BAPCO 2024 speaker focus: Matthew Sutcliffe

The Humberside FRS chief fire officer discusses the growing importance of technology ahead of his session on learning from a cyberattack.

Matthew Sutcliffe

Can you describe what you’ll be talking about during your presentation at BAPCO 2024. Why is it an important topic? 

Cyber security continues to be a real challenge. Having gone through a significant incident, the ongoing [challenges] that such a risk creates cannot be underestimated. As such, investing in preventative measures has never been so important 

What do you see as being the big issues and challenges for the sector over the next five years?  

The pace of change when it is linked to anything with ICT naturally creates challenges. For the public sector to keep pace requires innovative and intuitive procurement to provide modern and adaptable solutions. 

What will likely be the most transformative development over the next five years in terms of the technology? What will that mean for user operations, as well as the broader market? 

AI seems to have arrived and become so accessible to all very quickly. As such there are so many unknowns. This presents some exciting opportunities, but also challenges as we try to work out how best to bring it into our daily lives and wider scenario planning as an emergency service. 

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