Next Generation Now

We are bringing Sophos' Next Generation Now tour to the North West

This free event is taking place on:

Friday 29th September 2017
9am - 2.30pm
Mercure Haydock Hotel
WA11 9SG

Complimentary lunch provided

The pace of change in the IT security world is staggering. Malware and viruses have become more prevalent and more determined. The Next Generation Now tour explores the state of modern cyber-crime and looks at what schools can be doing to protect themselves from both the latest wave of attacks, and those still to come. This will feature talks from Sophos experts on all the big issues of today including GDPR, Next Gen Security and Machine Learning technology.


9.00am Arrival and Coffee

9.30am Introduction

  • Introduction from Phil Lawson – Managing Director of Virtue Technologies

9.50am Sophos Sessions: One Giant Leap in Security

  • Learn how deep machine learning from Invincea can stop ransomware in it's tracks
  • See how XG firewall provides unparalleled control of the network and blocks previously unseen attacks at the gateway level
  • A look at Synchronised Security, which coordinates endpoint, encryption and firewall defence to isolate infected endpoints and protect critical data automatically

10.35am Safeguarding with InVentry Central

  • Introduction to InVentry Central, the trust level visitor management solution
  • Learn how InVentry Central enables effective school safeguarding, with a centralised database of staff and trusted visitors

10.55am Coffee Break

11.15am Sophos Sessions: Prevent

  • Learn how Sophos helps UK Education Establishments meet Prevent directive recommendations
  • See how Sophos UTM keeps students safe from dangerous material, and combats the ever-growing delivery of malware via “drive by download” from compromised sites
  • See how Sophos Endpoint protects against unsafe content even while working remotely, without the need for backhauling web traffic to the UTM

11.40am Sophos Sessions: GDPR

  • The EU General Data Protection Regulation takes effect on 25th May 2018, join Sophos GDPR experts to discuss what you can do to prepare for the regulation

12.00pm Virtue Showcase


  • Join our Technical Director for an introductory look at our most recent development – the introduction of an advanced VoIP telephony solution
  • Handsets and features
  • Learn about the considerations in choosing an on-premise or cloud based system
  • Internet connectivity and SIP trunks – what do you need to know?

Sophos SG / XG

  • Roadmap for Sophos SG
  • Current features and roadmap for Sophos XG

Virtue Technologies update for existing customers

12.45pm Complimentary Lunch & Games

  • Experience the Sophos next-gen games, including virtual reality flight experience

2.00pm Final Comments and Presentation

  • Presentation of prizes, including a Mavic Pro drone worth more than £900

Places are limited so register today!

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Venue Details

Mercure Haydock Hotel, Penny Lane, Saint Helens, WA11 9SG