The Humber Business Resilience Forum (HBRF) was awarded the Chairman’s award for ‘Most Memorable Moment’ at the closing award ceremony of Humber Business Week 2016.

The HBRF held its launch event at Hull University Business School on the Wednesday of Humber Business Week, attracting over 100 attendees from a wide variety of businesses. It stemmed from a cyber resilience event which took place as part of Humber Business Week 2015, which was initiated by Dr Dionysios Demetis of the Business School – now on the board of the HBRF.

“Following our successful event last year, we (the speakers – Dr Demetis, Gordon Meldrum QPM and Norman Mortell of Agenda Screening Services) realised that awareness of cyber and information security in the region could be improved if businesses worked together”,
said Dr Demetis.

“As a result, we have spent the past year bringing together expertise from the police, University and leading businesses across the region to develop the idea of the forum. Although still in its infancy, feedback from the launch event has been very positive and we look forward to building on this initial interest over the coming months.”

When presenting the award, Business Week Chair Kath Lavery said that the selection had been made as the Forum began life at last year’s Business Week, was launched at this year’s Business Week and was developed in between times.

The event was also commended for its engaging speaker presentations, and for handing out Picnic chocolate bars – which reflect the acronym for ‘Problem In Chair, Not In Computer’, referring to insider employer threats to business resilience.

“This award is a great endorsement of the work that we have already done on the forum,” commented Chair of the HBRF, Gordon Meldrum.

“However, we have only just begun. Threats to cyber security and business resilience are becoming more sophisticated by the day and we therefore need to ensure that business knowledge is kept up-to-date. It’s our aim to make the Humber one of the safest places in the UK to do business.”

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