Cyber Security - What Trustees need to know - FREE webinar **REGISTRATION CLOSED**

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26 October 2022 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm

This two-hour online webinar will give you an overview of best practice in cyber security and how you can protect your organisation. It is designed for trustees/board members and will outline the responsibilities of the board in this area.

The Code of Good Governance sets out the principles and key elements of good governance for the boards of voluntary and community organisations in Northern Ireland. Principle 3 of the Code states that the board should maintain control, make effective decisions and manage risk

Good cyber security is all about managing risks. The process for improving and governing cyber security will be similar to the process you use for other organisational risks. It is a continuous process and has three overlapping components, in the National Cyber Security Board Toolkit, summarised below:

  • Get the information you need to make well informed decisions on the risks you face.
  • Use this information to understand and prioritise your risks.
  • Take steps to manage those risks.

This FREE online training session delivered by Simon Whittaker, Vertical Structure CEO, will give you the information you need which will help you prioritise and manage your risks.

The vast majority of cyber attacks originate when someone clicks on an unsafe link or attachment. With cyber threats constantly changing, automated email security programmes only go so far to eliminate bad links.That’s why, for an organisation to be wholly secure, all levels, including board members, need to have an awareness of cyber security.

The aim of this session is to give board members an overview of their responsibilities in cyber security and actions that they can take to improve the cyber security of their organisation.


  • The role of Trustees in cyber security
  • Basic security
  • Examples of different networks
  • Examples of different operating systems
  • Malware
  • Antivirus: What should your organisation have in place?
  • Examples of malware infections and preventions
  • Data Protection Legislation and your responsibilities
  • Invoice redirection fraud
  • Passwords.

In addition to this, we will also make use of the Cyber Security Toolkit for Boards from the National Cyber Security Centre.

One to one follow-up clinics

We are pleased to be able to offer some of those who attend this online session a follow-up one to one clinic with Vertical Structure to help action plan to improve their cyber security and get practical help. You can request a free clinic at the end of the training session.

Further information

Further information can be found on the NICVA website -

Cyber Security Guide Introduction

Cyber Security Guide Actions

The Facilitator 

Simon Whittaker – CEO at Vertical Structure

Simon has been working in the IT industry for over 20 years, and co-founded Vertical Structure with Marc Dowie in 2006.

He has extensive experience helping companies understand how to grapple with the challenge of protecting themselves from threats and helping clients find solutions to their cyber security problems.

He helps organisations to understand their current security posture, their future goals and outlining how to achieve those goals. This includes working with companies on a long-term basis using coaching and mentoring techniques to help drive process improvement and provide external feedback.


Cancellation Policy

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