Enabling Safe Business

‘Enabling Safe Business’ is a series of events organised by NEICT to bring service managers, information owners and governance, assurance and security professionals together to collectively explore issues such as:

  • Public Services Network (PSN) compliance
  • Changes in data protection legislation
  • Cloud security
  • The cyber security threat landscape
North East Regional Civic Cyber Resilience Workshop 18th September 2019
Littlehaven Hotel, South Shields
Summary here
Enabling Safe Business  – resilient public services 19th September 2018
Stadium of Light, Sunderland

who should attend?

  • public service managers (especially those for vulnerable people)
  • information asset owners
  • elected Members and managers responsible for IT, resilience, IT security, business continuity, elections, registrars


  • councils
  • health
  • emergency services
  • charities and third sector organisations delivering public services
  • universities
  • LRF partners in the private sector

..in Durham, Tees Valley, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.

planned programme includes

  • Feedback from Northumbria LRF Exercise Skynet
  • National cyber security programme and civic resilience, MHCLG and Emergency Planning College (confirmed)
  • Supporting councils with civic cyber resilience, LGA  (confirmed)
  • An overview of LRFs and key processes / language
  • What’s the private sector doing locally? Dynamo North East (confirmed)
  • Vulnerabilities from consumer technology and social media, Mark Johnson, TRMG (confirmed)
  • Start at home – changing the organisation’s culture around cyber resilience
  • Current cyber threat landscape
  • Tools available to public sector

register here

Enabling Safe Business  – disaster recovery 19th July 2017
Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham
Experience and Lessons Learned from unplanned outages

  • NHS Business Services Authority: Nick O’ Reilly
  • Sunderland City Council: Scott Butler and Richard Wright
  • Round the room – one per organisation
    • Who you are, where from
    • An overview of one of your unplanned outages
    • Share a couple of lessons learned, especially anything “remarkable”


Table discussions: exploration of the issues

  • Factors that might help eg O365 / cloud
  • Factors that might hinder eg O365 / cloud
What might good look like?

  • Approaches to Disaster Recovery Plans: Mark Brett
  • Working with service management colleagues: James Maughan and Dave Patterson, South Tyneside Council

Discussion / Q&A

Table discussions: what next?

  • Regional actions
  • Local actions
Enabling Safe Business  – a closer look at Cloud 18th March 2016
Sunderland Software Centre
More and more services used by public services are being provided in the cloud and accessed online.  We used to call these hosted systems – it’s all the same.

With the growth of the ‘apps economy’ it is easier than ever for colleagues to process data using online services, sometimes without the knowledge of IT, information security or data protection colleagues.

“Enabling Safe Business: a closer look at cloud” is a half-day, free-to-attend workshop which aims to bring together key players from north east public services to explore:

  • Context
    • Trends towards cloud and types of cloud service
  • Risks
    • Impact on business of cloud failures
    • Risks from the growth of Shadow IT (including that nothing is ever FREE)
  • Mitigation
    • Information Security and Data Protection considerations of cloud
    • Ensuring we procure cloud services taking into account of the risks involved

The workshop will be held at a central location in the Region and should be of interest to

  • Senior Information Risk Owners (SIROs)
  • Information Asset Owners
  • Heads of IT
  • Data Protection Officers
  • Information Security officers
  • Procurement officers
  • School Business Managers
  • Elected Members
  • School Governors
Enabling Safe Business ‘15 11th June 2015
Sunderland Software Centre
  • Introduction
  • Threats to the business
  • Keeping services safe
  • Supporting risk management
  • Making sure the Public Service Network (PSN) works for us
Introductory Video

Phil Jackman’s introduction

Youtube playlist of useful videos

Enabling Safe Business 11th July 2013
Sunderland Software Centre
  • So what’s stopping us?
  • What should we do?
  • Why worry?
  • What must we do?
  • Keeping systems safe – simply and cost effectively
  • PSN CoCo compliance
  • Information classification and Government Protective Marking
  • Managing information on mobile devices
  • Panel Question and Answer session