Securing SMEs Symposium

  • Date 04 Jun 2019

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Securing SMEs Symposium

04 Jun 2019, 14:00 - 16:30

Securing SMEs Symposium

Implementing Information Security Controls to Manage Risk in the SME

When: Tuesday 4th June, 14.00-16.30

Where: Pillar Hall, Olympia

The 2018 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report found that 58% of all cyber-attacks target small businesses. SMEs are seen as an easier target than large organisations that have the budget, teams and motivation to invest in cybersecurity. However there are measure that SMEs can take to secure their business and this in-depth session will show you how.

Learn from a panel of expert speakers who will share insight into the steps small and medium sized businesses can take to defend against cyber risks and threats, protect their customer’s data and respond to an incident.



14.00-14.10 Welcome and opening remarks from the conference chair

Sarb Sembhi, Non-Executive Board Director & Advisory Board member of several start-ups, Mentor, CyLon



The SME Threat Landscape - Top Cyber Threats Affecting SMEs & How to Mitigate Them

Just because your business is not a large multi-national enterprise doesn’t mean that you are not at risk from today’s evolving cyber threats. But before you can defend against modern attacks, you will need to understand how they work. In this presentation we will cover the top threats affecting SMEs and what defences can help to keep you safe.

Marc Laliberte, Senior Security Analyst, WatchGuard Technologies



Panel Discussion

Developing a Cybersecurity Programme to Protect Your SME Business

  • Evaluating the risk landscape to identify threats to SME businesses
  • Identifying the key elements of an effective cybersecurity programme
  • Doing more with less: practical strategies to implement security on a budget
  • Understanding how to make investment decisions about information security services and solutions


Neil Sinclair, National Cyber Lead, Police Digital Security Centre 

Neil Sharpley, Policy Chair covering Cyber Crime and Data Protection, FSB

Nick ioannou, Head of IT, Ratcliffe Groves Partnership


Sarb Sembhi, Non-Executive Board Director & Advisory Board member of several start-ups, Mentor, CyLon  




Building a Roadmap to Regulatory Compliance

  • Analysing the key requirements of GDPR and what they mean for SMEs
  • Understanding the regulatory data breach notification requirements
  • Identifying the key steps to compliance and understanding the consequences of failing to comply

Dai Davis, Partner, Percy Crow Davis & Co


16.20-16.30 Closing remarks from the conference chair

 Sarb Sembhi, Non-Executive Board Director & Advisory Board member of several start-ups, Mentor, CyLon  



  • Marc Laliberte


    Senior Security Analyst

    WatchGuard Technologies

    Marc Laliberte is a Senior Security Analyst and manager of the threat research team at WatchGuard. Specialising in networking security protocols and...

  • Dai Davis



    Percy Crow Davis & Co

    Dai Davis is a technology lawyer. He holds Masters degrees in both Physics and Computer Science. He is a Solicitor and Chartered Engineer. Having...

  • Neil Sinclair


    National Cyber Lead

    Police Digital Security Centre

    Following on from 31 years in counter terrorism with Police and Government Agencies, Neil became COO of the London Digital Security Centre (LDSC) and...

  • Neil Sharpley


    Policy Chair covering Cyber Crime and Data Protection

    Federation of Small Businesses

    A lawyer and mediator who has for nearly 20 years focused on advice and support for SMEs based on a wide ranges of experience in both legal work and...

  • Nick ioannou


    Head of IT

    Ratcliffe Groves Partnership

    Nick ioannou is an IT professional, blogger, author and public speaker on cloud and security issues, with over 20+ years’ corporate experience,...

  • Sarb Sembhi


    CTO & CISO

    Virtually Informed

    Sarb speaks, writes and contributes to global security events and publications. He is Co-Vice Chair of the Smart Buildings Working Group of the IoT...

Business Issues covered

  1. What will this session help you to do?
    • Balance, manage and prioritise risk‎
    • Clearly navigate and understand increasingly complex legislation‎
    • Mitigate the effects of new vulnerabilities and exploits‎
    • Select best fit products and solutions from the wide selection of vendors and products available‎


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