High standard of awards entries

Nominations for the Enterprising Women Awards closed on 16 December, and we have been delighted with the response, with a fantastic number of applications received. This year there are eight

categories to celebrate East Midlands female talent across various levels and sectors including Apprentice of the Year, Team of the Year and the Outstanding Contribution to work in STEM Award which is a new category for 2020. Other accolades include

Female Employee of the Year, Social Commitment award, Female Entrepreneur of the Year, Small Business of the Year and of course Business Woman of the Year.

‘Don’t miss out on the Enterprising Women Breakfast Panel on 29 January 2020’

To assist with applications, previous Enterprising Women winner Rachel Hayward, Owner of Ask the Chameleon, hosted an insightful and enriching workshop to share tips on writing a fantastic award application – leaving delegates feeling empowered. Finally, don’t miss out on the

Enterprising Women Breakfast Panel on 29 January 2020 at Haarlem Mill in Derbyshire. This event is a must-attend if you have applied for the awards as the finalists for each category will be announced. A panel discussion will also take place around the theme of cultural diversity in business. We are looking forward to seeing you all there.

Best wishes, Jean and Eileen, Co-Chairs of Enterprising Women

For more information about Enterprising Women and the events we run, please visit you/enterprising-women

The return of Cyber Security Conference

The East Midlands Cyber Security Conference is fast approaching in the new year. Businesses, digital specialists and

policy makers are set to join together on 23 January at the University of Nottingham to discuss the latest developments, threats and new methods of protection in cybercrime. Forty two per cent of businesses

with 100 or more employees have fallen prey to a cyber-attack in the past year, according to figures released earlier this year from business and financial adviser and Chamber member Grant Thornton UK LLP. The report also suggests that the annual global cost of cybercrime is estimated to hit $6tr by 2021. The conference aims to map out

the current cyber-threat landscape by featuring a series of sessions around how businesses can be more cyber secure through the latest preventive measures. Real- life, non-public case study examples will be presented, combining the latest threat analysis to help delegates assess the corrective measures required to prepare against a possible attack. The day is designed to be beneficial to any business looking to understand the strategic decisions needed to ensure digital resilience; hear from industry leaders and experts; gain insights into the challenges the region faces from cyber criminals; establish a holistic, risk-based approach to cyber security and learn how to devise and implement continuity and recovery plans. Chamber strategic partner Air IT

and Chamber patron RDS Global are sponsoring the event. Lee Johnson, Chief Technology

Officer and Information Security Officer at Air IT, will be running a session around the increasing role of artificial intelligence in cybercrime, and how businesses

44 business network December 2019/January 2020

AGENDA 8:30am: Registration and networking 9am: Chair's opening address: Security in 2020 9:05am: First Steps on a journey to Cyber Security: RDS Global

9:30am: The life and times of a Data Protection/Privacy Officer - Speaker TBC

9:50am: IoT and Cyber Security – Dr Madeline Cheah, Cyber Security Innovation Lead, Horiba Mira

10:15am: Applying Big Thinking to Cyber Security - Dr Afzal Ashraf, Assistant Professor, International Relations Centre for Conflict Security and Terrorism, School of Politics and International Relations at Air IT

10:30am: Coffee break and networking

10:50am: Getting your governance right on Cyber Security – Sheila Pancholi, Technology Risk Assurance Partner, RSM UK

11:10am: Standard Methods of Protection – Lee Johnson, Chief Technology Officer, Air IT

11:30am: Ensuring Cyber Security Resilience with a Skilled Workforce – Speaker TBC

11:50am: We were attacked, what happened and what we did – Ian Major, The Sherwood Forest Trust 12.15pm: Lunch and networking

can better prepare against the new threats in conjunction with this. Lee said: “Air IT is delighted to

be sponsoring the Cyber Security Conference 2020. Through our specialist cyber security division, Air Sec, it’s our mission to provide leading-edge information and security services that build a safer cyber landscape for all. This event enables just that, with experts from across the field sharing the latest threats and safeguarding methods, and offering organisations of all size or sector the platform to maximise their protection.” RDS Global will also contribute

to the conference, running over the key cyber essentials all businesses

should adhere by. The session prioritises the key steps on the journey towards cyber security, starting with certification and the minimum Government standard. RDS Director Rob Kay said: “The

impact Cybercrime can have on business is a challenge many organisations need to consider and the Cyber Security Conference is the perfect opportunity to increase awareness and identify ways to mitigate risks. “RDS Global is delighted to

sponsor the event for a second consecutive year and look forward to informing delegates about the first steps on the journey to becoming cyber secure.”

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