The Future of Cyber Security Conference (London)
Cyber-attack: “the impact could be measured not just in terms of economic damage but of lives lost." George Osborne highlighted this serious threat whilst announcing in November 2015 government plans to double UK funding to defend critical infrastructure against cyber-attack to £1.9bn a year by 2020. This economic threat, however, remains a primary preoccupation for government and businesses.According to think tank Centre for Economics and Business Research the annual cost of cyber-attack to UK industries is £32 billion. Furthermore, the loss of sensitive data is a widespread concern.The Oxford Economics 2014 report Cyber-attacks: Effects on UK companies states that “Intellectual property and commercially sensitive data is stolen in all sectors”.In response to these issue, the Government published the National Cyber Security Report in 2014 and launched various initiatives to guard the UK against cyber-attack. Businesses have also begun to focus their attention on improving their cyber security, with everyone from the Government to the Guardian publishing how-to guides on protecting businesses from cyber-attack. The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) tweeted in June 2015 that thwarting cyber-attacks requires “constant vigilance” on the part of businesses.
Join us for The Future of Cyber Security Conference, where high level speakers from government and business will be presenting their views on how to protect against the ever growing menace of cyber-attack. Topics covered will include cyber security risks and solutions in both the public and private sector, and how more can be done to ensure government and business is guarded against attack.
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|Dr Ali Dehghantanha||Lecturer in Cyber Security and Forensics, University of Salford|
|Professor Lynne Coventry||Director, Psychology and Communication Lab, Northumbria University|
|James Maude||Senior Security Engineer, Avecto|
|Tim Arridge||Principal Consultant, Frazer-Nash Consultancy|
|Chris Boyd||Malware Intelligence Analyst, Malwarebytes|
|Andrea Horton||Group Marketing Manager, Arbor Networks|
|Dr Christopher Richardson||Head of Cyber Security Unit, Bournemouth University|
|Carol Peters||Information Security Office, East Renfrewshire Council|
Public sector organisations are a more attractive target for cybercrime than their private sector counterparts. NTT Com Security’s 2015 Global Threat Intelligence report reveals that public sector organisations are the number one target for malware attacks in the UK. Nearly 40% of these surreptitious attacks are against public sector organisations, more than three times the number of attacks against the next biggest sector (Insurance, 13%). Government policy has included ongoing initiatives to address the danger posed to the public sector by cyber-attack for some time. In 2010 the Strategic Defence and Security Review identified cyber-attack as a Tier One threat and the Government announced its intentions to create a cyber security programme. Since then, £860 million has been invested in cyber security, according to the 2014 National Audit Office report. The Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance’s 2014 update on the National Cyber Security Programme shows that some progress has been made in addressing these issues. The update states that there has been an improvement in the understanding of the most sophisticated threats to national security.
The report highlights, however, that little progress has been made in understanding sophisticated threats to wider public services. According to the update, the initiative has also struggled to make an impact with SMEs, failing to communicate guidance in a way that meets small business’ needs. To address this problem, the government launched the CyberInvest scheme in 2015, a £6.5 million initiative designed to bring together expertise from GCHQ, leading academics and industry. Minister for the Cabinet Office, Matt Hancock, points out that collaboration with business is needed for these issues to be addressed, saying, “government action is vital, but we can’t do this on our own”.
Although private sector businesses are targeted less often than the public sector, cyber security is still an important consideration. In January 2015, previous Business Secretary Vince Cable said that because businesses now earn £1 in every £5 through online sales, this makes the sector a rich target for cybercrime. In 2014, 60% of small businesses experienced a cyber breach and the worst of these cost the company between £65,000 and £115,000, according to the HM Government 2015 guide Small Businesses: What you need to know about cyber security.
To help businesses to implement the guidelines, the Government has introduced Cyber Security Innovation Vouchers. The voucher scheme offers micro, small and medium sized businesses up to £5,000 to invest in specialist advice to boost their cyber security. This will allow smaller companies to develop defences that they might not otherwise be able to afford. The cost of such a breach could be considerable and even large companies are not invulnerable. For example, in November 2015 TalkTalk was hacked, an event which the company estimates exposed the personal details of nearly 157,000 customers. TalkTalk offered its customers free upgrades as a good will gesture in the wake of the attack. Chief executive Dido Harding announced that this was expected to cost the organisation around £35 million.
“Cyber warfare is increasing in frequency, scale, and sophistication," the U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told Congress in 2015. It is important that we are prepared for what Ronald Noble, Secretary General of the international police agency Interpol, calls “one of the most dangerous criminal threats we will ever face.” In 2010 he addressed 300 of the world's top law enforcement officials in the first ever international police anti-cybercrime conference, highlighting the danger that international cybercrime posed to critical infrastructure, “Terrorists may prefer the mass media coverage of destroyed commuter trains, buildings brought down, to the anonymous collapse of the banking system. But until when?”
