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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, (NCSAM), and to mark it Trowers & Hamlins' cyber team is undertaking a number of initiatives to spotlight best practice in bolstering cyber resilience. 

The firm will be issuing two updated cyber white papers, "Strengthening Cyber Resilience in Supply Chains" and "Addressing Cyber Threats in the Public Sector: Navigating Growing Risks", as well as conducting a cyber roundtable as part of Birmingham Tech Week, which takes place from the 16th to the 20th October. The event will bring together industry experts, Government and business leaders to explore whether artificial intelligence (AI) creates opportunities or poses a threat to business. The round table will draw insights from prominent experts in the field and speaking to some of the leading voices in the UK's cyber arena.

Cyber Security Awareness Month, and Trowers' focus on cyber, come as the surge in cyber-attacks, including malware and ransomware threats, continues to grow. The increasing need for remote workforce security, plus the rapid development of machine learning affecting both the public sector and businesses, all mean that the imperative for education, readiness, and cyber response strategies has never been more pressing.

The recent World Economic Forum Global Cybersecurity Outlook 2023 found that 43% of organisational leaders think it is likely that in the next two years a cyberattack will materially affect their own organisation.

Charlotte Clayson, Partner and expert on cybersecurity, remarked:

"Cyber Security is a topic that is rightly at the top of the agenda for many of our clients. Not only are cyber-attacks becoming increasingly common and more sophisticated, with the impact being felt across all business sectors and institutions, but the recent developments in the world of Artificial Intelligence add another layer of complexity and potential vulnerability into the mix.

"We have been working closely with clients throughout the year to guide them through this developing landscape and NCSAM is a great opportunity to shine a light on these issues, and to work together to manage the risk to both the public and private sector. When it comes to cyber resilience it's impossible to be over prepared."

NCSAM follows the recent National Cyber Awards, which were held on the 25th September, which Trowers sponsored, in a move that reinforced the firms dedication to recognising and supporting excellence in the realm of cybersecurity.