:00

Description: Cyber Insurance and Incident Response can be difficult fields for organisations to navigate. In this session, we’ll cover some topics you might consider when taking out a cyber insurance policy, or engaging a CIR service.

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Tuesday 26th October

CIRP and BCP
Theme: Resilience
Speakers: Andy Bunn, Security Specialist Solutions Architect, AWS and Mark Evans, Security & Compliance Leader, AWS
Audience: Big Organisations / Public Sector
Time: 10:00-11:30

Description: Why shift security left when you can shift it EVERYWHERE! In this session we will look at what it means to build a culture of security and what it takes to achieve this shift. We will look at the benefits both business and security and give you some practical tips on how you can start this change in your own organisation.

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Wednesday 27th October

Developing BISOs
Theme: Resilience
Speakers: Microsoft - Simon Gardiner
Audience: Cloud Tech
Time: 10:00-11:30

Description: With the acceleration and growth of cyber threat events in the past two years, many organisations are looking with ever greater interest to the CISO's organisation, and consequently the figures who own security within business units. In many ways the BISO is a new role, and many businesses are still settling on what the role truly is. In these sessions we will think deeply, but pragmatically, about what should lie close to the heart of the Business Information Security Officer.

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Thursday 28th October

Personal Resilience
Theme: Resilience
Speakers: Gerard Pollock -PSNI
Audience: Citizen
Time: 10-11:00

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Friday 29th October

Faster Recovery Techniques
Theme: Resilience
Speakers: Tom Digan, Cyber Resilience Director, Dell Technologies Ireland and Northern Ireland
Audience: Technical Thoughts (large/medium organisations)
Time: 10:00 -11:30

Description: Expect the unexpected
Are you prepared for a Cyber-Attack?
1. Examples of the recent ransomware attacks and their impact
2. Recommendations from analysts and experts
3. What do businesses need to do to ensure their data is available for recovery
4. Technical options and solutions

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