Join Us For our 2018 White Hat Ball – Save the Date!

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The White Hat Ball Committee are delighted to invite you to attend the thirteenth annual White Hat Ball on 26th January 2018 at the Lancaster London hotel near Hyde Park.

Book Your Table Now

This sparkling highlight of the Cyber Security and Information Risk industry calendar is the place to catch up and have a great night out with industry colleagues, while giving back to a really important cause.

We will kick the evening off with a champagne reception followed by a sumptuous three course dinner and you will have the opportunity to win amazing prizes in the White Hat raffle and to bid on incredible lots in both the grand and silent auctions. Live music and dancing will continue into the early hours, so come along and let your hair down!

This year we have two types of table on offer including Platinum tables of 10 for £2,950 (including premium positioning in the room, and a full page advert in the programme) or Gold tables of 10 for £1,950.

For more information and to book your table, please contact Niomi Parsons on 020 3841 1655 or niomi.parsons@nspcc.org.uk

We welcome all forms of support to help us make the Ball a big success. Please do get in touch if you can help us with prizes or if you want to promote your brand at the event through advertising or sponsorship.

Visit the White Hat website for more information. Follow us on Twitter for event updates and request to join the LinkedIn group to be part of the community.

See you at the Ball!

Best wishes,
The White Hat Committee

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Help NSPCC Childline win a £4million partnership with Superdrug

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You can help NSPCC Childline be Superdrug’s next charity partner – worth at least £4 million over 4 years!NSPCC Logo

All you need to do is vote NSPCC on their Facebook page and share with your friends today. Your vote will support NSPCC’s goal to be there for every child who needs help from Childline.

Vote for the NSPCC

Right now Childline can only answer 3 out of every 4 children who contact Childline, but with your support this can change. Winning this partnership would allow NSPCC Childline to answer 1 million children and young people who desperately need their help, giving them someone to turn when they need it the most.

Superdrug’s support over the next four years could make a huge difference to children, and really help NSPCC Childline let young people know that there is somewhere to turn when times are hard.

Vote for the NSPCC

Make sure you vote today – it’s only open until the 21st of August and your vote means NSPCC Childline will be in with the running to be shortlisted for the main vote in December this year.

Together, we can win a partnership that will give hope, change attitudes and keep a generation safer.

Breaking News: #WHB18 Dates Confirmed

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White Hat Ball 2018 – tables and sponsorship are now available!

After an absolutely incredible White Hat Ball 2017, in which the information security industry came together for a record-breaking annual bash, and raised over £213,000 for the NSPCC’s ChildLine service, we are thrilled to launch the White Hat Ball 2018!

Taking place on Friday 26th January 2018 at the gorgeous Lancaster London, we know that tables and sponsorship will go quickly as usual so don’t miss out secure your tables and sponsorship today!

To secure a sponsorship package, or reserve your table, please email: Sarah.Jeffery@nspcc.org.uk

You can also join us at to our upcoming sponsor evening which takes place on Thursday 13th July, at Deloitte, from 6pmRSVP to Sarah.Jeffery@nspcc.org.uk to reserve your place on the guest-list.

How Your Money Makes a Difference

The £213,000 raised at the 2017 White Hat Ball will enable Childline to help over 50,000 children get in touch with a counsellor and with your help, we aim to raise even more in 2018 so that no child looking for help goes unheard.

So, here’s to another fantastic event and we look forward to welcoming you all to the ball in 2018! 

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Flaw in the Law Fixed!

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Thanks to you, police can now protect thousands of children across the UK from online grooming.

In October 2014, the NSPCC launched Flaw in the Law, a campaign to call for a clear new offence that would make it always illegal for an adult to send a child a sexual message.

When the NSPCC launched the campaign, over 80% of people said this should be illegal, while 3 out of 4 adults thought it already was (YouGov, October 2014).

Over 50,000 individuals signed a petition and wrote to the Minister for Online Child Protection calling for a new law.

And thanks to this, the Government listened.

At a major global summit in December 2014 about online safety, the Prime Minister announced that the UK would introduce such a law.

The law was passed as part of the Serious Crime Act (2015). It’s now a criminal offence for an adult to send a sexual message to a child.

However, because the law wasn’t given a start date, police couldn’t charge people with the offence in England and Wales.

