Smartdesc and Charity Finance Group Annual Conference
11-14th October 2021
Smartdesc’s Founder and Director, Chris Cranie, and James Field, Customer Strategy Director, are delighted to be joining an inspiring speaker line-up at Charity Finance Group’s flagship annual event the CFG Annual Conference, which takes place online 11-14 October 2021.
This event brings together a gathering of charity finance professionals and sector specialists to share ideas, expertise and technical knowledge. This is a great opportunity to connect with your peers across the UK and the programme offers sessions for all levels of charity finance experience.
James and Chris will be running a workshop called “Getting to grips with your IT Budget, without IT knowledge” at 2pm on Wednesday 13th October.
This interactive workshop is designed specifically to help Heads of Finance to be able to manage an IT budget when they may not have IT experience or in-house expertise. They will provide templates and resources as well as talking attendees through the main KPIs to track around financial health of a technology function within a charity of non-profit organisation.
Hear from many other fantastic speakers too by registering for the conference here:
Listen to the Everyone is Agile Webinar (recorded live)
The ‘Everyone is Agile’ Webinar discussed some of the challenges and successes charities have encountered with their IT and telecoms implementing remote working for everyone, almost overnight.
We heard from the Head of Technology at Mind, Adam Monks, on what went well, and what technology has been the most useful in helping staff communicate. Plus we suggest some practical IT Security tips, and share how communication tools have helped teamwork during the pandemic.
Click Here to listen to the webinar.
Cyber Attack Simulation and IT Security Awareness Training
Register your interest for the next course here.
For Charity and non-profit organisations.
How would you handle a cyber-attack?
Almost all successful cyber-attacks happen because, unwittingly, staff in the targeted group allow the attack into their network. Even with the best technology and strongest protection, it’s awareness that can be the weak link in preventing cyber-crime.
This half day event allows you to experience a ransomware attack similar to the recent NHS “wannacry” outbreak, but with none of the real-life damage.
The decisions you take as the cyber-attack unfolds will affect the final outcome – there are no right or wrong answers, but this is a chance to go through a simulated cyber-attack and learn which kind of approaches work best and how to prepare for such an event should it ever happen for real.
· Gain experience of what a Ransomware cyber-attack actually looks like.
· Learn about the initiatives available to help organisations protect their systems and train staff.
· Learn from cost effective examples of best practice on IT Security from organisations in the sector.
Who is running the course?
The event is run by Smartdesc – Charity IT Specialists.
Andrew Coyle, Head of Information Security for Smartdesc Ltd will provide IT Security best practice examples and guest trainer, Gary Kibbey, a former senior law enforcement officer with over 30 years of experience of tackling global threats from serious and organised crime will deliver a cyber-crime session designed to challenge and improve critical thinking, risk management, policy and cyber resilience.
Who should Attend?
The session is aimed at those responsible for policy and decision makers – typically Manager and Director Level.
Register your interest for the next course in this series here.