image: The ransomware threat

The ransomware threat

aql, as part of its planned programme of events supporting the NCSC Cyber Information Sharing Partnership for Yorkshire and Humber, is working with the Police Regional Cyber Crime Unit, is hosting an event this Friday with expertise from Kasperky, the police and the University of Leeds to help businesses understand how to protect themselves against ransomware attacks.

Over the weekend, a global ransomware attack caused considerable challenge to many organisations, not least the NHS, in the UK. These attacks demonstrate the real need to stay ahead and to be informed about ransomware. Ransomware can affect business, charities, health and any organisation connected online.

aql’s forthcoming seminar on the ransomware threat will be promoting the Government Security portal, CISP, which has provided a highly valuable forum over the last weekend in helping many organisations share information and seek advice about ransomware. The Yorkshire and Humberside CISP Chair is aql’s CEO Professor Adam Beaumont. Adam and aql have appointed Stuart Hyde QPM to provide the valuable outreach that’s needed to promote CISP for local organisations including business, schools, health and charities.

Ransomware is now increasingly prevalent and makes PCs or devices unusable until owners pay to unlock them. It can shut you down!

The risk to business is “significant and growing”, as stated by the National Crime Agency and GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre. Yorkshire and Humberside CISP champion Adam and Northern Powerhouse aql, are holding the ransomware seminar to help companies learn about Ransomware and how businesses can protect themselves from it.

The seminar seeks to empower businesses to protect themselves from ransomware and upskill their knowledge on managing this type of attack.

aql has attracted an impressive list of experts to speak at the seminar in Leeds.

David Emm
Principal Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab

A provider of security and threat management solutions, David has been with Kaspersky Lab since 2004 and is a member of the company’s Global Research and Analysis Team.

He has worked in the anti-malware industry since 1990 in a variety of roles, including that of Senior Technology Consultant at Dr Solomon’s Software, and Systems Engineer and Product Manager at McAfee. In his current role, David regularly delivers presentations on malware and other IT security threats at exhibitions and events, highlighting what organisations and consumers can do to stay safe online. He also provides comment to broadcast and print media on the ever-changing cyber-security and threat landscape. David has a strong interest in malware, ID theft and the human aspects of security. David is a knowledgeable advisor on all aspects of online security.

Professor David S. Wall
Professor of Criminology at the University of Leeds

David researches and teaches cybercrime, identity crime, organised crime, policing and intellectual property crime. He has published a wide range of 40+ articles and 12+ books on these subjects and has a sustained track record of interdisciplinary funded research in these areas from the EU FP6 & FP7, ESRC, EPSRC, AHRC & other funders, such as the Home Office and DSTL. He is a member of various governmental working groups, such as the Ministerial Working Group on Horizon Planning 2020-25, the Home Office Cybercrime Working Group (looking at issues of policy, costs and harms of crime and technology to society), and the HMIC Digital Crime and Policing working group. An Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and a Fellow of the Higher Teaching Academy.

A/Detective Sergeant Matthew Fleming
Yorkshire and Humber Regional Cyber Crime Team

In 2015, Matthew joined the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit and has managed serious organised cybercrime investigations across the region. He is proficient in cybercrime investigation and digital examination including CSNI, RITES, AXIOM, Spektor and Cellebrite.

Stuart Hyde QPM
Member of the Europol Internet Security Advisory Board and the aql appointed Regional Ambassador for CISP

Stuart is a retired police chief and holder of the Queens Police Medal for commitment to Cybercrime prevention and detection. Now a private consultant on Cyber issues and Digital risk including digital forensics. Stuart is also Vice President of the not-for-profit online organisation High Tech Crime Consortium, supporting over 1500 cyber investigators and digital forensic officers in 45 countries.

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