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Digital Skills Academy: Developing a cyber secure business

Date: November 9th, 13:00 - November 23rd, 15:00

It’s reported that almost 46% of businesses and over 26% of charities across the UK reported having Cyber-Security breaches or attacks in the past 12 months alone! The good news is that 97% of these breaches could have been prevented through the adoption of simple measures.

This masterclass will teach you how to review and strengthen your cyber security measures through the application of a series of simple tools and techniques produced by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). More specifically the application of the NCSC tools will help you to:

  • find out how resilient you are to Cyber-Attacks
  • enables you to practice responses in a safe environment
  • have a clear and actionable plan to strengthen your organisation.


  • Workshop 1: Tuesday 9th November 2021 – 1 – 3pm
  • Workshop 2: Tuesday 16th November 2021 – 1 – 3pm
  • Workshop 3: Tuesday 23rd November 2021 – 1 – 3pm

Workshop 1: Human Fire Wall With Ransomware Simulation
This two-hour workshop will begin the development of your cyber security plan.

  • Learn how hackers hack you using simple social engineering
  • Phishing Attack Leading to a Ransomware Infection
  • Ethical Hacking Live Simulation – Group Exercise:
    – Identifying and reporting a suspected phishing email
    – Responding to a ransomware attack
    – Threatened leak of sensitive data Live Simulation

Post-workshop exercise: What do employees do with such emails? Is there a formal process? Do employees feel comfortable raising alerts?

Workshop 2: As Safe As Houses & Insider Threat Data Breach Simulation
The second of three workshops will delve deeper into the development of your online cyber security plan.

  • Discussion to review the post-workshop exercise and Identify if people have expanded their ideas from workshop 1
  • Ethical Hacking Live Simulation – Group Exercise:
    – Working From Home. Understand both the benefits and the additional Cyber-Security risks that home and remote working can bring.
    – Insider Threat resulting in a Data Breach

Post-workshop exercise: Using the template and toolkit, Review your Incident management plan resources and critical success factors

Workshop 3: 15 Ways To Protect Your Business From A Cyber Attack
This workshop will focus on bringing it all together and finalising your cyber security plan.

  • Discussion to review post-workshop exercise and delegates emerging plans.
  • Ethical Hacking Live Simulation – Group Exercise:
    – Bring Your Own Device
    – Being attacked from an unknown Wi-Fi network
  • How to win or lose business through Cyber-Security
  • Value Protection Framework GAP Analysis tool to support the development of the business Cyber-Security plan

Presented by: Leon McQuade

This Masterclass will be delivered by Leon McQuade: Co-Founder of ‘Think Cloud’. Multi-Award Winning Cyber Security & Managed IT Services Provider. Our mission is to help our customers succeed through the adoption and use of digital technology.

Think Cloud works with clients from all sectors including Local Government, Ministry of Defence Supply Chain, Manufacturing & Financial Sectors.

Leon also heads up the digital technology strategy of ‘Andy’s Man Club’ which is one of the UK’s fastest-growing men’s mental health charities. Suicide prevention in the COVID-19 era transforming threat into an opportunity. Which has seen the digital transformation of all clubs *41 to now provide digital service. Leading with a Cloud & Security-first mindset whilst changing employees’ behaviours at speed while continuing rapid growth (15 Clubs Pre-COVID, 41 to date and counting) and efficiencies programmes.


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