‘Hunted’ star joins panel at JT cybersecurity event

A former British intelligence officer and star of the show ‘Hunted’ will be one of three keynote speakers at the first in a series of ‘Together Talks’ hosted by JT.

‘Let’s talk security’ will feature Ben Owen, an intelligence expert who has appeared in the UK and US versions of the hit show and is currently filming the Australian series, consults across the globe on cybersecurity. Ben helps businesses of all sizes understand their vulnerabilities by assessing the latest intelligence and demonstrating why proper data security is vital.

The Founder and Managing Director of Satisnet,  JT’s partner for Managed Security Services, John McCann, will be sharing his views on how Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) can identify and fill the gaps in your cyber security program.

Joining Ben and John at the free event hosted by JT will be counter terrorism and security specialist Dan Bettison who will talk about the growing risk of physical threats from organised crime to businesses here, in the Channel Islands.

Kate Marshall, Head of Guernsey Enterprise, said: ‘’Increasingly, evidence shows that businesses of all shapes, sizes and sectors can experience a cyberattack as companies become progressively digitalised and deal with sensitive data. Unfortunately no-one is immune, which is why robust risk management measures and education on the right cybersecurity behaviours are key to helping to prevent an attack or breach from occurring.’’

The event takes place on Wednesday 26th April at St James, aimed at businesses of all sizes in all sectors. Following the talk, attendees can stay to visit the JT exhibition and meet local experts who will share the latest cybersecurity solutions available to help defend against internal and external cyber threats. They will focus on IT, compliance, risk, cybersecurity and data protection.

Kate added: “The systems that connect us enrich our lives in so many ways, but we must make sure that we are doing all we can to stop those who are intent on trying to find and exploit any weakness in security. This event will give those businesses an idea of the tools and knowledge to do that – working together makes us more secure.’’

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JT boosts opportunities for local school leavers

Local students who want to launch their careers in an exciting industry are being invited to join one of the New Talent schemes run by JT. Following on from National Apprenticeship Week last month and now National Careers Week, JT is looking for students in the Channel Islands who want to make a great start to their career by gaining a professional qualification and earning while they learn.

Sixteen apprentices, bursaries and graduates are currently receiving on-the-job training, moving through various parts of the business so that they get the opportunity to see everything that the communications provider does. JT are also sponsoring a scholarship with the Jersey College for Girls foundation and will shortly be welcoming students on placement as part of their HND in computing qualification.

Sarah Gosiewska, Head of Talent at JT, said: “We are a rapidly evolving global business, committed to growing talented local people who we want to see achieving great success. It doesn’t matter whether they are starting from scratch or already have an idea about what their career might look like, the beauty of our New Talent schemes is that they help people identify the areas within the business they enjoy – helping them to grow in confidence and recognise where their strengths lie.  Each new starter is trusted to work in real workplace situations, knowing they have a network of people dedicated to supporting their growth. I love seeing how they thrive alongside our experienced teams.”

JT started the scheme in 2011 and are pleased to have seen a year on year increase in the diversity of applicants. Applications for new candidates closes 10th April.

Sarah added: “We want to hear from creative, organised, can-do local people who are getting ready for the world of work and have a genuine interest in digital technology. This is a fast paced industry so they must be willing to learn and work as part of a team. We firmly believe that learning should not stop just because formal education has.”

JT appoints new Non-Executive Director

A senior financial professional with over 25 years’ experience in the telecoms industry is the latest to join the JT Board as a Non-Executive Director.

Louise Easterbrook is the Chief Financial Officer of GSMA where she is responsible for overseeing the business and financial performance of the association, which represents mobile network operators around the world and hosts the world’s largest and most influential connectivity event, MWC. At GSMA, Louise leads a team of over 100 people managing all aspects of Finance, Legal, HR, IT, Project Services and Facilities.

Louise is also the Treasurer of GSMA’s Mobile for Development Foundation Board, set up to oversee a wide range of activities where mobile technology can provide solutions to development challenges for underserved communities.

Her career has included several senior roles at Vodafone and Cable & Wireless, including  Regional Financial Controller, Africa at Vodafone and Group Director, Investor Relations at Cable & Wireless.

Meriel Lenfestey, Chair of the JT Board said: “Louise is a well-known and respected professional within the telecoms industry and her experience and connections will be a huge benefit, boosting JT’s voice and presence around the world. We have exciting plans as we continue to invest in our mobile networks and services and with Louise’s work in high growth markets, her appointment adds further strength to our Board. With a genuine passion for inspiring and encouraging young people, Louise’s mentoring skills will be of great benefit to us all and I am confident that her background and focus will play a key role in helping JT with its long-term ambitions.”

Louise is a qualified Chartered Accountant and will be a member of the Board’s Audit and Risk Committee.

Louise Easterbrook added: “JT has built up a formidable reputation around the world for successful innovation and I am looking forward to helping the business as it takes further strides with its international activities. As a full-service global connectivity and business solutions provider, JT operates in an industry that’s changing rapidly, reaching into the lives of more people in the communities it serves as it delivers new products and technologies. It is a fascinating time to be joining the team and I am delighted to be working with such a great team of talented people.”