Together, we asked Liz Truss to start the law and she finally listened.

It wasn’t easy, but by putting pressure on Government the NSPCC and its supporters has made sure thousands of children will be protected from sexual abuse every year with the anti-grooming law becoming enforceable from April 2017.

“Children should be as safe online as they are offline, wherever they are in the UK. This law will give police in England and Wales the powers they need to protect children from online grooming, and to intervene sooner to stop abuse before it starts.” -Peter Wanless- NSPCC Chief Executive

Help the NSPCC to continue to make the internet a safe place for children, and make sure children get the right support after abuse.

Record Breaking £198,000 Raised for ChildLine at #WHB17

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A record-breaking £198,000 was raised for Childline at the annual WhiteHat Ball which took place at London’s Lancaster Hotel on Friday 27 January.

As more young people are turning to Childline for help about issues they are encountering online the support given to the charity by the information security industry is becoming increasingly relevant. Last year there were 11,253 Childline counselling sessions carried out with children and young people about online issues such as sexual abuse, bullying and safety.

Speaking after the ball, chairman of this year’s WhiteHat Ball committee, Clive Room said:

“Yet again the WhiteHat Ball has raised an amazing amount of money for a cause we are deeply passionate about. Thanks to all of those involved in making it happen, our sponsors and those who attended, donated and gave so generously.”

“I’m extremely proud to be part of an industry which has made such a difference to so many young lives over the past 12 years.”

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Childline president, Dame Esther Rantzen, who also attended the event, said:

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to Clive, the WhiteHat Ball committee and the information security and risk industry for their support over the last 12 years. The money they’ve raised will help to make sure we can be there for every young person when they need us the most.

“At Childline we’ve become more aware of the dangers of the online world and it’s wonderful to have the support of an industry which is determined to keep the internet safe.”

The WhiteHat Ball would not be possible without the support of the information security community and we the committee would like to personally thank each and every one of you for your generosity and support over the last 12 years. This support has enabled us to raise in excess of £1.2 million for the NSPCC’s Childline services which is quite phenomenal!

Thanks again to our 2017 headline sponsor KPMG for helping to make #WHB17 possible and to our event sponsors: Fujitsu, Symantec, Barclay Simpson, (ISC)², CyberArk, Palo Alto and Qualys

We look forward to seeing you all at the next WhiteHat Ball, date to be announecd shortly, and don’t forget to keep an eye on our website for other events and fundraising opportunities throughout the year.

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Silent Auction Preview

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With the WhiteHat Ball 2017 just two days away, we thought we’d treat you to a preview of  the silent auction items that will be up for grabs on the night.

We will also have a selection of very exciting live auction items that will remain top secret until #WHB17 opens its doors – get your bidding hands ready, it’s going to be an exciting night!

Check out the  silent auction items below and download the full list with descriptions here: white-hat-ball-silent-auction-list

Terms and conditions apply to some auction items. Full terms and details will be available on the night.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all there!

#WHB17 Menu Sneak Peak

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Not long to go now before we all meet up at The Lancaster in our finery on the 27th .

To whet your appetites for what’s to come, I thought I might give you a sneak preview of the delicious menu. The first course is a trio of choices which we’ve put together on one plate because we couldn’t decide between them. It’s a Tian of confit duck leg with cucumber and spring (a very posh twist on the crispy duck pancakes of old) with a red onion and Somerset brie tart and the hotel’s famous, house smoked salmon.

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The main course this year is Horseradish and parsley topped beef, shiitake & chestnut mushrooms, gratin potatoes, savoy cabbage, baby onions, root vegetables and a port jus.

Finally, as in previous years, we have chosen two puddings and will serve five of each to every table of ten. That way you can choose between you in your couples or make a new friend by sharing with the person next to you! These are a milk chocolate opera cake with peanut butter, chocolate fondant and raspberry sorbet or a passion fruit and white chocolate cheesecake with blood orange sorbet. It’s mouth-wateringly magnificent.

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I should make you aware that Lancaster Gate Tube will be closed when you come to the ball but plenty of other stations such as Queensway and Paddington are very close by. Forewarned is forearmed so that you don’t get a nasty surprise on the day.

I’m looking forward to seeing you all on the 27th.

Kindest regards

Clive Room

Chair of White Hat Committee