#CyberFest 21 -Why you should go to Cyber security across manufacturing, industry and supply chains

Teesside University has played a role in each #CyberFest so far and this year is no exception. You might think that the cyber security issues are the same the world over yet the Tees Valley has a particular set of industries that are exposed to specific threats. Anyone who has ever driven south along the A19 will know that the area’s industry is dominated by commodity and integrated chemical producers. The proposed freeport development adds strength in logistics to the mix.

The use of technology is fundamental to the growth of the manufacturing and industrial sectors and these technologies need to be applied in a way that is secure, not only within the manufacturing process but across the whole supply chain. 

In this event, hosted by Teesside University, as well as cyber security, we will be covering two exciting initiatives, the Industrial Digitalisation Technology Centre (IDTC), the Made Smarter Technology Accelerator and exploring the role cyber security has in their future. We will also hear from MakeUK, the organisation that champions and celebrates British manufacturing and manufacturers.

Following introductions by both  Phil Jackman, Dynamo North East and CyberNorth, and Lynsey Robinson, Director, DigitalCity at Teesside University, we will hear from Aaron Maran – Policy Manager at Make UK, the manufacturer’s organisation. 

Dr David Hughes, Associate Professor, Materials Engineering at Teesside University will introduce us to the Industrial Digitalisation Technology Centre. Teesside University has launched the Centre to support SMEs in the Tees Valley to explore the opportunities Industry 4.0 technologies bring, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), big data analytics, modelling, simulation and sensor technology – creating an essential competitive edge that generates real value for businesses. All with serious cyber security considerations.

This will be followed by Dave Spencer, Growth Consultant Tees Valley Combined Authority who will talk about The Made Smarter Technology Accelerator. This is a national acceleration programme, set to fast forward and shape the UK’s technology solutions directly into industry, through the advancement and adoption of technology.

The last two presentations, Security by design from David Johnson, Cyber Security Director, Communicate Technology Plc and Cyber Security In The Gaming Industry, by Callum Duncan, Managing Director, Sencode will look at how cyber security considerations can be built into industrial process thinking.

The event will be held on 22 September 2021 12:00 – 14:30, hopefully both on site at the university and online. Tickets are free and available from here.

I hope to see you there!

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