The first day of CyberUK, saw delegates being welcomed into the Arena & Conference Centre (ACC) in Liverpool. With fabulous views across the Mersey, drop in zones and a bustling exhibition hall it has been the perfect environment for networking, thinking innovatively and solving problems.
It was great to see such a variety of exhibitors – from global corporations to the small–medium enterprises taking centre stage in the SME Zone. 950 delegates mingling and swapping ideas created a buzz throughout the exhibition centre, in the sessions, the breakout areas, around the spotlight stage, and in the sunshine on the dockside.
Alex Dewdney, Director of Cyber Security, GCHQ set the tone for the event. Highlighting how 2016 is an important year in the shifting landscape of cyber security, and how progress must come through openness, collaboration and action.
"CyberUK will showcase what we can do together as teams, departments, and organisations to use digital data and technology as safely and securely as we can. It's about sharing plans for moving beyond seeing security simply as a goal in itself. It's about how we embed it into everything we do making government and society more cohesive and resilient."
With a packed agenda, Day 1 has been busy, covering topics from transforming government security to human factor in software updates - CyberUK in practice already feels like a very different event.