The second annual Security Serious Week, sponsored by Mimecast, Netskope and NETconsent, will take place during European Cyber Security Month in October.
“Cyber security has never been more important and has a huge part to play in the continuity and resiliency of our country as a whole,” said Yvonne Eskenzi, director of Eskenzi PR and lead organiser of Security Serious Week. “We want the event to help make the UK plc more security savvy and to recognise the people who work tirelessly in the background day after day in our critical infrastructure, transport, banks, shops, universities and public services to provide an incredible service to our national safety, yet often go unnoticed.”
“There are incredible individuals striving to keep the services we rely on safe from cyber criminals, but there simply are not enough of them and those that we have need the aptitude to maintain their capabilities in an environment where there are constant and rapid changes to threats,” said Ian Glover, president of CREST, the not-for profit accreditation and certification body for the technical information security industry. “As an industry, we need to tackle the skills shortage head on and encourage the very best people to choose cyber security as a career path – an extremely, challenging, exciting and rewarding one. This is why initiatives such as Security Serious Week are so important in raising awareness of cyber security issues and also to promote the opportunities available.”
The Security Serious Unsung Heroes Awards are designed to give the professionals in IT security the recognition that they deserve for (often) going above and beyond the call of duty and saving their organisations from the likes of hackers, malware and virus infections. While most awards in the IT sector tend to focus on technology, these will honour the individuals and teams behind the technology. With categories such as Godfather of Security, CISO Supremo, Security Leader, Mobile Mogul and Cloud Security Superhero, around 20 awards will be given on the night. The awards have been backed by industry leaders including: Mimecast, Netskope, AlienVault, gsk, Publicis Groupe, CrowdStrike, Lastline, Proofpoint, whiteCryption, Imperva, Acumin, Canon, Smile on Fridays and Eskenzi PR.
Security Serious Week also features free webinars hosted by cyber-security experts to encourage others to become more security savvy. If you miss the live broadcasts of the webinars, they are available on demand for retrospective viewing indefinitely on the website.
Sarb Sembh, consultant at STORM Guidance and a member of the LCCI Cyber Security Working Group which increases awareness of cyber threats and encourages the use of best practices to help businesses improve their cyber resilience. www.stormguidance.co.uk