It had been a great few days so far at CyberUK and day 3 was no exception. There were a few tired looking eyes around, no doubt as a result of the festivities at the networking drinks reception the previous night, but the atmosphere was no less of a buzz.
We began the morning with the welcome from chair Alex Dewdney. He used the opportunity to reflect on his personal experience of the conference up to now, highlighting the talk about SMEs, a regional focus and spoke of his admiration for Stemettes and the CyberFirst scheme.
Next up was a panel discussion with several representatives from the NCSC, which covered a range of topics and answered questions submitted via the interactive wall and email. There was plenty of thought provoking discussion from the panelists.
From the streams on Day 3, some of the highlights were a talk from Professor Lizzie Coles-Kemp from Royal Holloway University, who had some good insights on listening to users and having a meaningful conversation with them, and a detailed, technical talk from Dr. Neill Newman, former Head of Information Security at the London Stock Exchange about finding out what you own at enterprise scale, based on his experience of attempting to do so.
Day 3 finished earlier than the previous days, with the final talk being from Dr. Ian Levy, Technical Director of the NCSC. Dr. Levy spoke of the scale of the event, with 1033 delegates at the strategy day and 1280 at the in practice days. He also spoke of diversity and his desire to eliminate barriers and unconscious bias, both from his own attitude and the NCSC and community as a whole. The conference ended with a Q and A session, answering questions from the interactive wall at the conference.
All in all, the three days were a fantastic experience, full of great insights, coherent messages and lively, interesting debate from the NCSC, Government, industry and academia.
The conference had a great atmosphere and all of the Naimuri team thoroughly enjoyed it.
A big thanks to the NCSC, the event organisers and everyone at Naimuri who helped to make our participation in the event a success.
A particular thank you to Hannah and Emily from Manchester School of Art for coming along. They did some fantastic illustrations and helped to make our stand more interesting and interactive. We intend to release a booklet of the illustrations in the near future, so keep an eye out for that on our Twitter feed and blog pages.