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Cyber security essentials training for business

Date: 8th October 2019

Time: 09:00 - 16:30

Law Society of Scotland
Atria One, 144 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8EX, United Kingdom

CPD Hours: 6hours

This one-day course explores in practical and non-technical terms current cyber security threats, and how to prepare, prevent and defend against them.

Early bird discount available | 20% off all rates until 17 May
  • £11 million of client money stolen due to cyber crime in 2016-17
  • 60% of law firms reported to have suffered information security incident in same period
  • Organisations that handle data and funds, such as law firms, are attractive and common targets for cyber-attacks
    Source: 'The cyber threat to UK legal sector' report, National Cyber Security Centre, July 2018

This one-day course is specifically designed to give professionals a non-technical, up-to-date brief on the essential elements of cyber security.

Through real-life cases and examples, this course will help solicitors understand the approaches and techniques used in cyber-attacks, how to prepare for and defend against them, as well as addressing internal staff behaviours and the risks these pose to organisations’ security.

Register now to get the knowledge and skills to protect your organisation from cyber threats and attacks in the increasingly digitalised world.

  • Develop approaches and strategies to build resilience and protect your organisation from cyber-attacks
  • Enhance understanding of internal and external cyber threats
  • Defend against threats and implement preventative techniques in your own organisation
  • How to apply risk assessments and risk management in cyber security
  • Learn the relevant standards and frameworks in cyber security
  • Know what questions to ask your suppliers and contracts to gain relevant assurance

Dr Keith Nicholson CISA, CISM has more than 30 years’ practical experience in IT, information security and data modelling.  Previously a professor at universities in New Zealand, Denmark and Scotland he was an early adopter of e-commerce and in 1993 Keith authored “Doing business on the Internet”. 

He provides independent advisory services in cyber security, digital technologies and critical communications to government and business and acts as the bridge between business and technology.

Security cleared, Keith has provided information security and cyber security advice to boards in a wide range of clients in multiple sectors, including legal, education, health, energy and environment as well as a range of public bodies, emergency services and the Scottish Government.

He is a member of the Scottish Government’s Cross-Public Sector Cyber Resilience Group and as part of the Cyber Security Strategy Group contributed to the Scottish Government cyber resilience strategy paper.

Reduced rate (Trainees, new members, accredited paralegals)

  • £245 + VAT
  • £195 + VAT (more than one place)

Member rate

  • £295 + VAT
  • £245 + VAT (more than one place)

Non-member rate

  • £345 + VAT
  • £295 + VAT (more than one place)

Unemployed member

  • £195 + VAT

To book more than one place, enquire about bespoke and/ or in-house training please email

  • 09:00 - 09:30

    Registration and refreshments
  • Participants will consider their personal objectives, key areas of interest and cyber security risk within their own organisation.

  • 10:00 - 11:30

    • Threat landscape and examples of current attack trends and incidents, including the role of the 'dark web'
    • Undertake a 'Lessons Identified' exercise that highlights recent techniques used by cyber criminals to introduce malware and penetrate corporate IT and communication systems

  • 11:30 - 11:45

    Refreshments break
  • 11:45 - 13:00

    • Up-to-date brief on new sources of cyber threats
    • Exmine the rapid expansion of mobile devices, problems and threats posed at personal and organisational level
    • Internet of things - the threats from Wi-Fi and internet-enabled devices

  • 13:00 - 13:30

    Lunch break
  • 13:30 - 14:45

    • Compromising networks from within the organisation
    • Raising staff awareness of cyber threats
    • Embedding good behavioural practices within the workplace and when travelling on business
    • Rising threat of social engineering, enabling both electronic and physical threat penetration of the workplace

  • 14:45 - 15:00

    Refreshments break
  • 15:00 - 16:15

    • Contingency planning and business continuity
    • Suitable staff training
    • Appropriate accreditations for your organisation
    • Tips for becoming an intelligent cyber security client, including: certifications to look for in suppliers, questions to ask and relevant international standards

  • 16:15 - 16:30

    Review course outcomes and follow-up actions

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