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Cyber security experts to headline free university event

March 14 2015


Cyber security will be top of the agenda when an army of top businessmen headline a free University event.

Key members of Solvings Ltd, a Mold-based IT company, will talk about the importance of cyber security and online protection at Glyndŵr University’s GEM (greet, eat and meet) breakfast forum at the OpTIC Centre in St Asaph on March 26.

Former soldier Dougie Eaglesham, hi-tech security experts Dr Les Pritchard, managing director Steve Lysaght and ex-detective Tony Wilkins are to discuss how important it is for industry leaders to pioneer new technologies and protect their interests.

Steve has spent the last 15 years building Solvings from a one-man back-bedroom operation to a thriving SME with local, national and international customers.

Having established strong relationships through long-standing contracts in the Ministry of Defence (MoD), Steve worked hard to create an organisation which understands the challenges facing business owners when it comes to implementing security measures.

Most recently, he led the company through the process which has resulted in Solvings receiving the Government’s Cyber Essentials certification.

He said: “Cyber security is one of the fastest growing problems facing companies of all sizes and is something everyone should be addressing, but in our experience, it can be difficult for ‘non-techy’ companies to know exactly what steps they need to take to take.

“We’re looking forward to offering local companies some insight into the world of cyber security and to showing businesses that tackling this issue isn’t as daunting, or expensive, as it can appear, with the right guidance.”

Dougie added: “There is very little we do in business which does not involve IT or online activity.  As a result, every business holds large amounts of data, whether it be client/customer lists, financial transactions or employee records - keeping this data secure should be a major priority for business owners.  

“Our session will provide those in attendance with information about cyber security, both within the UK and internationally, looking at current government regulations and how this affects you as a small business owner.”

Wrexham-based Glyndŵr University’s Head of Business Development and Funding, Mick Card, said the OpTIC Centre – which celebrated its 10th anniversary recently – has gone from strength to strength.

He looks forward to welcoming Solvings for what will be a “fascinating discussion” on a subject which is “increasingly relevant and vital” for business owners.

“Over the last year we’ve enjoyed very interesting presentations from some of the region’s top industry leaders,” said Mick.

“Cyber-crime is high up the agenda for all companies so this should be a fascinating discussion.”

He added: “We hope to see plenty of people in attendance on the day. This is a chance to learn more about the subject and engage with other companies for free.

“GEM provides people with a platform not only to network but to garner skills and advice that will help them in business.”

GEM takes place from 8am-10am on Thursday March 26.

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