Join us for our branch AGM, followed by a stimulating talk and debate.


18:30 - House business and introductions
18:45 - AGM
19:00 - Talk, covering:

  • What is Cyber Extortion and a few examples (Les)
  • How ICO fits into the puzzle, and how a breached company can minimise ICO redress(NH)
  • The role of the insurer (LP or NO?)
  • Cleaning up the incident (LP and NO)
  • InfoSec Q&A (LP and NO)

20:15 - Q&A
20:45 - Close


During the AGM the current branch committee will give a short review of the past year’s activities and updates on the past year and look forward to 2022. Branch members will then elect the new committee for the coming year.

Please note that only Shropshire branch members are eligible for election to the branch Committee and to vote during the AGM.

All branch committee posts and roles are open for nominations, the members of the current committee are to stand for re-election, a table of the committee roles is shown below. Any Shropshire branch member wishing to become a Committee Member should inform the branch secretary (Simon) as a nomination for the AGM.

Any Questions about the AGM should be sent to this email address also.

BCS Shropshire branch, AGM Agenda:

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Apologies for absence
  • Minutes from the previous 2020/21 AGM (available on the day or by request)
  • Matters arising
  • Accept 2020/21 AGM Minutes
  • A report from the Chair and others on the activities of the past year (Feb 2021 to Dec 2021)
  • A report from the Treasurer, reviewing the income and expenditure for the year ending 31 Aug 2020
  • Accept the Treasurer’s Report
  • Election of committee members
  • Any other nominated business. (must be sent in advance)
  • AGM Ends

Any Shropshire Branch member wishing to ask questions at the AGM or add agenda items must email them to the Branch Secretary

We will start with a short AGM, papers forwarded to members. Only members can actively partake or vote in the AGM, however, non-members can observe until the main talk starts.


Cyber Extortion via Ransomware is big now. We used to worry about encryption of drives which could possibly be decrypted for a payment of around $300 in Bitcoin. Remember Wannacry. Not any more. Criminals have worked out that 10% of global turnover is a great target for an extortion attack. Remember the recent and ongoing attack against Graf Diamonds, a $450 million business, suspected to have been instigated by the Russian Conti Gang. Client details were being leaked onto the dark web until payment was made. This was on 1st November, now gone quiet.

We are very fortunate to be joined by two eminent Cyber Security Practitioners who will lead us through this very threatening risk. In addition, how does working with ICO work? Most importantly, how can we prevent this from happening in the first place.

About the speakers

Dr Nigel Houlden, Data Privacy expert and champion, ex-Head of Technology Policy ICO

Nigel has spent his career in both public and private sector organisations. His passion is technology, focusing on the use of it and how it can give advantage to industry and society. Having over 30 years’ experience in various sectors, NHS, local government, and private organisations. Nigel was the Head of Technology Policy for the ICO as the GDPR and NIS were introduced to the UK.

Dr Les Pritchard, Director of Neterix, specialist Cyber Security Constancy

Dr Les Pritchard, Cyber Security Specialist, Neterix, holds a PhD in distributed networks and security. He is a Chartered IT Professional and Certified Lead Auditor for ISO 27001. Les works with a wide range of organisations including PLCs, national charities, academia and law enforcement. His projects have included large scale network installation, virtualisation, monitoring, cloud migrations and security. Les has also assisted the North Wales Police’s Hi-Tech Crime Unit on a number of cases.

He is passionate about finding the right solution for the problem whether that is commercial, open source or bespoke. Having also worked as a lecturer and a commercial trainer, Les also has extensive experience of delivering technical courses.

The world of IT is full of terminology that many non-technical people are unfamiliar with, so Les firmly believes that being able to clearly communicate is essential to ensure everyone is well informed and can follow best practices.

All wrapped up with a fulsome Q&A. Expect lots of energy and lots of Cyber Security wisdom, from the speakers and fellow professionals amongst the attendees. This is what we like to do in Shropshire, open the floor up, and let everybody learn from each other.

Our events are for adults aged 16 years and over.

This event is brought to you by: BCS Shropshire branch

Webinar: Cyber Extortion, ICO or Protect? (AGM) - Shropshire branch
Date and time
Tuesday 18 January, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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