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Date: 22/09/2014

Business leaders joined IT professionals from across the country at an inaugural cyber event hosted at Malvern’s historic Morgan Motor Company this week.

Phish and Chips took place at the Morgan Motor Company visitor centre on Wednesday 17th September, hosted by the National Cyber Skills Centre (NCSC), in association with the Federation of Small Businesses and supported by HP, Deep Secure Ltd., and Sandcastles in Waterfalls, and offered a pragmatic approach to safely conducting business online.

Open to businesses, both large and small, around 200 attendees enjoyed a complementary tour of the Morgan Motors factory before settling in for a day of panel discussions, targeted workshops and networking opportunities with industry professionals and fellow business owners.

Split into two sessions; the first aimed at Cyber Professionals and medium and large organisations, and the second aimed at SME’s, panellists included sector specialists from companies including BAE Systems, CISCO, Deep Secure, e-skills UK, IASME, QinetiQ and the College of Policing’s High Tech Crime Training unit, while breakout sessions were taken by experts from Hewlett Packard, Pen Test Partners and Sutcliffe and Co.

covered during the event included recent cyber incidents, the current thinking around them, future trends and skills to move the industry forward, as well as the steps micro and small businesses can take  to ensure they are not a target for cyber criminals.

Debbie Tunstall, manager of the NCSC, said: “It was great to see representatives from a wide range of businesses come together with cyber and IT professionals in the heart of historic Malvern to learn more about the very modern threat of cyber security.

The event was incredibly well attended and we had very positive feedback from attendees and panellists alike. The world of cyber is ever-changing so events like this are the perfect opportunity for businesses to keep up-to-date with the most current threats and the best way in which to prevent them. We are thrilled to have the resources to host such an event here in the heart of Worcestershire’s Cyber Valley.”

The NCSC is based at the Malvern Hills Science Park, and was set up to ensure that businesses and organisations that need assistance with conducting and administering their business on-line get the help and support they need.
The centre provides a wide range of cyber training courses at all levels for businesses, IT and cyber professionals and the education sector.  For more information visit, call 01684 585111 or email