The social housing sector has seen a spate of major cyber security breaches in recent weeks with one of the biggest attacks disrupting services for thousands of housing association tenants. For organisations, it’s a case of ‘when’ and not ‘if’.

Our workshop, led by one of the country’s leading cyber security experts, will provide practical advice on prevention, how to respond when an attack takes place, and how to put things right afterwards.

Cybercrime continues to adapt and grow, affecting companies and individuals across the UK. Essential public services are particularly vulnerable and social housing organisations are no exception.

It is estimated that cybercrime costs the UK £27 billion a year, causing damage to businesses’ infrastructure, supply chains and reputations.

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    With 39% of businesses identifying cyber security breaches or attacks in 2021 – it is essential to be prepared. Business resilience and cyber security must be a top priority, especially with an increasingly remote workforce.

    Hear from Johnty Mongan, Head of Cyber Risk Management at Gallagher insurance, on how to defend your corporate network. You will see live the type of attacks that are prevalent today and what is causing large cyber claims for organisations.

    Johnty will be joined by Joanne Vengadesan, Oliver Cooke and Gemma Woodhouse from Penningtons Manches Cooper who will look at cyber security from an employment, commercial and disputes perspective.

    What will be covered:

    • Prevention – data protection and privacy by design, employment contracts & internal policies, supply chain audits, insurance, prevention plans and training
    • Action – immediate crisis response, strategic planning, ransomware demands, interaction with Regulators, reputation management and business continuity
    • Remediation – litigation strategy, investigations, review and improvement plans

    Who should attend?

    This session is essential for everyone responsible for the safety and security of their organisation’s networks and systems.

  • Our Speakers

    Johnty Mongan, Head of Cyber Risk Management, Gallagher

    Johnty is the head of Cyber Risk Management at Gallagher, which is a fast-growing consultancy driven by the demand for cyber expertise globally. Johnty has delivered over 200 cybersecurity improvement projects from small to enterprise clients. These security projects include Cyber Essentials implementation, IASME implementation, vulnerability scanning, GDPR auditing, business continuity and disaster recovery planning, and much more. Johnty has a depth and breadth of knowledge to deliver easy to understand and pragmatic advice to anybody looking to improve their cybersecurity posture. With a first-class degree in engineering and computer science, Johnty has continued his learning to become a GDPR practitioner and ISO 27001 lead implementer, this allows him to consult on all matters of information security and deliver industry-leading security programmes to any size of the client.

    Joanne Vengadesan, Partner, Penningtons Manches Cooper

    Joanne is a commercial lawyer, specialising in technology transactions and data protection. Her work encompasses structuring and negotiating contracts for complex technology projects, IT agreements, intellectual property and technology licensing, e-commerce and consumer law issues. Joanne has particular expertise in the electric vehicle sector, where she has been assisting a client on its contracts with key partners in relation to electric vehicle charge point infrastructure, as well as on consumer law issues. As an expert in data protection laws, she advises numerous clients on data protection compliance in light of the General Data Protection Regulation. She also has expertise in brand protection, and she and her team manage intellectual property portfolios on behalf of a wide range of clients.

    Joanne is recommended by independent legal directories Chambers UK and The Legal 500 for her commercial, information technology and intellectual property work.  She has been described in these directories as ‘smart, approachable, responsive and easy to work with’, ‘an excellent negotiator’ and ‘professional, pragmatic and knowledgeable’. She is also a recommended expert for data protection and IT, and has been identified as a thought leader in data, in Who’s Who Legal 2019.

    Joanne is the co-chair of the intellectual property and technology specialist group of leading international law firm network Multilaw. She also served as the chancellor of the Multilaw Academy for many years, providing training on cross-border transactions and negotiations. She is the co-chair of the Data Protection Committee for global technology law association iTechLaw. She heads the firm’s digital business sector group.

    Oliver Cooke, Senior Associate, Penningtons Manches Cooper

    Oliver is a senior associate in the commercial dispute resolution team in London. His practice focuses on advising companies and individuals on business crime matters such as fraud, bribery and corruption, as well as regulatory compliance issues. He represents clients across a wide range of sectors in relation to investigations, prosecutions and enforcement actions instigated by a number of bodies including the Serious Fraud Office, Financial Conduct Authority, HMRC, the Financial Reporting Council and the Crown Prosecution Service. Oliver’s work in this area has included advising on the first UK Deferred Prosecution Agreement in November 2015.

    Many of Oliver’s cases have a multi-jurisdictional aspect, and he has experience of advising on matters involving the United States Department of Justice, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, the European Anti-Fraud Office, and the States of Jersey Police. He is also regularly instructed on business disputes, and has conducted cases in both the Business and Property Courts of England and Wales, and the Commercial Court.

    Oliver joined Penningtons Manches Cooper in 2018. Prior to this, he worked in the London offices of two US-headquartered, global law firms where he advised clients on a wide range of corporate crime matters and commercial disputes.

    Gemma Woodhouse, Partner, Penningtons Manches Cooper

    Gemma specialises in both contentious and non-contentious employment law and has a keen interest in all aspects of discrimination law. Since qualification in 2007, she has been involved with a significant Court of Appeal decision, a number of tribunal hearings and appeals to the Employment Appeal Tribunal. She has also provided corporate support in relation to business transfers and reorganisations and advised on the terms of compromise agreements, employment contracts and employee handbooks. In addition, Gemma has provided guidance to clients on the implications of TUPE and the terms of commercial outsourcing arrangements.

    Gemma advises independent schools and academies on a number of HR and education specific issues including safeguarding responsibilities and compliance requirements. She regularly writes in the ISBA Bursar’s Review and provides training to schools on employment updates, safeguarding requirements and management of staff including performance management. Gemma hosts several forums for HR directors and managers within independent schools.

    Listed as a ‘leading individual’ in Chambers UK, Gemma has been described as ‘a rare commodity in the legal world combining commercial awareness of the organisation she is working with and a legal brain’. She is a member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.


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    Members of any HQN network - 1 delegate £175.00
    Members of any HQN network - 2 delegates £150.00
    Members of any HQN network - 3+ delegates £125.00
    Non-members - 1 delegate £200.00
    Non-members - 2 delegates £175.00
    Non-members - 3+ delegates £150.00

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Dates and prices

27 September 2022
10:30am - 2:00pm
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