Why you should go to #CyberFest 21 – Cyber Security and Fraud

There is a long and obvious link between cyber security and fraud. Most cyber attacks are done for some sort of financial gain, and most cases of fraud now involve some form of cyber activity. Let’s face it, it seems to be much easier to steal money electronically than to break into a bank. You can WFH!

Cyber security also raises questions around ethics. There is the obvious angle that it is unethical to commit fraud but is it ethical for businesses to neglect their security and expose customers to greater risk, or hide information when they are hacked?

These are among the questions that we are going to address as #CyberFest joins up again with the North East Fraud Forum and the North East Initiative on Business Ethics to hold an online event on 16 September between 10:00 and 13:00 – Cyber security and fraud, what is happening, what you can do about it and the ethics of your action or inaction.

After the usual introductions the event will get underway with a talk from Paddy O’Keefe Regional Economic Crime Coordination Centre (RECCC) at the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU). That’s a lot of initials.

Then we get a view from the other side of the same coin, so to speak, when we hear from Jonny Gribben, Managing Associate Womble Bond Dickinson, on the lawyer’s role in managing the aftermath of cyber security incidents. This is followed by the first of our discussions and audience Q&A, led by Sharon McDonald, Professor of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and a Chartered Psychologist at  Sunderland University- ‘What more can the police, business and the public do to help each other?

What then can we do? Hopefully we will find out and the next two speakers may well help. Elizabeth Gardiner, Chief Executive of Protect asks ‘Does a whistleblowing policy help cyber security and fraud prevention?’ while Andrew Parkin – Bollington asks ‘Can you insure your way to good cyber security?’

 These presentations will be followed by our second discussion and Q&A led by Caroline Theobald, director of the North EAst Initiative on Business Ethics (NIBE) on ‘The ethics of action or inaction,’  and I will close the event with a round up and pose the question,  – Where do we go from here?

Tickets for this free event can be found here.

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