Terrorists have demonstrated that they are developing the skills that such an attack might require. In November 2015, the sophistication of terrorist cyber-attacks was demonstrated when a group called “Cyber Caliphate”, set up by Islamic State terrorist Junaid Hussain, hacked into more than 54,000 Twitter accounts. Victims were defenceless as ISIS rhetoric appeared under their name and the group tweeted “We will raise our flag in the heart of Europe”, before posting a link to the database of stolen Twitter accounts. Cyber security expert Tony McDowell said that, "It is very worrying that terrorists are gathering data in this way." The threat of cybercrime is widespread and growing, making it increasingly necessary that government and businesses are able to establish cyber security that provides the “constant vigilance” the NCSA asserts is needed to protect them.
Delegates attending The Future of Cyber Security Conference will learn about the arguments surrounding how best to protect businesses and organisations from the threat of cybercrime by establishing strong and intelligent cyber security on a local, national and international scale.
Registration, Refreshments and Exhibition
Opening Remarks from Chair
Dr Ali Dehghantanha, Lecturer in Cyber Security and Forensics, University of Salford
Professor Lynne Coventry, Director, Psychology and Communication Lab, Northumbria University
Professor Lynne Coventry is the Director of PaCT Lab (Psychology and Communication Technology) at the University of Northumbria. She is an applied researcher who enjoys working in multidisciplinary teams to solve real problems. She is keen to explore new ways of integrating psychology into design and technology development processes.
James Maude, Senior Security Engineer, Wick Hill Ltd
“Stop guessing the Unknown, Control the Known”
Some will tell you “Anti-Virus is dead”, however that might be a bitter pill for organisations to swallow. James will discuss how thinking proactively can keep our IT Estate more efficient, improving productivity, offering a more secure network and keeping our staff happy, all without breaking our Security Budget. Surely a Utopian dream that eludes the IT Market?
Refreshments and Networking Break
Carol Peters, Information Security Office, East Renfrewshire Council (Invited)
Carol Peters has 18 years’ experience in Information Security with a range of skills having worked both in the private and public sectors. She has a good understanding of PCI and PSN. Today she is mostly focussed on risk management.
Tim Arridge, Principal Consultant, Frazer-Nash Consultancy
Frazer-Nash is a multidisciplinary engineering consultancy that excels at solving some of today's most complex challenges in engineering.
Seminar Session A
David Lynas, Chief Executive Officer, SABSAcourses
This session provides an overview of the world’s leading free use, open source, Enterprise Security Architecture Framework used by industry and Government in 60 countries and as a standard in many sectors.
Seminar Session B
Andre Stewart, VP EMEA, Cisco
Cisco is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate.
Seminar Session C
Steven Little, Country Manager – Northern Europe and Matthew Aylard, Pre-Sales Consultant, Nexthink
‘Winning the Security Battle with End-User Analytics’
Lunch and Networking
Dr Ali Dehghantanha, Lecturer in Cyber Security and Forensics, University of Salford
‘University of Salford Cyber Security Research and Development’
Dr Dehghantanha has served for several years in variety of industrial and academic positions with leading players in cyber-security and e-Commerce. He has a long history of working in different areas of computer security as security researcher, malware analyzer, penetration tester, security consultant, professional trainer, and university lecturer.
Chris Boyd, Malware Intelligence Analyst, Malwarebytes
‘CFO Wire Fraud’
Andrea Horton, Group Marketing Manager, Arbor Networks
Arbor Networks, the cyber security division of NETSCOUT, helps secure the world’s largest enterprise and service provider networks from DDoS attacks and advanced threats
In light of the increasingly political nature of hacktivist threats and evolving compliance requirements, public sector organizations require a network security strategy that blocks known threats as well as stays ahead of emerging ones. In this session Arbor Networks discusses these advanced threats and the future risks to public sector organisations from complex DDoS attacks.
Refreshments & Comfort Break
Bridgeway Security Solutions
Bridgeway is an information security and risk management specialist with proven experience in delivering security solutions around mobility, cloud and security intelligence.
Dr Christopher Richardson, Head of Cyber Security Unit, Bournemouth University
‘UK National Cyber Security – Is it at risk because of the skills shortage?’
Dr Christopher Richardson heads up the Bournemouth University Cyber Security Unit (BUCSU). The Unit is a fusion of enterprise engagement, research and education in Cyber Security.
Conference Close from Chair
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- Extent of threat of cybercrime to public sector
- How government initiatives protect public sector
- Government funding to protect critical infrastructure
- Essential collaboration between government and business
- Extent of threat of cybercrime to private sector
- What businesses can do to protect against cyber-attack
- How government initiatives help protect private sector
- Growing global threat of cybercrime
- The need for “constant vigilance” against cyber-attack
Who should attend?
Delegates attending this Conference will include, Chief Information Security Officers, Chief Information Officers, IT Directors,Chief Risk Analysers, Cyber Security Leads, Heads of infrastructure, Intelligence Assessors, Heads of Operational Security, Information Security Analyst; Principal Cyber Security Manager, IT Security Engineer, Information Assurance Analyst, Security Systems Administrator, Senior IT Security Consultant and Detective inspectors. These will be drawn from local and central government, higher education, housing associations, NHS organisations, Police, Criminal Justice and the Private Sector