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Exploring smart cities and cyber industry future

Cynam, the Cheltenham-based networking organisation for Gloucestershire's cyber technology community, is staging a second major conference this year.

The virtual event on 10th June will explore the 'Internet of Things' and 'Smart Cities' and what these mean for the cyber industry.

Sessions will feature cyber-tech organisations such as the Information Security Group and Ladies of Cheltenham Hacking Society.

The National Cyber Security Centre has warned that smart cities could become a target for attacks through vulnerabilities found in IoT (Internet of Things) devices in their Connected Places of Cyber Security Principles. The latest Cynam event, CyNam 21.2 - Smart Cyber: Securing the IoT and the cities of the future will offer a series of discussions, Q&As and unique insight from leading cyber experts and academia.

It will explore IoT and how cyber innovation can help enable smart cities of the future. The event is for anyone interested in growing their cyber knowledge, including professionals or students with an interest in the cyber sector and digital transformation.

It is delivered in partnership with the Cheltenham Science Festival, and will be streamed live from Hub8, a co-working space in Cheltenham dedicated to the flourishing cyber-tech sector, with a range of physical and virtual presentations.

Details for the first discussions have been announced, including headline sessions from Information Security Group's Professor Lizzie Coles-Kemp and Ladies of Cheltenham Hacking Society's Sophia McCall.

Further details about the agenda will be announced throughout the month, including sessions from sponsors Field Effect and IBM, and CGI, the headline sponsor.

Richard Yorke, Director at CyNam, said: "With the enabling 5G and IoT technology evolving at pace, smart cities are rapidly becoming a reality and will impact all aspects of life. Well-designed security is paramount and key to building the trust needed for smart cities to work for citizens and businesses alike.

"Our summer event promises to be full of interesting discussion around these challenges and how the UK's cyber sector can safeguard smart cities from future breaches as well as showcasing emerging technology in this space. If you have an interest in cyber, this is not one to be missed."

Registration for CyNam 21.2 is now open, with the two-hour conference taking place from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm BST. The organisation brings together Cheltenham's cyber cluster, enabling opportunities for networking, innovation and collaboration from start-ups to multinational brands. After their March event, students who took part in the showcase were later offered job opportunities in top cyber security firms, demonstrating how CyNam helps people to enter the cyber-tech sector regardless of age, gender or background.

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