Air-IT were delighted to host and speak at Marketing Derby’s Cyber Security and GDPR Bondholder Workshop which was held at our head offices, The Technology Hub on Wednesday 14th March and ran in partnership with fellow Bondholder, Flint Bishop LLP.

Marketing Derby Bondholders

Marketing Derby have become an integral part of the Derby business scene, attracting and promoting investment through positive promotion and partnerships with companies of all sizes.Marketing Derby logoSharing Marketing Derby’s vision of proactive businesses inspiring growth in the region, Air-IT became Bondholders last year and joined a growing list of companies to do so. From sole traders to some of the region’s largest firms, the Bondholder community is a varied and exciting place to share skills and ideas while promoting the region.

Bondholder Seminar

Marketing Derby arrange various Bondholder events through the year, some social, some educational and all with the aim of strengthening the bond between businesses in Derby.

Marketing Derby bondholders gather for seminar

A full house of Bondholder delegates

These events are held at a number of Bondholder premises over the year and we were honoured to be asked if we would host a joint seminar with local law firm Flint Bishop LLP at our main office, The Technology Hub.

GDPR & Cyber Resilience

Claire Tonks, a Partner in the Commercial Contracts team at Flint Bishop, specialises in helping organisations develop robust commercial contracts and kicked off proceedings with a straight talking presentation on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). She went on to give some advice and tips on how businesses can prepare for the regulatory changes when they are implemented on May 25th.

Sam Reed Presents on cyber security

Sam Reed gives his cyber security presentation

Sam Reed, Air-IT’s Chief Technology Officer and Head of dedicated Cyber Security division Air-Sec, continued the seminar with a session outlining some of the cyber security risks to companies of all sizes including ransomware, CEO fraud and the dark web, as well as what businesses can do to help protect themselves from cybercrime.

Cyber Essentials Logo

Finishing with a practical takeaway, he recommended seeking certification under the UK government backed Cyber Essentials scheme. Gaining the certification is a way to demonstrate to stakeholders and customers that you are committed to keeping their data safe and is proven to reduce the risk of cyber attack by up to 80%.

Sam is no stranger to public speaking, as one of the East Midlands Chamber’s Digital Growth Programme trainers he delivers expert advice across the region on a regular basis. As well as his extensive working knowledge of all things cyber he is a certified GDPR practitioner, giving him a unique insight into how technology can support compliance.

Both sessions were well received by the Bondholders with some really positive feedback over a light lunch on the day and some great comments on Twitter.

Massive thanks to @MarketingDerby @FlintBishop & @AirITLtd for yesterday’s event insightful and interesting – never thought I’d be saying that about #GDPRcompliance #CyberSecurity. Thanks for being such great hosts too Air!


I have to say it was one of the best GDPR seminars I’ve been to. Very easy to understand. Covered key areas and answered lots of questions I had. Thank you. Only downside I was in Leicester and missed @TonksClaire


Following the event, Sam said:

We’re proud to be in a position to share our knowledge with other local businesses and to play our part in making the East Midlands one of the most cyber resilient regions in the country to do business.

I’d like to thank Claire for a great session on GDPR as well as Lindsey and the team from Marketing Derby for organising a successful event. I hope everyone took away something useful that they can use to the advantage of their business.

Sam Reed

Find Out More….

For further details on our cyber security services and to find out how we can help your business become more cyber resilient, contact us by email or give us a call on 0115 880 0044 today.