Cyber17: The Emerging Threat Landscape

Cyber17: The Emerging Threat Landscape

December 18 2017 | | Blog

On 13 December, Chess CyberSecurity was invited to be a part of the University of Cambridge’s Cyber Security conference of 2017. The theme for the day was the threats associated with emerging technologies, and we were delighted to partner with Sophos at the event.

The event was hosted by the University of Cambridge at the Faculty of Law. The primary audience was IT Practitioners within the university of Cambridge, comprising many colleges and departments. The focus was to highlight the importance of information security to the wider university and to equip IT practitioners with the knowledge they need to protect their data.

Guest speakers included Emma W from the National Cyber Security Centre. Emma specialises in the human element of cybersecurity; helping people to be an effective first line of defence in cyber security.

Martin Lee also addressed the audience. His 20 years’ experience has made him an expert in emerging threats and his research is used to prevent and moderate security risks. Merike Kaev from the Estonian Ministry of Justice also delivered a 40-minute presentation on the implementation of GDPR breach reporting, which is at the forefront of everyone’s minds with only 6 months left until this important piece of European legislation comes into effect.

The next presentation was from a Cambridge law graduate from Trinity College. He discussed the psychometric perspective on online social engineering.

Finally, there was a lively panel discussion, raising a number of pertinent questions from the audience.

The afternoon’s final guest speaker was Sophos’ own Paul Ducklin. Paul has worked alongside Chess CyberSecurity for many years and we have been privileged to have him support our SecureTour17 event in the summer. Paul gave a live demo of malware hacking which was a fantastic end to an enlightening day.

Sophos and ourselves hosted a stand and the Sophos merchandise was snapped up quickly. The socks and fidget spinners didn’t last long but we were delighted that a few branded cupcakes were left for us to enjoy at the end of a long day! We are thrilled to have made some great introductions and we are excited at the prospect of working closely once more with the University of Cambridge in the New Year.