I’ve been shortlisted for Security Serious Unsung Hero award

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I’ve been nominated for a Security Serious Unsung Hero award in the Best Educator category. This will be awarded to a professor, lecturer or teacher who leads by example to inspire and motivate the next generation of cyber security professionals. I’m humbled to be considered. Thank you!

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Sharing views on security culture

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I’ve been invited to talk about human aspects of security at the CyberSecurity Talks & Networking event.  The venue and the format allowed the audience to participate and ask questions and we had insightful discussions at the end of my talk. It’s always interesting to hear what challenges people face in various organisations and how a few simple improvements can change the security culture for the better.


Presenting at the IT & Security Forum

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I was invited to speak at the IT & Security Forum in Kazan, Russia. The conference spanned over three days and combined technical and non-technical talks, round table discussions and vendor presentations.

I spoke about the friction between security and productivity in the Oil & Gas sector. The participants shared their issues, after which we discussed potential solutions.

It was great to see that security managers in the audience recognised the potential negative impact to the business of poorly implemented security policies and controls and that they are willing to tackle such challenges.


Security in an Agile World – NextSec event

 

Santander have kindly agreed to host our next workshop event in their London offices on the 14th October. View the event flyer here.

Hear from leaders in Digital Innovation and Information Security on:
– The balance of Security and Innovation: The Cyber Threat and Opportunity
– Phishing and Social Media
– The Importance of Communication in Security

Speakers
– Edward Metzger, Head of Innovation, Santander
– Matt Bottomley, Senior Manager, Cyber Risk, Lloyds Banking Group
– Christine Maxwell, Head of Digital Security, Governance and Operational Excellence, BP

Networking and Careers Session
– Opportunity to network with junior professionals, students in Information Security and Technology
– Post event drinks and canapés reception
– Information Security careers stands from Santander, EY and KPMG will be at the event

Date: Wednesday 14th October 2015

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SC Awards, BSides London and Infosecurity Europe

It was a busy week for security professionals in London; InfoSecurity Europe, BSides London and SC Magazine Awards were happening almost simultaneously.

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We were provided with a booth at the InfoSecurity Europe conference & exhibition to host another NextSec event entitled “Finance and Cyber Security: How Banks Are Evolving To Combat The External Cyber Landscape”. Two global financial institutions discussed how they are reacting to the cyber threats that affect them, and how they are looking to combat that threat.

Attendees had an opportunity to gain insight into how financial institutions are dealing with cyber threats on both strategic and operational levels as well as to understand challenges and approaches to managing information security risk in large financial organisations

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I was also invited to attend the SC Magazine Awards as part of KPMG’s Cyber Academy team. I helped to develop KPMGs IT Security Concepts course and also delivered it internally. It was a great honour to know that the course’s quality was recognised beyond the firm.

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Finally, BSides London 2015 was great as always. KPMG were running a lockpicking competition, where I managed to make it to the Top 30. It was also nice to catch up with Thom, Javvad, Lawrence, Iggi and other great professionals in the field.


The Changing Face of Cyber Security – NextSec event

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I was very happy to open our NextSec event in collaboration with EY. We had some great presentations followed by a well-facilitated discussion panel which offered a wonderful knowledge sharing session for everyone who attended.

The main themes of the evening were the changing threat landscape and widening the skills gap. The participants learned about the future of malware from Sian John, a security futurologist from Symantec, and how to address it by developing a security strategy with the help of Robert Coles, GSK. Elena Cinquegrana shared her perspective on being a consultant while Freddie Hult from CyberResilience Ltd. discussed the role of a CISO. Lucy Chaplin from KPMG concluded with a talk on privacy issues in the modern world.
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I would like to say a special thanks to Chinwe and Annabel from EY for their contribution.

Presenting at the ISACA London Chapter event

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I shared some research findings with the ISACA London Chapter members at the November event. We discussed resolving conflicts between security compliance and human behaviour. The talk was followed by a panel discussion with other presenters, where I answered questions regarding human aspects of information security.

During the networking session after the presentation I’ve had many other interesting conversations with the participants. People were sharing their stories and experiences implementing and auditing security controls.

The video of the talk is available on the ISACA London Chapter website.