Not every emergency has to be a disaster webinar, October 4


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Oct 04 2023


16:00 - 17:00

Not every emergency has to be a disaster

In an increasingly interconnected world, the threat of cybercrime looms larger than ever. Join us for an insightful and illuminating webinar as we delve into the world of cyber resilience with the distinguished Sir David Omand, former Director of GCHQ. Drawing from his latest book, “How to Survive a Crisis: Lessons in Resilience and Avoiding Disaster,” Sir David will provide a unique perspective on navigating the treacherous landscape of cyber threats.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the evolving landscape of cybercrime and its potential impact.
  • Learn practical strategies to enhance your organisation’s cyber resilience.
  • Gain insights into crisis management and disaster avoidance from a seasoned expert.
  • Discover real-world examples and case studies that illustrate the principles of survival in the digital age.

Date & Time:
4th October 2023, 4 PM
Location: Online
Language: English

About Sir David Omand

Sir David Omand was the first UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator, responsible to the Prime Minister for the professional health of the intelligence community, national counter-terrorism strategy and “homeland security”. He served for seven years on the Joint Intelligence Committee. He was Permanent Secretary of the Home Office from 1997 to 2000, and before that Director of GCHQ (the UK Sigint Agency). Previously, in the Ministry of Defence as Deputy Under Secretary of State for Policy, he was particularly concerned with long term strategy, with the British military contribution in restoring peace in the former Yugoslavia and the recasting of British nuclear deterrence policy at the end of the Cold War. He was Principal Private Secretary to the Defence Secretary during the Falklands conflict, and served for three years in NATO Brussels as the UK Defence Counsellor.


About Paul Conaty

Paul Conaty is Client Solutions Director at CWSI, one of Europe’s most experienced mobile and cloud security specialists. Paul has over 20 years’ experience in the technology industry across engineering, technical and management roles.

Having joined the company in 2014, he heads up the Strategic Enterprise Mobility consultancy and advisory services division at CWSI. Here, he provides best-in-class strategic and tactical advice to customers in all sectors, both in Ireland and globally. He is passionate about delivering real business enhancements via secure technological solutions.

Before joining CWSI, Paul spent 13 years at UPC Ireland (now Virgin Media Ireland) across senior engineering and support roles. He is currently an Ambassador for the GDPR Awareness Coalition, where he aims to raise awareness of the data privacy obligations for companies resulting from the implementation of GDPR.

Paul is a thought leader and expert voice on cybersecurity, governance, data protection and compliance. With organisations around the world on increasingly high alert, Paul can give practical advice to businesses across all industries (from public sector to supply chain and SMEs) on how they can defend themselves against the rising threat of cyberattacks.

He can outline the steps that should be taken to protect company data, such as being aware of potential vulnerabilities and having a good understanding of the business’ IT infrastructure, implementing Multi-Factor Authentication, and carrying out user awareness training for employees around phishing threats.