Virtual Boardroom

Incident Response Planning & Execution: Preparation is Key

April 20, 2021  |  3:00pm BST

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Security incidents can happen without warning and they often go undetected for long periods of time. Organisations can at times, struggle to identify incidents because they often work in silos or because the number of alerts is overwhelming and hard to determine the signals among the noise.

In the immediate aftermath of discovering a security incident, organisations often face many questions and few answers amidst a frenzy of activity. What happened? What should we do now? What legal risks does the organisation now face, and how should it protect against them? In this fast-paced environment, it can be difficult to coordinate the activity across an incident response and handle it head on to minimise its direct impact on the organisation.

Advanced planning, including the development and execution of an incident response plan, allows the organisations to coordinate activities across a diverse array of different incident response workstreams, and test that coordination, before an incident takes hold.

Join Blackberry, Spectris and other senior IT and security leaders and decision-makers during this interactive 90-minute virtual boardroom which will equip you with insights and enable you to unite with your senior peers to openly discuss and understand how planning with layered defences, an IR plan and being able to quickly analyse and contain breaches is vital.

Boardroom Speakers.

Melissa Piner

Melissa Piner

Group IT Policy, Controls and Compliance Manager, Spectris

Melissa Piner is the Group IT Policy, Controls and Compliance Manager at Spectris plc, where she is responsible for the design, implementation, monitoring and management of global IT policies, controls framework and corresponding compliance initiatives. Melissa is a seasoned professional with over 20 years’ experience, before joining Spectris she worked in the recruitment industry for 15 years, where she was the focal point in the implementation of service delivery and the IT audit and control programmes across EMEA and APAC.

Anna-Lisa Miller

Anna-Lisa Miller

Group Chief Information Security Officer, Spectris

Anna-Lisa Miller is the Group Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Spectris plc, a world leader in specialist engineering and manufacturing of precision technology and services. Spectris provide their customers with expert insight through advanced instruments and test equipment, augmented by their software and services. This equips their customers with the ability to reduce time to market, improve processes, quality, and yield. In this way, Spectris know-how creates value for wider society, as customers design, develop, test, and manufacture their products to make the world a cleaner, healthier, and more productive place. Spectris employs approximately 8,000 people located in more than 30 countries.

Why Attend.

During this virtual boardroom we will also address:

  • If you’re not prepared, don’t panic! Useful tips on what to do you if an incident happens before you have a fully-formed plan – it is possible to survive a major incident without a plan, but how?

  • If you are prepared, don’t panic! Even if you have a plan, have tested, or rehearsed for that scenario, and feel ready, what else do you need to know before it happens for real?

  • How to prepare for the future – mentally, physically, and emotionally

  • A review of the powerful steps you can take and implement to truly prepare and rapidly formulate a high performing team when the time comes

  • Who else is required on the journey? Crisis response teams are often from multiple parts of the organisation, outside IT – how do you get them to understand the importance of being prepared for these incidents and what other mutual benefits are there?

  • A sharing of experiences, challenges, and forward-thinking approaches from your senior colleagues to find more efficient ways to navigate disruptive changes to the ever-evolving security environment  

  • Key takeaways: Resources to better equip yourself, your team, and the wider organisation in which you work

Solution Partner.

BlackBerry provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including 150M cars on the road today. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems.

BlackBerry’s vision is clear – to secure a connected future you can trust.

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