How can government organisations protect themselves from cyber threats beyond the traditional security perimeter?

Public sector organisations have never faced a greater risk to the continuity of public services and the security of citizen data. Although large numbers of public sector workers are still visible on the frontline, many organisations have moved to a remote working model, increasingly utilising online services for citizen interactions.

Whilst the home-working transition is complete and online services are increasing, the threat landscape is evolving and threat actors are looking for new ways to exploit this ‘new normal’ – aiming to disrupt public services and access intellectual property and valuable citizen data.

Whilst many Public Sector organisations are already aware of the threats they face through ‘traditional’ entry points such as email, cyber criminals are evolving their approach, targeting public sector websites and mimicking them to harvest data, or using fake email domains to trick the public into providing sensitive data – but how can government organisations protect themselves from these cyber threats from beyond the traditional security perimeter?

This session will provide insight into the scale of this issue and how it affects Public Sector. Our speakers will provide real-life examples from across government and share best practices for protecting both your email and web domains.
Assessments Liaison, National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)
Laura has been working in various areas of the Civil Service since 2012, gaining experience in Law enforcement, policy making, parliamentary oversight, Liaison and much more. Laura has been with NSCS-Assessments since September 2018, this post is the link point for a team of over 50 cyber subject matter experts and UKIC, Defence, x-Whitehall, 5EYES, Industry cyber readers and more. Laura ensures that the papers and products that NCSC-Assessment product end up with the correct audiences who can take real world actions.

Before this role, Laura was part of the GCHQ Parliamentary team who lead on all things from Parliament, such as PMQs, MP and Minister briefings and visits, and most importantly dealing with the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament ( ISC ) assisting them in their oversight of GCHQ.

Prior to joining GCHQ Laura worked in National Crime Agency ( NCA ) and its precursor Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) in the Authorisations team, the Child Exploitation Online Protection (CEOP) team and in private office for Deputy Director NTAC (National Tasking and Coordination).
David Dunbar
Head, Digital Workplace Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
David is Head of Digital Workspace at the Department for Work and Pensions, an organisation that has gone through a massive technology transformation over the last two years, moving from a 23 year outsource of its IT, to the current position where it now has direct control over its foundation technology, having grown expert teams and removed large swathes of legacy, while grasping the opportunity to adopt an evergreen approach. DWP has also been one of the Government Departments at the front line of support in the current crisis.

Beyond that, he has more experience in Digital Workplace strategy and delivery than he cares to remember, bringing together technology and workplace transformation. This experience includes ownership of BT’s Workstyle Programme across 22 countries as Head of BT’s Flexible Working Services division, and the benefits he delivered to Nationwide Building Society as their Head of Digital Workplace.
Danielle Papadakis
Product Manager, Mimecast
Danielle holds a BSc in computer science from the Interdisciplinary Center University in Herzliya, Israel.

With expertise in cyber security, threat intelligence, and deep insight into customer facing phishing, Danielle had a major role in Segasec’s development and acquisition.
Gareth Kitson
Senior Sales Engineer, Mimecast
Gareth has a wealth of experience: a Certified Information Systems Security Practitioner (CISSP) and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) with previous experience on the “good guys” side working within Public Sector, Start-up and global Virtualization and Cloud technologies, before joining Mimecast. Whenever not using technology to deliver the Mimecast Cyber Resilience message - Gareth can be found spending time with his wife and three kids - turning his kids into little ethical hackers.
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