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Cybersecurity Concerns for Business Engagement

25th November 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

25 November, 2020

13:00 – 16:00 GMT

Location: Online via Zoom or Teams

Deadline for applications: Friday 13th November to [email protected]

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Cybersecurity attacks have increased exponentially in recent years and are a growing concerned for both large and small business enterprises.   As more companies engage in digitisation programmes they may, unwittingly, make themselves vulnerable to cyber-attacks.  Engaging in safe and secure online behaviours is at the heart of this process and this half day workshop is aimed at equipping attendees with some basic cybersecurity knowledge that will support their interactions with the business community.


1. Introduction to cyber security

  • What is cyber security? The threat landscape and UK business

  • Notable hackers/past events that changed the shape of cyber security. Law surrounding cyber security/hacking

2. The nature of cyber security attacks

  • Typical attacks – Phishing, Malware; Ransomware; Man-in-the-middle, Denial-of-Service.

  • Attack Processes – Network enumeration, Vulnerability analysis and exploitation.

3. Social Science perspectives on cybersecurity

  • Social Engineering principles in cyber defence and attack

4. Safe and Secure behaviours

  • How you can protect yourself online

  • How to spot potential attacks; what you can do to defend yourself/organisation

5. Closing remarks

  • Summary and pointers to further reading; training and resources


By the end of the workshop, attendees will have attained an appreciation and understanding of:

  • the importance of cybersecurity to UK business

  • common attacks on business systems

  • Social Engineering principles in cybersecurity attacks

  • a range of cybersecurity defence strategies


Professor Sharon McDonald

Professor of Human-Computer Interaction, and Chartered Psychology, Faculty of Technology at the University of Sunderland.

Extensive experience of working with SMEs to design and evaluate software services on diverse platforms (mobile, desktop and ATMs) in sectors including local government, transport, accountancy, and health. Trained software developers in the use of user-centred design and evaluation methods and embedding of user-centred practices.

Dominic Button

Academic Tutor and PhD candidate in Computer Science at University of Sunderland, focusing on threat intelligence and the business community.


25th November 2020
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Event Category:
NINE DTP - a collaborative partnership funded by the ESRC