Good Cyber Security is imperative across all areas of life. Over 3 days we will explore 3 separate subjects to improve cyber for both business and society at Newcastle Racecourse.
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This sprint is taking place at Newcastle Racecourse 12 - 14 July 

and will cover three Cyber Security subjects over 3 days

The three subjects we will be covering are:
Tuesday 12 July - Next Step Cyber Security Embedding innovation in the cyber security sector

On Tuesday 12 July we welcome colleagues from across the region to the CyberNorth and UKC3 sprint to explore the region’s innovation readiness and what we can do to enhance it. We welcome Cyber Security and Resilience SMEs, consultants and experts, representatives from larger organisation with responsibility for business continuity as well as anyone with an interest in innovation, Human Centred Design and User Experience.

We’ll be asking how innovative are we in Cyber in the north east currently? What shining examples do we have of innovation and how do we learn from them? We’ll discuss Human Centred Design and how putting humans at the centre of cyber related innovations could be the key to success.

We hope to finish the session agreeing one action that could make a significant difference, how it could be achieved and who could or should lead the charge.

  • Human centred design for national infrastructure 
  • Bringing demand and supply together in cyber security
Wednesday 13 July - Next Gen Cyber Security Bringing young people and new talent into cyber security

On Wednesday 13 July, colleagues from across the region and further a field will be coming together to share ideas on how to tackle one of the biggest issues in cybersecurity at the moment - people!


How do we attract, recruit, nurture and retain the most brilliant cyber minds out there? What do we need to do to make our industry welcoming, inclusive and a viable career choice for young people and those looking to change their career direction?


With lots to discuss on this hugely topical issue, we’ll be joined by leading cyber employers, learning providers, cyber specialists and more as they share their views on the issues in the sector as well as ideas for how we can come together to surmount them.


This session is open to anyone in or outside of the cyber sector who has an interest in supporting this thriving sector to go from strength to strength in our region.

In the morning, we will be looking at the problem:

  • The ever increasing number of cyber vacancies outweighing the region’s talent pool
  • What is the cost of attracting and retaining talent?
  • The region’s brain drain and how we can hold onto our brightest grad talent
  • How can we overcome the experience gaps in cyber security?
  • Is this just a young person’s game or is there room for career changers in the sector
  • What skills, attributes and attitudes does the sector need and where can we find them?


In the afternoon, we will look at the solution:

  • How can we help people understand the cyber careers available - technical and non-technical roles
  • How can we make cyber roles accessible to those without a cyber security background or degree?
  • What kind of workplace set up do people want and can we provide it?
  • What can companies do to attract and retain great talent?
  • What can candidates do to be successful in attracting companies?
  • How does training - formal and informal - play a role in creating job-ready cyber specialists?
Thursday 14 July - Business impacts of cyber incidents Identifying, mitigating and managing


On Thursday 14th July, participants from all sorts of organisations across the north east (and beyond) will gather in person at Newcastle Racecourse to spend the day looking into the business impacts of cyber incidents, thinking about how to prepare the business to react to a live incident, and crucially, how to continue to trade and minimise impact.


The focus throughout will be on business processes, risk management and people, not on technology (that’s the focus of ‘sister’ sessions on 12th and 13th July).


The aim is to learn from people and organisations that have experienced cyber incidents or are leaders in business continuity. We’re planning to increase knowledge and awareness, improve cyber incident readiness and, ultimately, make the north east a more cyber-resilient place to run a business.


Business impacts of cyber incidents: identifying, mitigating and managing

  • The business continuity side of information security incidents.
  • Embedding security in business compliance

Topics discussed may include:

Morning: identifying the challenges

  • What are the business impacts of cyber incidents?
  • How do we identify and capture business risks?
  • Where does responsibility sit? Who should be concerning themselves with cyber resilience?
  • Are different size and types of business affected in the same way?
  • Are all IT outages malicious?
  • How do we widen the narrative from IT security to business risk?

Afternoon: developing solutions

  • Lived experiences – been there and got the t-shirt?
  • Readiness and preparation – can we transfer knowledge from floods and pandemic preparations?
  • Incident response playbooks
  • Preparing for common consequences
  • How do we embed cyber resilience in business practices?
  • Where to look for assistance