Tuesday, 15 December 2020, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

COVID-19 is having a devastating effect on the world, not just the impact on health but on the economies and in particular SMEs. It introduced “Lockdown” and “Working from Home” into common parlance and resulted in many organisations implementing infrastructure changes. This resulted in changes for not only for those working but for the cyber criminals as well, many of whom were innovative and developed and modified attack vectors quicker than changes in government policy.

This presentation will look at what changes occurred, how cyber criminals took advantage of the situation, the changes to the threat landscape and what can be done to counter these threats. It will also examine if these changes to the threat landscape are permanent or as transient as the virus threat and examine the lessons learnt.


Geraint Williams, CISO at GRC International Group

Geraint is Chief Information Security Officer at the GRC International Group which includes IT Governance, DQM GRC and Vigilant software. Geraint was previously head of Technical services at IT Governance responsible for growing the services from its sole consultant to being CREST accredited penetration testers, an accredited PCI QSAC (Payment Card Industry Qualified Security Assessor Company) and a leading provider of Cyber Essentials.

Before working with the GRCI group of companies Geraint Worked at the University of Bedfordshire as the Head of Technical Services for the school of computing and as a lecturer in computer security and ethical hacking. He has broad technical knowledge of vulnerability testing, digital forensics, secure networking, and wireless security, and high-performance computing.

Geraint has been a Payment Card Industry Qualified Security Assessor and consultant and have worked with breached companies along with household names to ensure they meet the minimum-security requirement to protect cardholder data. I have also been a CREST accredited Ethical Hacker and Information security.

He is passionate about continued learning and being an evangelist for information security. Interests include electronics as well as computing and been known to turn Arduino and Raspberry Pi’s into hacking tools.


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Last updated 15th December, 2020 at 7:26pm