London hospitals hit by cyber attack highlights urgent need for cyber security in critical industries

The recent cyber attack that disrupted services at London hospitals serves as a stark reminder of the persistent cyber security threats facing our critical industries. In response to this urgent issue, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is hosting the Cyber Security for Critical Industries Conference this September, aimed at strengthening cyber defences and promoting resilience in these sectors.

The recent attack on major hospitals including King’s College Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’, demonstrated the significant vulnerabilities that exist within our essential services. These incidents not only disrupt operations but also pose substantial risks to public safety. As cyber threats continue to evolve, there is an undeniable need for our industries to enhance their cyber security measures.

The Cyber Security for Critical Industries Conference, taking place from 10-11 September 2024 at IET London: Savoy Place, will provide a crucial platform for industry leaders, cyber security experts, and policymakers to discuss and tackle these challenges. The event aims to foster dialogue, collaboration, and innovation in the field of cyber security.

The conference will delve into the latest developments in cyber security, discuss evolving threats, and explore strategies for building resilient and secure systems. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with peers, learn from industry experts, and gain insights into best practices to safeguard their organisations.

Cyber Security Conference Producer at the IET, Louis Merralls said: “Given the recent cyber attack on London hospitals, it is clear that cyber security threats are a very real and present danger. Our conference aims to equip attendees with the knowledge and tools to effectively manage these threats.”

The conference line-up includes keynote addresses from industry leaders, panel discussions on the latest cyber security strategies, and breakout sessions on specific challenges facing the industry. It is an imperative event for anyone involved in managing, protecting, or overseeing critical infrastructures.

The IET encourages all professionals involved in critical industries to attend the conference. It is an opportunity not only to learn about the latest advancements in cyber security but also to actively engage in shaping the future of our critical industries.

For more information about the conference and to register, please visit

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