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September 23, 2016updated 26 Sep 2016 1:37pm

Cyber security pros prepare for Security Serious Week 2016

The winners of the Unsung Heroes awards will be announced on Tuesday 4 October during Security Serious Week.

By CBR Staff Writer

Security Serious Week 2016, an event that will bring together cyber security experts from across the UK, is set to kick off on 3 October.

The second annual event will take place during European Cyber Security Month, beginning with a conference hosted by the Department for Media, Culture and Sport on 3 October and running until 7 October.

There will be webinars and discussion events throughout the week. Executives from GlaxoSmithKline, HSBC, Publicis Groupe and CREST will all feature in the agenda.

The winners of the Unsung Heroes awards, which recognise the people in security rather than the products, will be announced on Tuesday 4 October during Security Serious Week.

Last year 2500 people participated.

“Cyber security has never been more important and has a huge part to play in the continuity and resiliency of our country as a whole,” said Yvonne Eskenzi, Director of Eskenzi PR and lead organiser of Security Serious Week.

“We want Security Serious Week to not only help make the UK plc more security-savvy, but also to recognise the people who work tirelessly in the background day after day in our critical infrastructure, transport, banks, shops, universities and public services to provide an incredible service to our national safety, yet often go unnoticed.”

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“There are incredible individuals striving to keep the services we rely on safe from cyber criminals, but there simply are not enough of them and those that we have need the aptitude to maintain their capabilities in an environment where there are constant and rapid changes to threats,” said Ian Glover, president of CREST, the not-for profit accreditation and certification body for the technical information security industry.

“As an industry, we need to tackle the skills shortage head on and encourage the very best people to choose cyber security as a career path – an extremely, challenging, exciting and rewarding one. This is why initiatives such as Security Serious Week are so important in raising awareness of cyber security issues and also to promote the opportunities available.”

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