#CyberFest, the North East’s largest cyber security festival is planing for its third year. With events across the region throughout September, the aim of #CyberFest is to raise awareness of cyber security activities across the region as part of our mission ‘To Make the North East the place for cyber security.’ The events are aimed at students, businesses, academia, public sector and the general public.
Please help us to make the festival a regular part of the North East's calendar by making it an ongoing annual event. All money will be used to fund events, either directly (accommodation, refreshments etc.) or indirectly (administration, speakers etc.) Any money not used in year will be rolled over to next.
Cyber security is an issue that affects all of us. If you think it doesn’t then it’s just a matter of time. It is an existential risk to the way that we live and trade and as such it should be a concern of everyone. Of all the things that keep you awake at night, cyber security should be up right up there.
Yet this is only half the story. With all threat comes opportunity and there is an urgent need across the world, for more skilled people and more innovative companies to combat the threat from the dark side. All of this means more jobs. It is anticipated that there will be a global shortage of cyber security skilled professionals, with some 3.5 million vacancies by the end of the decade.
The North East has a vibrant cyber security community. There are organisations here who can help your business with everything from advice and guidance, through penetration testing, to recovery if things go really bad.
Not everyone knows this however. Perhaps we are too modest in our promotion or perhaps people assume that this is not our area of expertise and this is the background to #CyberFest - the North East's biggest cyber security festival.
There is no reason why the region cannot become internationally recognised as a centre of excellence in cyber security and there is no reason that we cannot grow more specialist businesses and grab a large slice of the new jobs that are needed.
We have a great story to tell, we just need to tell it a lot better.