UK Poised To Become Security Serious And Thwart Cyber Attacks

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Week-long event promoting cyber security offers education, dedication and celebration

London (UK). Starting next week, cyber criminals could find the UK a far less easy target thanks to Security Serious – a week long campaign that aims to arm individuals and organisations with the intelligence and capabilities to thwart attacks. Data breaches – such as that suffered by Yahoo, Pippa Middleton and Michelle Obama highlight how frequently cyber criminals are violating everyone’s privacy. Surfing the internet can be dangerous with celebrities, such as Amy Schumer, unwittingly exposing fans to viruses and malware. Even the US election is thought to be at risk from hackers.

Minister of State for Digital and Culture, Matt Hancock, said “We want the UK to be the safest place in the world to do business online, so it’s great to see Security Serious Week bringing businesses together to raise awareness of the cyber threat and how firms can protect themselves. I’d urge all businesses to get involved, draw upon the support on offer, and sign up to the Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme.”

The free five day event includes a physical conference and timetable of webinars, bringing together the highest calibre cyber security professionals all offering their pearls of wisdom with a single focus – encourage UK citizens and businesses to take security seriously and stand up to cyber criminals by defending their devices and enterprises, educating them to the risks posed from their online behaviour, and highlighting the wonderful opportunities a career in cyber security offers.

For the first time this year, Security Serious includes the Unsung Heroes Awards. A glittering ceremony on Tuesday evening, the event will honour the unsung heroes who work tirelessly to avert disasters from attacks against our critical national infrastructure, defend their networks from the daily onslaught of breaches and highlight the cyber pitfalls to educate everyone.

Yvonne Eskenzi, Director of Eskenzi PR and lead organiser of Security Serious Week confirms, “The daily headlines of hacks and breaches emphasises the challenges the UK, and the rest of the world, faces – but that doesn’t mean we should roll over. Security Serious week offers everyone the opportunity to learn about the real threats faced and how to fight back against these criminals. The introduction of the Unsung Heroes Awards means professionals from the private and public sectors, plus media and bloggers, will finally gain the recognition they deserve. Hopefully, these individuals will act as ambassadors for the profession, encouraging any promising hackers to join the good fight rather than be lured over to the dark side.”

Security Serious

Security Serious26th to 30th October 2015 is Security Serious Week - five days dedicated to businesses who take security seriously and want to share their IT security experiences with other businesses to make UK Plc a safer place to trade online. Over 50 of the world’s most renowned experts in cyber-crime and security have committed to offer their time and expertise FOR FREE to others who want to become more security savvy and cyber-aware. The campaign has attracted the support of a range of large businesses, universities, associations and government bodies including: Unilever, BT, HP Security Voltage, Canon UK, HSBC, Publicis Groupe, GlaxoSmithkline, as well as the Department of Culture, Media and Sports plus many of the world’s leading IT security vendors. Security Serious is all about the IT security industry, and the professionals that work within it, getting together to take Security Seriously.

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