Over 35 people attended the free Human Firewall event held at the excellent HCF Catch training facilities on 23rd November.  The event started with bacon and sausage sandwiches and was opened by Kate Hedges who welcomed everybody to the Catch facilities and offered tours after the event.

Gordon Meldrum, Chair of the Humber Business Resilience Forum (HBRF) opened the event explaining the increasing scale and scope of cybercrime before introducing Norman Mortell (Managing Director at Agenda Screening Services and fellow HBRF board member) who identified current cyber tactics, case studies and business impact before outlining steps that organisations can take to protect themselves through better training and education of their employees- cyber awareness was emphasised as the key.

Gordon then introduced Dr Dionisis Demetis (University of Hull Business School and HBRF board member).  Dr Demetis explained the global impact of cybercrime and how his research showed that cyber awareness was sadly lacking in the Humber region.  Dr Dionisis went on to explain about human, non-human and cyborg threats and some of the practical solutions to managing insider threats and engaging with staff to create a cyber aware culture.

The meeting closed with an excellent Q&A session led by Gordon, topics such as password etiquette, GDPR and information security and due diligence on others who hold your information were hot topics as well as where to get cyber awareness training.

Gordon invited the attendees to join the HBRF for free and access free events and resources at www.hbrf.co.uk and finally thanks go to HCF Catch for hosting the event and to Agenda Screening Services and Clugstons for sponsoring the breakfast.