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Council cyber-attack in the spotlight at Gloucestershire Business Show

PUBLISHED: 10:44 17 February 2016 | UPDATED: 10:44 17 February 2016

Left to Right - Antonia Coles and Peter Allison Gloucestershire Business Show

Left to Right - Antonia Coles and Peter Allison Gloucestershire Business Show

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Gloucestershire Business Show 2016 - Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 May. The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse - Register your free place to attend

Two years ago a local authority in Gloucestershire was attacked by hackers. It threatened to disrupt the day-to-day operation of the council and delivery of local public services and ultimately had the potential to compromise national security, which resulted in the involvement of security experts at GCHQ.

The cyber-attack on Gloucester City Council’s IT network will be among the topics explored at the Gloucestershire Business Show.

Visitors to the two-day event will be able to take part in real-life scenarios to show how cyber-attacks can threaten businesses and learn what can be done to reduce their organisation’s vulnerability.

The Safer Cyber Hub, sponsored by Gloucestershire Constabulary, will include a programme of events and talks and will be used as a space where cyber related businesses can collaborate, compare notes and network. PC Mark Godsland, Safer Cyber Advisor, said: “We are looking forward to offering appropriate, realistic awareness and proactive advice from a variety of diverse industry experts at the innovative Safer Cyber Hub. “We will be providing two short scenario-based learning opportunities per day where delegates can play the part of leading authorities via a version of a historical cyber-attack. “Participants will gain a valuable insight to what can occur and what actions are necessary to deal with the event itself and the aftermath.”

Following their involvement in last year’s show, Gloucestershire Constabulary set up a Safer Cyber Forum to enable businesses to have a free-of-charge access point where they could get advice. Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl added: “I want us to be proactive in our approach to building a safer cyber environment for Gloucestershire and I believe the business community has a big part to play in developing partnerships that really do make a difference.”

The Gloucestershire Business Show takes place at The Centaur, at Cheltenham Racecourse, on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 May and will be free for visitors.

There will be space for 140 exhibitors offering a wide range of stand sizes and costs designed for the micro SME through to the international corporations plus an awards evening at Pittville Pump Room. The show will give delegates an opportunity to speak with more than 2,000 business people, including CEOs, managing directors and business owners, learn about new business initiatives in Gloucestershire, source new products and suppliers and ultimately increase sales. It will include stages featuring keynote speakers and expert panel sessions as well as technology, cyber, innovation and training hubs offering advice and seminars.

Co-organiser Antonia Coles, from County Business Shows, said: “Cyber-crime is an issue we all have to face up to. “The Safer Cyber Hub will allow businesses to engage with Gloucestershire Constabulary and other partners who are creating a stimulating, active and engaging space. “It will be a real eye-opener for businesses so we would urge people to book their space at the show now to avoid disappointment.”

Links for the four different cyber workshops are below: http://gbscyberworkshopone.eventbrite.co.uk

Applications for exhibiting are now open.

For more information email exhibitors@business-shows.co.uk or visit www.gloucestershire-business-show.co.uk

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