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Luncheon Club: A chat with Jonathan Shaw CB CBE

The Luncheon Club at Welford Road hosts guest speaker events throughout the year for businesses to meet new contacts and dine in our Try Line Club. 

In partnership with club sponsor Mattioli Woods, the next Luncheon Club event on Wednesday, March 28 welcomes cyber-security expert Major-General Jonathan Shaw CBE, who served in the military between 1980 and 2012 before joining the Ministry of Defence. 

Places are still available. Bookings include a two-course lunch, car parking and discount off additional guest places.

We caught up with Jonathan ahead of the event to find out more about cyber security. 

What are the current trends in cyber threats?

“I think many of the trends and disruptions caused by cyber threats remain, what has changed is the technology that is used to execute and deter these threats that changes fast.

"Artificial intelligence (AI) has changed the way we live, our demands and to combat these levels of threats requires a much more agile level of leadership.”

What change have you seen in the different types of cyber-threats?

“There’s always been the challenge of continuity and, especially in the military, the security of communications. Obviously, the introduction of the internet bought world-wide changes, but there has always been a sort of ‘arms race’ between security professionals and hackers and being able to adapt to a new threat is the key.

"As as we develop new dependencies on cyber space, the 'internet of Things' offers great opportunities for people to automate their lives but by so doing they introduce all kinds of novel security threats that were not available to the hacker before."

What are hackers after? 

“The question of why does anyone spy on someone or something often comes back to information. Whether it’s searching for personal data, secrets or looking for elements of corruption, the human aims remain the same.

"Cyber technology is just the latest means by which these motivations can be fulfilled.  Money, information, corruption and influence - these are the bread and butter of spies and intelligence agencies through the ages; and so they remain now."

Outside of the profession, you’re a keen rugby fan?

“Yes, I went to Sedbergh School in Cumbria – the same as former Tigers Will Greenwood and for the older head's Sir William Wavell Wakefield – and played rugby for the school and during my time at Trinity College. I played rugby throughout my school and university with no great distinction but captained every team I played for at Sedbergh. 

"Leicester were the top club throughout my youth so I'm looking forward to worshipping at the shrine of Deano who, had he played in the 1991 cup final, would have won us our first World Cup."  

Doors will open from 12.00pm – 2:.00pm and membership to the Luncheon Club is available at £150pp + VAT. 

To book your membership for the Leicester Tigers Luncheon Club call 0116 217 1215, email [email protected] or book online by clicking here.