Cyber security webinar with Templar Executives (Academy Ambassadors)

As teachers and students get used to different ways of working, a fundamental part of ‘new norm’ in child protection and safety and security whilst ensuring students remain at the heart of the learning experience, relies on implementing hybrid working environments encompassing remote learning and outsourced operations. This has triggered an acceleration in the adoption of digital technologies such as social media apps, cloud solutions, virtual reality tools and personal devices.

It has also brought into sharp focus growing concerns about exploitation of the sector through its increasing vulnerability to Cyber attacks and data breaches. Faced with so many different priorities and challenges, in a sector that is being targeted for its veritable treasure trove of sensitive data, it has never been more important to demonstrate effective leadership and foster a culture which values and protects business critical information. In today’s environment, ensuring Cyber Security is addressed at a Board/Governor level and implemented through the people, processes and technology agenda is fundamental to the reputational risk of every education institution and the evolving delivery of high quality education.

This webinar will discuss the current Cyber threat landscape, including the impacts of COVID-19 and the pragmatic steps schools can implement to effectively manage the Cyber risks to their organisation, enable staff awareness and safeguard the delivery and development of high quality learning and teaching to their students in an increasingly digital dependent environment.  

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Martin Howlett MBE

Martin was in education for 23 years and latterly for the last nine years in Headteacher and Principal roles. Working with staff from three schools, as Headteacher/Principal, he supported the movement of three schools out of the Special Measures category. Martin was then given a contract to support the development of the Parental Engagement Strategy in New York at which point he started a leadership development and coaching business in the US. Two years later, Martin sold the business and back in the UK supported the third sector with employability skills development. Founding two Trusts, one Secondary and one Alternative Provision Trust, Martin has been focused on supporting high quality education opportunities for young people. Martin was approached to develop strategies for ‘re-focusing’ young people who had crossed the legal line in Cyber and digital. Founding two young person led Security Operations Centres (SOCs), Martin was able to work on the skills deficit agenda in Cyber Security by working with over 500 young people. Now working with Templar Executives and the Cyber Security sector supporting critical national infrastructure, Martin understands the challenges and potential solutions that will reduce Cyber risk in the education sector and ultimately safeguard and protect the quality of learning and teaching in our schools and academies. Martin has a national role as a Vice Chairman of the Information Assurance and Advisory Council for the UK and was awarded an MBE for his work in Cyber Security skills development.

Emran Ali

Emran is the Technical and Clinical Delivery Lead at Templar Executives and brings a significant amount of experience not only within the Cyber Security sector but also the Healthcare and Retail sector to name a few. He provides security leadership and hands on technical operational delivery for a number of Templar Executives clients.

Having obtained a degree in Business Economics from the University of Hertfordshire, Emran then went on to become a qualified Clinical Pharmacy Technician. Before joining Templar Executives, Emran spent 3 years running his own catering business and then a further 10 years in a variety of senior commercial roles both within the Healthcare and Retail industry.  Known as a strategic thinker, leading a large multi-site business, managing teams of excess of over 150 people, involved in many change management programs and new healthcare service development initiatives across the UK.

He is also qualified as a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), a Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP), a ISO27001 Information Security Lead Auditor and a member of the International Information Systems Security Consortium. Emran most recently led the ‘Community Pharmacy Cyber Security Program’ across the UK, providing strategic insight from a People, Process and Technology perspective.

Keith Simpson

Keith is Headteacher of Neston High School, Cheshire, an 11-18 comprehensive school with 1,750 students and 220 staff.

Keith has had over thirty years experience in six secondary schools leading on strategic implementation with a focus on the holistic outcomes of every young person. He has a national profile working to support emotional and mental health through the collaboration of education, health and voluntary services working together under a common goal.

Dealing with the ever complex international and national landscape he is very aware of the positive and complex challenges that technology presents at both a macro and micro level thereby is very proactive and reflective on the role of cyber security now takes in managing and protecting an organisation and its community.

Event location

United Kingdom