Why education must take IT security more seriously

Tuesday, November 30

11AM (GMT)

Institutions have increasingly been targeted by criminals during the pandemic, resulting in time-consuming and financially damaging recovery actions.

With sustained demand for hybrid learning, threats will continue to increase, and new cloud technologies offer robust security for the demands of modern education. So, why aren’t colleges and universities protecting themselves?

For many, they don’t know what they need until after they need it.

Join our expert panel as we look at three key areas that education institutes are experiencing and need to address:

  • How to repel an attack.
  • How to minimise service disruption after an attack.
  • You’re on the Cloud – what next?

We’ll also look at the technical solutions to these challenges and also hear first-hand accounts from institutions that seized opportunity after experiencing disruption, and how they plan to revolutionise their infrastructure by shifting from on premise to the Cloud.

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Alistair Sutherland - Senior Solutions Architect, CirrusHQ

Alistair is a solution architect and AWS authorised instructor and has worked in the IT industry for over 20 years, working across many industry verticals and with customers from micro business to multinational enterprises. This has included working with many further and higher education establishments such as Edinburgh College, Heriot-Watt University, University of Highlands and Islands, West College Scotland and of course Nottingham College. His passion is consulting with customers to get to know their challenges and is happiest when running workshops, filling many whiteboards with ideas and coming up with great solutions that enhance security posture, with eagerness in mitigating lateral attack vectors. Alistair is also Product Lead for CirrusHQ to help drive continuous improvement so customers can gain further insight into costs, security and performance on their AWS platforms, in particular, how to surface and utilise anomalous behaviours.

Richard Price - Security & Compliance Business Acceleration Lead, EMEA Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Richard is a Security and Compliance Leader with the Worldwide Public Sector team at AWS. He will admit to having worked in technology and security for over 20 years, but dissembles when asked for a more exact estimate. He has worked in technical and commercial roles, with a transformation focus. These include leading significant security and transformation initiatives at a national Communications Service Provider and security product development & management a global CSP. Before joining AWS, he served as a Director at a leading London-based cyber security consultancy – concentrating on helping enterprises recover from security disasters and transforming enterprises’ approach to cyber security.

Mohammed Shiffa - IT Manager Infrastructure and Application Nottingham College

Mohammed manages the infrastructure, security and application estate for one of UK’s largest multi-campus FE colleges. The college has approximately 1400 staff and 24,000 students. He manages a team of engineers across multiple disciplines and provides extended support to the wider departments.

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CirrusHQ is an Amazon Web Services Advanced Consulting and Solution Provider partner, providing security and compliance across wide IT estates and ensuring high performance for a broad spectrum of businesses. We are an AWS Education Competency accredited partner with a Well-Architected Framework certification, ensuring our multiple Education reference customers can save money and scale in times of high seasonal demand as well as safeguard sensitive data. We are also an AWS Public Sector and Public Sector Solution Provider partner, helping government agencies embrace the cloud as part of their digital transformation strategies

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Nottingham College is one of the largest further education and higher education colleges in the United Kingdom. Based in the city of Nottingham in England, it provides education and training from pre-entry through to university-degree level at its 10 centres in the city and around Nottinghamshire.

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