Safer Cyber Spaces: Police CPI introduces new programme collaboration

September 30, 2021


Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (Police CPI), International Cyber Expo and ITN Productions Industry News have launched a new programme collaboration exploring the vital work being done by businesses and the government to tackle cyber-crime.

Cyber-attacks have been on the rise for years, with some big attacks on major organisations affecting key sectors and vital infrastructure. Safer cyber Spaces looks at how cyber-crime attacks accelerated during the pandemic as the world moved online, allowing criminals to exploit cybersecurity weaknesses. The programme addresses the challenges faced by Police when investigating and preventing cyber-crime, and how police officers are benefitting from specific cyber training to enhance their capabilities and skills against the heightened cyber threats.

Anchored by ITN Productions presenter Sharon Thomas from ITN’s London Studio, the programme follows a unique news-style format featuring key voices from the industry including Minister for Digital Infrastructure, DCMS, Matt Warman, City of London Police, Assistant Commissioner, Angela McLaren, Ciaran Martin, Founding head of National Cyber Security Centre, Simon Newman, Head of Cyber and Business Services, Police Crime Prevention Initiatives and Lisa Ventura, Cyber security expert. The programme also includes independent news items in collaboration with Police CPI and a series of inspirational sponsored profiles led by ITN Productions news reporters filmed on location and remotely.

Many managed service providers are having to switch between different software to manage tools, which can lead to missed alerts and threats and unperformed updates, raising the likelihood of a cybersecurity attack. The programme features a film about how Ingram Micro Cloud are decreasing the likelihood of cybersecurity attacks by bringing multiple technologies together, to create an instant response time for clients, leading to better cyber protection.

All businesses from large corporates to SME’s and are at risk of potentially devasting attacks. ITN Productions reporter Helena Carter talks to security expert, Holly Grace Williams from Secarma to learn more about how to better support businesses by exposing vulnerabilities through penetration testing.

Cybersecurity breaches are often treated as an isolated IT issue, but usually result from a number of breakdowns within an organisation. ITN Reporter, Katy Haswell learnt more about the importance of breach preparation as effective defence from cyberattacks from global law firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe.

Every organisation is different and open to a myriad of different cybersecurity threats. In the programme, Field Effect, a cybersecurity company, who tailor solutions and services to each business’s individual needs discuss their unique focus on small and medium businesses – a demographic that has largely been neglected by the industry until now.

The UK is home to a vibrant cybersecurity sector, with thousands of innovators and entrepreneurs creating new ways to make our everyday lives safer and more secure.

The programme features a film from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, explaining how they provide valuable support to companies to help them succeed and grow.

With cybersecurity threats ever evolving there is a need now more than ever for businesses to move beyond basic protection. Kick ICT Group, a UK tech solution company based in Scotland, discuss Kick secure, a recently added division to their business which specifically helps businesses create a resilient, reliable, and more secure environment.

Mobile apps are playing a significant part in our everyday lives, with consumers spending an average of just over four hours a day on apps. Aspiegel, the digital service provider behind AppGallery, talk to reporter Jon Gibson about cybersecurity trends for apps, and how developers and app store operators can work together to create a safer app marketplace for consumers.

As the industry evolves towards ubiquitous computing, continuous connectivity and a world of intelligent devices, security and data privacy will become a key inhibitor to business transformation. Technology giant Intel describes how they see this being addressed through Confidential Computing in a report by Tadhg Enrigh.

Safer Cyber Spaces launches 12.30pm, 29th September 2021 at the International Cyber Expo at Olympia. A special showcase of the programme will be followed by a panel debate with Simon Newman, Head of Cyber and Business Services, Police CPI and Jamie Connolly, Programme Director, ITN Productions Industry News, moderated by reporter Sharon Thomas.

The programme will be available on demand on Police CPI’s website following the launch and will be supported by a communications campaign.

“Leading the way in responding to the threat.”

Simon Newman, Head of Cyber and Business Services, Police CPI said: “The rise in cyber-crime over the past few years means that collaboration with the private sector is essential if we are to achieve the Government’s ambition of making the UK one of the safest places to do business online. The partnership with award-winning ITN Productions allows us to showcase some of the excellent work being done by the UKs innovative cybersecurity sector and demonstrates how policing is leading the way in responding to the threat.”

Colin Williams, Group Marketing Director at Nineteen Group said: “The past 18 months have seen cybersecurity threats dominate the headlines, impacting individuals and businesses across the globe. We’re delighted to be working with ITN Productions and Police CPI to launch Safer Cyber Spaces at International Cyber Expo and shine a light on the fantastic work of UK cybersecurity suppliers.”

Nina Harrison-Bell, Head of ITN Productions Industry News said: “The coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we work, and that includes cyber criminals. Cyber-crime incidents erupting from the COVID-19 pandemic pose serious threats to global safety. We hope Safer Cyber Spaces provides a platform to raise greater awareness and understanding of the important work taking place by businesses and the government to tackle Cyber-crime.”

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