Join our Brexit workshop in collaboration with DCMS.
Last month saw the NWCSC work in collaboration with DCMS, TechUK and CGP to host a Brexit workshop at our member, Marks and Clerk to listen to the thoughts of a collection of cyber security professionals from a range of SMEs and large corporations.
DCMS, TeckUK and CGP also hosted a similar workshop in London a few weeks prior and collated the information gathered to form a comprehensive report which looked at both the South and North.
What was apparent was that there were many of the same issues which were repeated across both workshops, however in the Northern workshop many of the cyber security professionals and companies were of the opinion that the referendum was done and we had to make the best that we could of the situation. Many positives were highlighted including opportunities to further business, develop skills within the UK and that many business owners will have faced more difficult hardships in the past.
Below are the minutes taken from the Northern Workshop and also a link to the overall outcome of both.
Brexit workshop – Exiting the EU Cyber Security Workshop
Attending (Business and departments only)
Chair Lancaster University
Marks and Clerk
CPSL Vice Chair of NWCSC
NWCSC Operations Manager
Sanitas Chairman of NWCSC
Get U Secure
Global Brands Protection
Telefonica / o2
There is a huge amount of activity surrounding Brexit at the moment and hearing your concerns is going to be valuable in building a strategy.
Be open about any other EU landscape where there could be an opportunity or a barrier to be removed as well as any other cyber specific issues you have.
Cyber specific activities going on at the moment is that there will be a new cyber security strategy being announced soon with a broader overarching digital and then an industrial agenda.
The cyber strategy is happening post Brexit to ensure that it is relevant.
The national cyber security centre was soft launched over the weekend, there is no physical building at the moment as it is being refurbished and everything that is to do with the cyber challenge and the government will be housed in this building.
This is not an isolated workshop, we are building an evidence base and we will take the information from today and write up the main points raised. This will then feed into the Leaving The EU department and help us to have a better understanding on what businesses need from us during Brexit.
At the moment there seems to be uncertainty about GDPR is it going to go ahead.
A host of standards within the EU that we may need to rethink.
Potential disadvantages of non-compliance and dealing within the EU.
Employment and the ability to hire from the EU and it is crucial we can employ from that talent pool, crucial in terms of growth. If it became harder to employ talent from the EU it will make growth harder.
We would become resource constricted, we have put a lot of effort into our trading.
There is a shortage of people who have 10 year + experience and those with unique talents.
Our threat is not from the employee market, for us to safeguard our interests it is GDPR as we are being asked constantly about this as in do we need to do it. GDPR needs to be clarified, will it incorporate EU nationals under UK law?
There is a possibility of creating a 2 tier environment by non compliance being needed trading within the UK and needing regulations to trade with the EU.
UK influencing standards, the ability to shape the standards what we have to comply with are essential.
Access to single market – cyber security is seen as a non essential in a lot of instances, and when a businesses bottom line is cut from leaving the single market, non essentials will be cut back possibly including cyber security.
Trading with Europe could be more profitable, companies stopping and having a house clean and basically being forced into having a reset and in turn raising our industry and get ourselves more resilient. It is a massive opportunity where as they were looking at 28% in Europe so why not look at 40% in China.
More diverse and bigger markets. Businesses are now investing in costs that they would not have invested in previously where it comes to cyber security within their businesses as they have realised things can happen and can happen quickly.
It is exposing possible risks and flaws within a business that they are now having to patch up.
At the moment the ease of import and export is there, how will this change?
Bureaucracy may play a major part in challenging some companies with trade and clarification is needed around software as a trade product.
Lancaster University has large EU grants to help and develop businesses. What will happen if this money goes, how are we going to grow and develop businesses?
Continuation of growth between businesses and academia is required. Will the government fill the gap of where the EU funding?
State aid subsidies there are some issues accessing these and this could be made easier.
Are there any plans to revise SME tax levies?
Ip issues – there are no issues that have been seen, other forms such as trade secrets, trademarks will be effected. There will be more cost involved to trade within the EU in regards to this.
What should the government be doing to help?
Government initiatives what have you accessed?
UKTI setting up offices
Access to external sources of funding
Cyber Essentials Standard
There is a lack of businesses accessing what is available to them, there needs to be more communication from government to businesses.
How many companies provide medium to low awareness training – it will be the new health and safety tick.
If the government could adopt certain cyber strategies to lead by example, that would help all businesses to get inline.
Potential trend around the British DNS firewall and a central control mechanism, this is potentially a concern thinking about high level business and consumer rights.
Join our Brexit workshop in collaboration with DCMS.
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