• 6 Jul 2023
  • Online

Cyber attacks The directors' role, responsibility and liability

Directors' Role, Responsibility, and Liability in Cyber Attacks

Cyber Security and data breaches are becoming a nightmare for business owners as the 'regulators and prosecutors are becoming more determined to take personal action against directors and senior executives who fail to deal adequately with cyber security breaches'.  

The occurrence of cyber attacks is alarming in frequency and scale and its concerning for Directors - WH Smith was one of the most recently attacked companies in the UK in which company data was accessed illegally, including the personal details of current and former employees, the retailer has revealed. 

Given the global nature of regulatory trends and the fact that cyber breaches are increasingly a fact of business life, UK-based directors will be justifiably concerned at the prospect of a potential increase in the risk of personal liability arising from cyber breaches.

However, a closer look at the facts of each of these cases suggests that aggravating factors prompted the authorities to target the individuals concerned.

Join this online event and hear from Cyber Resilence experts from the North East Business Resilence centre. 


Rebecca Chapman - CEO of the NEBRC and Serving Police Superintendent

Rebecca is a Superintendent with 30 years policing experience across uniform and CID disciplines, both at a district level and central departments. She has a keen interest in collaboration and the cyber world, having worked on many collaborative projects, she has a proven track record of delivery. Rebecca has been a Tactical Firearms commander, Post Incident Manager, Silver CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) commander and works for the South Yorkshire Force. She is currently seconded to the NE Region as Collaboration Lead for Cyber and the CEO/Director of the NEBRC.

Steve Leach - Head of Business Development at the NEBRC and Detective Inspector

Steve is a Detective Inspector with 28 years policing experience, the majority spent within CID, both at a Force and Regional level. Steve has always had an interest in the digital and cyber world. Prior to joining the police he graduated university with an Electronic Systems Engineering degree. Within the police he has worked in internet investigations and managed communication data investigators, radio frequency technicians and Digital Forensic Examiners. More recently he was part of the team that was responsible for creating the force-wide Cyber Crime Unit. He has previous experience of force and region-wide Projects from design through implementation to delivery.

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