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Cybersecurity on agenda at major North East tech conference

Global cybersecurity and technology experts will descend on the North East later this year for a high-profile business conference.

Cybersecurity Summit: North East – described by organisers as a first-of-its-kind event for the region – will throw the spotlight on the existing IT landscape, highlighting threats and how to counter attacks.

Taking place on Wednesday, March 11, the event is set to welcome more than 150 business leaders and IT and cybersecurity professionals, who will rub shoulders at Gateshead’s Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.

The summit, which is headline sponsored by Gateshead-based Advantex Network Solutions and international operator Cisco, has already attracted backing and speakers from firms including Axis, Zerto and Veeam.

Steve O’Connell, Advantex sales and marketing director, said: “To bring companies like Cisco, Zerto, Axis and Veeam to the North East is huge.

“While the North East is booming with technology and talent, it’s often neglected with things like events – they’re usually overseas or the closest are in places like London, Manchester or Edinburgh – so to have something of this scale in the region is something we’re extremely proud of.

“We’ve had a fantastic response from the public so far, tickets are flying off the shelf, so we urge anyone wishing to go to sign up as soon as possible.”

Farana Cheema, cybersecurity channel and distribution AM UKI at Cisco, added: “With a presence in four corners of the globe, having the opportunity of sharing insights and showcasing the technology of Cisco to the North East is fantastic.

“We can’t wait for March 11.”

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