Cyber Risk Awareness: Building the Human Firewall by Marthese Vella

When:  Jan 16, 2020 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (BA)

Event Synopsis
Do employees know enough about phishing? Can they explain what spear phishing is? Do companies have a policy in place to help prevent CEO fraud?

If the answer to any of these questions is ‘no’, then you are not alone. Employees remain the weakest link in the battle against cybercrime and are criminals’ number one target.

Although most users now know not to click on links in emails from addresses that they don’t recognise, many are still willing to take the identity of a sender at face value.

If an email appears to be from a colleague, particularly if it appears to come from someone higher up the food chain, then most employees will click links, download files or take action on the basis of the content.

The educational event will focus on:

  • Cyber Threatscape (The Who, The What, The How)

  • Are technical defences working?

  • Who or What is the biggest risk companies face?

  • The importance of having a “Human Firewall”

  • Some examples of effective Security Awareness Training.

Speaker Bio

Marthese Vella

Marthese is an Electrical Engineer by profession and holds a Master’s Degree in Information Management from Lancaster University. Her career spans over 25 years, holding different IT management roles in industry.

In her role as Chief Information Officer, she has guided organisations through the Information Security Compliance process and is now using this broad experience and wide knowledge of solutions in information security to help more organisations improve their security capabilities. Marthese is currently Head of Advisory at Proact which forms part of the Computime Group. Proact offers IT Governance, Compliance and IT Security advisory services to a number of local and international clients.

Marthese is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), ISO27001 Certified ISMS Lead Implementer as well as a General Data Protection Regulation Practitioner.


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