Cyber security top of the agenda at Newcastle Business School Event

COMBATING the increasing threat of cyber criminals and protecting businesses from the potentially devastating dangers they pose is the focus of an event in Newcastle next week.

North East firms are invited to Audit Insights: Cyber Security – Closing the Cyber Gap, at which the threats posed by tech-savvy criminals will be outlined as well as practical advice on how best to protect against them.

Businesses and individuals are invited to be part of a panel discussion at Newcastle Business School, hosted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), taking place on December 4th from 12:00 – 14:00.

MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central and Shadow Minister for Digital Industries, Chi Onwurah will introduce the event and respond to comments made by the panellists.

Chi Onwurah said: “The North East boasts vibrant software, tech and creative industries and, as such, we should be leaders in cyber security, but so much more must be done to protect ourselves.

“This event will not only highlight dangers, but also offer solutions and I urge any business from any sector and of any size to attend.”

David Arthur, panel host and Deputy president of NorSCA (Northern Society of Chartered Accountants) said: “The vast majority of businesses are completely dependent on the use of digital technology, which has transformed the way companies operate and manage customer engagement.

“As the cyber threat towards businesses keeps growing there has been no let up in attacks. Recent surveys show evidence of high-profile breaches with continuing government concerns.

“The ICAEW wants to ensure that more firms transform their approach to cyber security and leave this event with an idea of how they can not only minimise the risk of cyber crime, but also know exactly what to do should they fall victim to it.”

With data an increasingly valuable commodity, companies must educate themselves on how best to protect their information. The event will look at how best to achieve this, improving secure communication in businesses and the need to consider the threat posed by cyber security throughout their operational processes.

The event will also look at how pressures to transform approaches to cyber security are also being felt by supply chains where risk management is important. Many high profile security breaches have occurred as a result of vulnerabilities in suppliers.

A 2015 audit update highlights specific examples of improvement such as emphasis on training to improve basic security behaviour, growing acceptance of the assumed state of compromise, and greater board engagement on identifying critical data.


Audit Insights: Cyber Security – Closing the Cyber Gap panel members:

  • Mark Brown (EY): Will summarise the new Audit findings and give advice for attendees that flow from it.
  • Phil Butler (Newcastle University): Will provide thoughts on how to spot and avoid fraud, particularly from the viewpoint of victims.
  • David Arthur (Tait Walker): Will discuss steps that businesses can take to protect themselves from cyber attacks.
  • Martin Wilson (Northumbria Police): Will discuss how police deal with cyber-crime and how attendees can best interact with police if they become a victim


For more information or to register for the event, please click here.

Or contact:

Joanne Lucking

ICAEW Regional Executive, Northern

T +44 (0)191 300 0532

M +44 (0)7876 035 951



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