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Cyber Security - The Essentials

22 October 2020

10:00 - 12:30pm

Delivered via Go To Meeting

With more and more business processes moving into the cloud, we need to be more cautious than ever, defending against hacks, exploits and scams.  This practical half-day workshop will look at website security, social media safety, password protection and more.  Aimed at anyone who wants to embrace online opportunities, but who understands the real dangers and their impact in today’s connected world. The workshop will provide an opportunity to ask questions too.

Workshop Content

Topics covered include:

* An intro to cybersecurity (why SMEs are the most at risk - it "will" happen).
* Protecting hardware/software 
* Website hacks and ways to defend against them
* Social media dangers (and other ways that people are exploited)
* Email phishing (and targeted attacks)
* Resilience - do you have backups, what would you do if…?


This workshop will be led by Gary Ennis, Managing Director of NS Design. Those of you who joined us for our “Social Media – Making an Impact” workshop will know Gary as a very knowledgeable and highly engaging facilitator. 

A fully qualified trainer, Gary graduated with an architecture degree from Strathclyde University before spending a year running a busy bar. It was there he developed a passion for excellent customer service. A former ‘CEO Of the Year’ at the Scottish Digital Technology Awards, Gary has made numerous television and radio appearances as a social media expert and is in demand across the UK as a conference speaker, and trainer in the field of digital marketing.

Cost and to book a place

£20 plus VAT per person

allison.watson@saos.coop or call 07548215669.