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Greater Manchester as the ‘epicenter’ of cybersecurity will be the focus of this year’s Digital City Festival Prolific North

At this year’s Digital City Festival, a number of key industry speakers and events will showcase Greater Manchester as the destination for cybersecurity innovation.

With the region already home to GCHQ, the UK’s national security agency, the week-long festival taking place from March 7-11 will celebrate how the region is the epicenter of cybersecurity in the UK and around the world. world.

The two-day showcase at Digital City Expo, the festival’s main event held in Manchester Central, will include an opening session from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) with key figures exploring how Greater Manchester is a global digital influence in cyber on Wednesday March 9th.

During the session, attendees will hear from Bev Craig, Manchester Council Leader and GMCA Head of Digital, Education, Skills, Work and Learning; and Victoria Knight, director of strategic campaigns at BAE systems and co-chair of the Greater Manchester Cyber ​​Security Advisory Group.

The event will also include reflections from Detective Superintendent Neil Jones, CEO of the North West Cyber ​​Resilience Centre; Ruby Motabhoy, chief innovation officer at Plexall; and Professor Emma Barrett OBE, Professor of Psychology, Security and Trust at the University of Manchester and Director of SPRITE+.

The session will explore the steps Greater Manchester has taken to be recognized internationally as a center of digital innovation, research and practice in the cybersecurity sector. This follows news last year that the government’s National Cyber ​​Force had chosen the area as its new permanent base.

It will also discuss the threats of cybercrime and why the cybersecurity industry is crucial due to the increase in remote working and the shift of businesses and services online.