Aspire CyberFest 2023 – Secure Your Competitive Advantage

It’s estimated the cost of cybercrime on the UK economy has risen to a staggering £27 billion per year. With the potential reputational and financial damage from a data breach, organisations are facing an unprecedented threat. The increasing frequency and complexity of cyber-attacks, combined with the evolution of malicious AI, makes it more important than ever for businesses to pro-actively defend their digital assets.

However, implementing a robust security strategy is no small task. With endless tools, acronyms and complexities when establishing security in-house, it can be a daunting process.

That’s why this year, Aspire and Cyber North are joining forces to empower businesses to improve their security posture. Together, we are hosting the region’s leading cyber security event: Aspire CyberFest 23.

Aspire CyberFest 23 will equip businesses with knowledge of real-world tools and strategies to modern prevent cyber threats more effectively and avoid costly data breaches.

The event will focus on practical solutions, cutting-edge technologies, and unique insights from industry experts. Aspire CyberFest 23 is poised to be an essential event for senior decision makers looking to stay secure and competitive in today’s ever-changing business environment.

This is more than just another gathering…it’s a crucial opportunity for business leaders to gain actionable insights and practical solutions in the ever-evolving landscape of cyber security.

  • Date: Tuesday 26 September 2023
  • Time: 9:00-17:00 (with drinks reception to follow)
  • Location: The Barracks, St. James Park, Barrack Rd,
    Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4ST
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What Can Attendees Expect on the Day?  

Aimed at business leaders across all sectors, the conference boasts a line-up of battle-hardened experts who have navigated the challenges of cyber security.

The comprehensive program aims to help companies enhance their security posture and defend against the ever-changing threat landscape.


Former Head of the Police National Cyber Crime Unit

Keynote speaker Charlie McMurdie, will provide firsthand insights into security preparedness derived from realworld experience.


Chief Security Advisor for Europe

Keynote Sarah Armstrong-Smit will delve into the practical implications of artificial intelligence and machine learning on your cyber security strategy.

  • Extreme Networks, leaders in cloud networking solutions, will reveal how to craft a comprehensive security ecosystem tailored to your business’s unique requirements.
  • Womble Bond Dickinson, a powerhouse in international law, will demystify the legal complexities in cyber security, exploring the ethical landscape of ransom negotiations.
  • Global IT and business consultancy CGI, will unravel the intricate shifts in cyber security paradigms, with particular relevance to the UK’s critical national infrastructure.
  • Market leader CrowdStrike will shed light on the transformative potential of generative AI, making cutting-edge security accessible to businesses of all sizes.

Aspire CyberFest stands as the flagship event in the CyberFest programme. Now in its sixth year, CyberFest is the North-East’s premier cyber security festival organised by CyberNorth. A diverse range of events has been scheduled.

Both Aspire and CyberNorth have witnessed the evolution of cyber threats, and we’re ready to share our insights. Seating is limited and complimentary tickets are in high demand. Secure your spot now by contacting Aspire at

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