11th March 2021 marked the anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring the outbreak of a COVID-19 pandemic.

Babel hosted a webinar during which an expert panel discussed how the pandemic has impacted the business cybersecurity threat landscape.

Among the topics under discussion:

  • How has the pandemic influenced the nature of the cybersecurity threats which organisations face?
  • What insight do journalists need from cybersecurity firms in their attempts to explain evolving cyber threats
  • What makes a comment pass the test for inclusion in articles?
  • How do different channels employ comment from security experts?
  • As the vaccine roll-out continues and the cyber threats evolve further, how best can organisations build reputation with journalists, and in turn their audiences?

Panelists

Nicole Perlroth

Cybersecurity Reporter
New York Times

Nicole has covered Russian hacks of nuclear plants, airports, and elections, North Korea’s cyberattacks against movie studios, banks and hospitals, Iranian attacks on oil companies, banks and the Trump campaign and hundreds of Chinese cyberattacks. Ms. Perlroth is a guest lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a graduate of Princeton University and Stanford University.

Professor Ciaran Martin, CB

Founding Chief Executive of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), currently Professor of Practice in the Management of Public Organisations, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

Ciaran led a fundamental shift in the UK’s approach to cyber security in the second half of the last decade. He successfully advocated for a wholesale change of approach towards a more interventionist posture and this was adopted by the Government in the 2015 National Security Strategy, leading to the creation of the NCSC in 2016 under his leadership.