“This year, ransomware has continued its upward trend with an almost 13% increase (for a total of almost 25% of breaches) – a rise as big as the past five years combined.”

Verizon DBIR, 2022

The mass adoption of digital technologies has left organisations more reliant than ever on external partners and suppliers to operate their business. With 53% of workloads being hosted in public and private clouds by 2023, CISOs are no longer protecting the castle. They are now defending an entire city. 



However, with the attack surface increasing, malicious parties are taking advantage, delivering 62% of attacks via comprised partners [Verizon DBIR, 2022]. Whilst partners offer untold utility, when caught unprepared they offer an easy entry point for well-equipped and sophisticated hackers. Not to mention once they are in, by means of obfuscation, hackers are hiding for longer, gathering more information and delivering immeasurable damage.



It’s not a question of if an attack will occur, but rather when will an attack occur? And when it does, we must be ready to protect, respond and recover.  Join us as we explore, as a GSI, what is the best strategy to deliver optimum security whilst continuing an open and trusted relationship with partners, employees, and suppliers?

Our Speaker: Marco Gercke

Prof. Dr. Marco Gercke is an entrepreneur, scientist and consultant. His first focus area is Cybersecurity. With more than 1000 speeches in over 100 countries and over 100 scientific publications, Prof. Gercke is one of the world’s leading experts in the field of cybersecurity and cybercrime. He is the founder and director of the Cybercrime Research Institute, an independent research institute and think tank based in Cologne. He advises governments, organizations and large enterprises around the world and advises them on strategic, political and legal issues in the field of cybersecurity. The main focus of his work is the development of innovative approaches to tackling a problem that has developed into a central problem for governments and businesses in recent years – Cybercrime.  Over the past 15 years, he has worked in over 100 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa, the Pacific and Latin America. 

Who Should Attend?

Senior Cyber Security Executives within the largest Global Systems Integrators who are directly involved in client problem solving via the creation, sales or delivery of technology solutions.


Attendance is capped to ensure every participant is able to contribute. The meeting is only open to invited participants or those who has been referred by a colleague or our partner, Verizon.



Verizon is a global leader delivering innovative communications and technology solutions that improve the way enterprise organisations and our partners deliver the promise of the digital world.


Read more about Verizon here

What is the experience?

All of our virtual roundtables are focused, collaborative and informative. As a participant you join via video and – thanks to a keynote speaker and moderated discussion – take away actionable ideas to implement within your business and with your clients.


Prior to the virtual meeting taking place, each attendee is interviewed to understand their interests and perspective. Those who register early will also contribute towards the insight report, which will be published prior to the virtual meeting and will be the focus of the discussion.

Webinar experience

The Team

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James Harris


William Russell

Club Director

Henry Owen

Research Director

Ted Sami

Research Director
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Elle Brasier

Operations Manager

If you have a question about attendance, please contact me:


William Russell

Club Director, Digital Edge Club


Tel: +44 (0) 20 3322 6788

Email: ms@digitaledge.club

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