Rainbow Communications and the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) hosted an industry-leading event to extol the necessity and virtue of cyber security with financial directors and managing directors from some of Northern Ireland’s biggest companies.
The second Directors’ Dinner event was chaired by Angela McGowan of CBI and guest speakers included David Beatty, Director of Technical Sales at Rainbow and Dr. Godfrey Gaston, Director at CSIT (Centre for Secure Information Technologies).
Angela McGowan, CBI Director, said;
“With so many recent headlines about cyber attacks there has never been a more important time to talk about the role of technology in advancing business. While technology offers unparalleled opportunities for businesses of all shapes and sizes, we need to make sure that seizing these opportunities goes hand-in-hand with adopting more secure business practices. Embracing the newest technology should be a source of excitement in boardrooms, not a source of concern”
Rainbow Communications, Northern Ireland’s largest independent telecoms provider, co-hosted the event and highlighted current projects and the trends they are seeing among businesses and decisions being made regarding telecoms investment.
David Beatty, Rainbow Communications, said;
“Companies of all sizes, whether sole traders or multinationals, must be cogniscent of the key technology challenges and changes facing them. With broadband and mobile usage more prevalent than ever, businesses must address how ISDN lines, SIP trunking and hosted VoIP services, can all be integrated into an efficient, modern workplace.
“From 2020, PSTN and ISDN lines won’t be available before being switched off completely in 2025, migrating landline users to a single IP core network. This leaves only a couple of years for companies across Northern Ireland to start making the necessary in-roads to ensure a seamless and painless crossover.”
An academic perspective was provided by Dr. Godfrey Gaston, CSIT Director who brought home the message that investment in research and development is critical if we are to tackle cyber threats.
Dr. Gaston said;
“We are encouraging collaboration among academics, researchers, engineers, industry and government to accelerate the results of cyber and physical security research through to commercial application. The propensity of companies to rely on hand-held devices and social media messaging services for inter and intra-company communications means mobile security should be at the top of their checklists.”
The event provided a timely discussion around the key challenges and opportunities facing the local economy after the recent and unprecedented cyber-attack which brought down computer systems around the world.
For more information on how Rainbow can advise re strategy and procedures relating to implementation of protective measures, visit www.rainbowcomms.com.