UKUPC Cyber Security Webinar - Recording available


On the 14th September, UKUPC held the first webinar in a planned series of events which are open for NWUPC Members (as part of UKUPC) to attend for free.  The next UKUPC event takes place on Thursday 25th November 2021 and will cover Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in procurement, further details to be sent out shortly. 

UKUPC Cyber Security Webinar

Three expert speakers shared their knowledge and experience of attacks, along with their advice on mitigating and managing risk.  The session was recorded and can be watched via the video below.  Please feel free to circulate this to colleagues in your institution who may find it useful; we know this is not just an IT problem, so consider governance, HR, procurement and finance partners.


Each of the panellists was asked - What's the one piece of advice you want delegates to take away: 

Steve Kennett advised:  Don’t panic!  Understand the risk to your organisation, be prepared and know who to contact.  Talk to your technical team regularly.  In the event of an attack – don’t forget your people, they will need your support.

Phil Webster advised:  Contextualise your risk. Cyber and data protection insurance is often referenced as nice to have but it shouldn’t be a last thought; Risk profiles have changed and costs have changed, so procurement needs to start the conversation early with a good insurance buying strategy.  Start with a clean piece of paper, link in with your risk register, and match your requirements with that.  Also, use your broker, there are a huge range of policies out there, a broker will help you identify the good from the bad.

James Rockliffe advised, keep talking but listen well!  This is no longer a mythical issue, there are persons throughout the country who sadly now have hard experience on this.  Liaise with a really broad range of people, your colleagues, peers, purchasing consortia working groups and those who have been through this, there is a lot to learn.

You also have access to some great resources too:

Jisc holds a wide range of information on its dedicated cyber security pages. Also, they share excellent insight into the cyber security landscape in HE and FE in a dedicated survey response document.

The National Cyber Security Centre has a wealth of useful information and advice on gaining buy in, incident response plans and policy.

Last but not least, from Gallagher, you can read their State of the Market document on Cyber & Data Protection Insurance which provides a neat summary of the challenges in the market and some potential solutions in approach.