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Data Breach, Cyber Attack: Build your Response plan for Resilience

  • Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue 16 Saint Mary's Street Edinburgh EH1 1SU (map)

How to Respond to a Data Breach or Cyber Incident: Resilience Masterclass for Executives

Help your Organisation Prepare, Respond and Recover from a Cyber Attack or a Data Breach in a post-GDPR world

"There are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked, and those that will be."

(Robert Mueller, former FBI Director)

Data breaches and cyber incidents are very real business risks and thanks to the GDPR, cyber security is a board room issue and strategic priority for all business owners. The threat landscape is incredibly dynamic, but it's how you manage the risk and mitigate the potential for reputational damage and losses which counts. Forewarned is forearmed and with the right advice, you can take preventative measures, plan for data breaches and cyber attacks, and build organisational resilienceso you are ready to respond effectively.

At our executive workshop, Nic Miller and Sorcha Lorimer, as your expert course leaders, will use our two decades of combined cyber, digital risk, brand communications and GDPRexpertise to brief you on the post-GDPR threat environment and guide you through the key steps to building your Incident Response Plan so that you're equipped to deal with key threat scenarios for your business.

Your Masterclass will be packed full of case studiesreal world examples and interactive exercises, including a breach simulation. We'll also show you how to make security and compliance the hero of your brand story and how to turn a breach from a disaster to an opportunity for brand resilience, better digital capability and customer focus.

Who is this for?

  • Directors & business owners

  • Board members

  • Charity trustees & non-executives

  • Senior management (IT, Communications, Compliance or legal professionals) in public or private organisations

The accountability principle of the GDPR means that incident planning is important for all industries and sectors, so we have designed this workshop to accommodate organisations of all sizes and sectors. We will keep the class size small so that we can take a consultative, hands on and discursive approach on the day and enable you to ask specific questions to your expert course leaders.

Why attend?

  • You'll leave armed with your key briefing on cyber security & data regulation and a clear plan on how to prepare and respond to an incident

  • You'll gain key insights, tools and techniques to take back to your team

  • The Masterclass will be an opportunity to network and share perspectives with other executives

  • You will benefit from access to your expert course leaders' advice and consultancy

What you will learn on the day

  • Executive briefing: global cyber threat & data protection landscape, the key points for your business & real world examples

  • Cyber threats & GDPR behind the headlines: what are the actual threats and how you can effectively manage the risksto your business

  • Anatomy of an incident: what can go wrong: a look at case studies and scenarios across attacks and breaches

  • Plan, prevent, prepare: we'll break down the key steps and you'll learn how to create your own response plan. Understand what counts as "enough" and what preventative steps you can take

  • How to report a data breach under GDPR

  • Discovering and dealing with a breach in your business: investigate, contain, assess the impact

  • Create a communications strategy to deal with your key stakeholders: the press, your customers, the regulator

  • Protect your brand, your company assets and maintain your operations

  • How to demonstrate cybersecurity & compliance capability to prospective clients, partners and stakeholders by building resilience and mitigating risks in your company

  • How to minimise impact on your operations, people and protect your IT infrastructure

  • Breach simulation: we'll test your plan in our interactive afternoon session - how you can respond and meet the 72 hours' deadline

Some comments from recent Sympatico Masterclasses and in house training:

  • "Excellently planned day, which was enjoyable as it was useful"

  • "Engaging and professional"

  • "Very informative"

  • Made a "very dry and overwhelming area interesting and manageable”

  • You made it “fun”.

What's included?

  • A full day Masterclass packed with interactive exercises

  • Your course material

  • All refreshments and a delicious buffet lunch on the day

  • A certificate upon completion

  • You will receive key templates to use back at your business: your plan template, you data breach tracker

  • A copy of our guide: incident response planning

  • Access to a pre-consultative call with Sorcha and Nic once you have booked

About us:

Your Masterclass will be delivered by Sorcha Lorimer (Sympatico,the Indpendent DPO) and Nic Miller (Aedile), together we have two decades of senior experience in digital strategy, privacy risk management, GDPR and cyber leadership roles.

Nic is currently a virtual CISO at Aedile Consulting, he founded the company in 2017 to provide light touch, affordable consultancy to startups and small businesses. Previously Nic was the CISO at Brevan Howard, a large global hedge fund based, for 3 years. During this time he sat on industry panels and helped author non-technical cyber security guidance for advisory bodies. He also established a working group for sharing best practise and threat related information between industry peers. Nic began his career at GCHQ working as a cyber security analyst, investigating nation state actors conducting global espionage campaigns. In addition to working to disrupt advanced threat actors, he spent time working on improving and automating analytic capability.