New Year Cyber Symposium Report

New Year Cyber Symposium – Risks, Opportunities and Education

Thursday, 8th January 2015
Edinburgh Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus

The New Year Cyber Symposium, organised within the DFET project, took place in Edinburgh on Thursday 8th January 2015. An excellent line-up of speakers gave a series of interesting and thought-provoking presentations that were well received by an audience of over 150, representing Scottish law enforcement, a number of major financial institutions, academics and students from several Scottish universities, tech-based SMEs and larger tech organisations.

The Symposium opened with Bill Buchanan’s keynote address, followed by three presentations on the “threat landscape”, from Andy Archibald, Head of the National Cyber Crime Unit within the UK’s National Crime Agency, James Kwaan representing the Scottish chapter of ISACA, and David Calder of ECS Security.

The second session focussed on “cyber education” with two presentations from members of the DFET consortium – Primož Cigoj of the Jozef Stefan Institute outlined the EDUFORS cloud-based platform, and Cormac Callanan of Aconite Internet Solutions described the work of the Cybercrime Centres of Excellence network – followed by an entertaining presentation from Jason McClay of G2G3, introducing the concept of gamification and gaming science.

The first session after lunch focussed on “business threats and opportunities”, with presentations from Mandy Haeburn-Little, Director of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, and Neil Anderson, Security Director at Farrpoint.

The final session of the day covered “cyber threats” with presentations from three eminent speakers. Detective Superintendent Steven Wilson of Police Scotland spoke about policing priorities in moving towards a digital society then Don Smith, Technology Director at Dell SecureWorks, outlined the cyber risk landscape and described work undertaken in this area by Dell. The final presentation of the day, from David Ferbrache of KPMG and an advisor to the UK government, posed the question of whether cyber attacks are the price of doing business in the digital world. A lively question and answer session with the three session speakers rounded off the day.

Selected presentations are available here:

Throughout the Symposium, speakers took questions from the audience and interesting discussions took place, and these continued during “networking” coffee and lunch breaks.

The New Year Cyber Symposium was a great success, and allowed us to promote the work of DFET to a wider audience.

Some participants’ tweets and photos from the event are collected in Storify.

We wish to thank the Symposium sponsors:
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New Year Cyber Symposium

New Year Cyber Symposium – Risks, Opportunities and Education

Thursday, 8th January 2015
Edinburgh Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus

Registration is now open for the New Year Cyber Symposium, to be held at the Craiglockhart Campus of Edinburgh Napier University on 8th January 2015.  The Symposium  is being organised within the DFET project and, in line with the aims of DFET, will focus on education and training needs within cyber security.

Click here to register

Topics to be covered will include:
  • education and training within cyber education
  • cybercrime risks, malware analysis/detection and fraud
  • security data gathering and analytics
  • cyber risks, resilience and failover
  • governance, auditability and accountability in the cloud
  • information sharing across the public and private sector
  • critical infrastructure and first response
  • real-time analytics on risks
  • risks to privacy and identity theft

This symposium aims to bring together knowledge from many different domains in order to create knowledge exchange and collaborative infrastructures, which address the key current cyber risks.

There will be a special focus on key areas such as the skills gap in cyber education, law enforcement training, and in the provision of a range of training infrastructures.

Confirmed speakers include:
  • Andy Archibald, Head of the National Cyber Crime Unit, National Crime Agency (UK)
  • David Ferbrache OBE, Special Advisor Cyber Security, KPMG (UK)
  • Don Smith, Technology Director, Dell SecureWorks
The Symposium is sponsored by Farrpoint. buy aged domains . English to Latvian