The challenges of trust and security amid the rapid acceleration of online services

Sponsored by DWF and Capita, Vital Topics is Alliance MBS’ series of prestigious business lectures, bringing powerful ideas and original thinking to audiences from the Manchester city-region and beyond.

This Vital Topics event takes an in-depth look at how industry and academia are working increasingly closely to tackle the huge challenges – technical, economic, and social – around cyber security.

Such challenges are rapidly evolving for businesses across all sectors, not least because of the rapid acceleration of online services across a vast swathe of sectors in the wake of the pandemic. During our debate, we will bring together leading figures from industry, government and academia to discuss these issues, and also look at the relationship between cyber security and productivity.


Alban Tramard, Chief Information Security Officer, The Hut Group

Victoria Knight, Greater Manchester Cyber Advisory Group

Dr Elvira Uyarra, Reader in Innovation Policy and Strategy, Alliance Manchester Business School

Professor Adam Joinson, Director of the UKRI Digital Security by Design Social Science Hub

Chair: Emma Barrett, Professor of Psychology, Security & Trust, University of Manchester


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