Bridewell Hosts First-Ever Ransomware Cyber Crime Day

Published 26 October 2023

Bridewell teams up with the Cyber Resilience Centre for Wales to help organisations tackle the rising threat of ransomware. 

We’re delighted to have hosted the first ever Cyber Crime Day event in conjunction with the Cyber Resilience Centre for Wales (WCRC), Microsoft, the National Crime Agency, UK policing and the National Cyber Resilience Group.  

This first-of-its-kind event, hosted at our Security Operations Centre (SOC) in Wales, brought together leading private sector organisations to discuss how they can work with the cyber security community to combat the rise of ransomware. 

Representatives from law enforcement, public bodies, and leading cyber security practitioners, provided insight on how to respond to ransomware attacks, the barriers to reporting cyber crime and what support is available to them in the event of an attack. 

The National Crime Agency also ran a simulated cyber response exercise, and there were presentations from Chainalysis, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) as well as South Wales Police who looked at real-life examples of ransomware attacks. 

With 34% of UK CNI reporting a rise in cyber crime, according to Bridewell research, sharing knowledge within the cyber security community is essential to defending organisations from attacks. Events like these support organisations across the UK in increasing their cyber maturity and defending against future attacks. We hope to run similar events in the future to promote further cyber resilience across the UK. 

Scott Nicholson, Co-CEO at Bridewell commented:

"We were delighted to host what was a first-of-its-kind event at our office in Cardiff, and to bring together the senior cyber community, law enforcement agencies and industry bodies, to discuss the challenges and best practice in dealing with Ransomware incidents. We hope this will be the start of a series of events which can provide real, practical help to organisations to improve their ability to deal with Ransomware attacks."

WCRC Director, Detective Superintendent, Paul Peters, said:

"Many organisations are reluctant to disclose cybercrime incidents for fear of reputational damage. This, coupled with a lack of knowledge about how to report an attack and a lack of understanding of the support and assistance available from policing often prevents organisations engaging with Law enforcement.  By bringing together some of the most influential organisations in the UK, alongside those with the knowledge and expertise within the cyber sector, we have been able to make progress by challenging misconceptions, demonstrating the level of support that is available from law enforcement when a cyber-attack occurs, as well as encouraging organisations to engage more with policing in the event of an attack or breach."