New Year Cyber Symposium Report

New Year Cyber Symposium – Risks, Opportunities and Education

Thursday, 8th January 2015
Edinburgh Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus
https://cybersym.eventbrite.co.uk

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:
Farrpoint: www.farrpoint.com
G2G3: www.g2g3.com
ECS Security: www.ecs.co.uk
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