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Ashville IT director to lead key cyber security workshops at digital conference

Ashville College’s IT director has been invited to lead a series of cyber security workshops at Tech Tonic – a technology conference being staged in Cambridgeshire this autumn.

Ben Hampshire, who has been in charge of the school’s IT infrastructure for two-and-a-half years, is one of a number of experts speaking at the Tech Tonic Digital Leaders’ Conference.

The event, taking place at King’s Ely, on Monday, has been organised by the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC), and is aimed at Sixth Form students from HMC member schools and the state schools they are in partnership with.

Tech Tonic will feature a series of talks and workshops for students from experts in their field covering a range of issues such as technology in the workplace, artificial intelligence and cyber security.

Separate sessions aimed at staff will run concurrently, and will feature topics including 21st century teaching, digital safeguarding, social media and sharing good practice.

Ben, who will lead three separate cyber security workshops for staff delegates, said: “It’s an honour for me to be invited to participate in the Tech Tonic Digital Leaders’ Conference.

“My specialism is cyber security, which is crucial in ensuring that, whilst safeguarding our pupils from harmful content on one hand, we also protect the school’s IT systems from attacks by cyber criminals.

“As criminals get more resourceful, we have to remain one step ahead of. This conference is about sharing best practice and that’s what I’ll be doing with staff delegates from across the whole country.

“I will be teaching delegates simple skills and awareness that they can use on a daily basis to help prevent malicious arracks, as well as going into some more esoteric areas to explain why and how cyber criminals attack schools.

“It’s also important to stress that cyber security is everyone’s responsibility, not just that of the IT department.”

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