The IAM is working with Businesses across the UK. Cyber security is particularly topical at the moment with the General Data Protection Regulation being enforced and a string of high-profile cyber-attacks over the last few months (including the NHS and UK universities).
The Institute of Directors (IoD) and Barclays bank conducted a survey with UK businesses and worryingly found that only 56% had a strategy in place to protect their devices and data, despite 94% of companies thinking their IT system security was important. You have to wonder what the other 6% thought, but, as the IOD points out, despite advances in protecting businesses and consumers by the government, ultimately the responsibility for businesses lies in the boardroom.
The IAM will be working with businesses across the UK in helping employees gain the knowledge they need to implement change in their organisations with the launch of our ISO27001 workshop programme. These workshops have been endorsed by UKAS-accredited certification company IQ Verify and help to prepare a business to meet the criteria of the international security standard ISO27001 and ultimately helping to build resilience.
The Chester & N. Wales PA Network were kind enough to invite The IAM to their network event in May at Chester Zoo.
Andrew (IAM General Manager) was one of the guest speakers with a well-received session comparing and contrasting intuitive and rational problem solving. Guest speaker for the evening IAM Partner Adam Fidler**, who, in his inspiring presentation, shared his perspectives on the function, and role, of business support in today's workplace. Littered with illustrations from his personal experience as an Executive Assistant in the corporate world, and his background in training business support professionals, Adam spoke candidly about the partnership between the Executive and "Executive support".
We would like to thank the organisers for their hospitality and we'd encourage anyone in an "assistant" role in the area to contact them to join the network.
**The IAM blog features some posts written by Adam, including "Raises and not Roses. Gaining more credibility as an administrative professional".