BDO Cybersecurity Webinar Series

BDO Cybersecurity Webinar Series

Cybercrime has rapidly become the most common crime experienced by individuals and businesses. Most organisations have many unaddressed cyber vulnerabilities and the threat is growing every year. 

During the month of October, we will host a four-part webinar series designed to equip Board members and Non-Executive Directors with the information they need to ensure that cybersecurity is managed properly for the businesses you are working in.

Each session features an expert who will explain the critical points in effective cybercrime protection.

Past webinars

Webinar 1: An introduction to cybersecurity | Thursday, 7th October, 13:00 - 13:45

Our first webinar explored the fundamentals of cybersecurity, using plain English to explain commonly used terms with Bob Semple, Member of the Governance Advisory Council at the Corporate Governance Institute.

Cybersecurity was considered in the context of good governance and board/senior leadership responsibility.

Key learnings from this event included:

  • having a better understanding of cybersecurity;
  • being familiar with commonly used terms; and
  • understanding the governance of cybersecurity.

Webinar 2: Common threats and vulnerabilities | Thursday, 14th October, 13:00 - 13:45

The second webinar with Kevin Harnett, Partner in Maples Group, looked at the steps an organisation can take to diagnose its cyber vulnerabilities. How you can identify them and their associated risks.

The session also covered cybersecurity and legal vulnerabilities.

Key learnings from this event included:

  • awareness of the different types of cybersecurity threats;
  • comfortable asking questions about what an organisation is doing to diagnose its vulnerabilities; and
  • understanding of pentesting and why it is useful.

Webinar 3: Protecting your organisation  | Thursday, 21st October, 13:00 - 13:45

The third webinar examined the core activities necessary for good cybersecurity with OphirZilbiger, BDO Global Cybersecurity Leader, BDO in Israel. 

Key learnings from this event included:

  • understanding the priority cybersecurity activities organisations should undertake; 
  • understanding why the activities are important; and
  • knowing what questions can be used to determine whether the activities are undertaken properly.

Webinar 4: Incident response | Thursday, 28th October, 13:00 - 13:45

The final webinar discussed how the impact of a cyber incident depends on how an organisation responds both publicly and privately with Alisa Charkova, Director, Risk Cyber Crisis Management & Incident Response, Teneo and Cormac Coughlan​, Associate Director, Issues Management and Corporate Reputation Advisory, Teneo.

 This session covered how an organisation should prepare for and respond to a cyber incident.

Key learnings from this event included:

  • knowing how organisations should prepare for a cyber incident;
  • being familiar with the various procedures necessary during an incident;
  • understanding the types of specialist input necessary during an incident; and
  • knowing what information to release, and when to release it.