Cybersecurity: Review of keynote speakers at Secure South West 6 – Plymouth University

Secure South West 6 – an opportunity for awareness training and access to expertise without the need to travel out of the south west.

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Securious attended the Secure South West 6  event hosted by Plymouth University yesterday, which as always, was a great opportunity to share knowledge and continue to raise awareness in the region around cyber security. The event was, again, very professionally organised and well attended.

Secure South West Introduction says

This event is specifically offered for the benefit of organisations in the south west, giving an opportunity for awareness-raising and access to expertise without the need to travel out of the region. The programme includes presentations and discussion addressing a range of security topics relevant to the current market. These will be delivered by representatives from leading companies in the IT security industry, alongside recognised academic experts from Plymouth University.

Jeremy Ward from Hewlett Packard Enterprise solutions gave us an interesting presentation about cyber insurance and how this could have a positive impact on attitudes to cyber security in the future.  He highlighted that this was a very new offering for some insurance companies and that they were still finding their way and determining the risk landscape.

Henrik Kiertzner discussed the “What the consultant doesn’t tell the customer..” and highlighted some really interesting points around building resilience and determining risk.

We had the opportunity to learn about the ‘past, present and future’ of Data Protection from Robert Bond of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP and were given some  insights into the requirements around the new EU Directive for Data Protection.

Dr Paul Dowland of Plymouth University gave us a live demonstration of a website exploitation.  He demonstrated how simple it was to post an unflattering picture of Professor Stephen Furnell, of  Plymouth University, on a website, using tools which are widely available on the internet.

We then had a panel discussion “breaching our own security: can we keep a secret anymore” which raised various discussion points including a person having the right to disappear digitally and also around the use of encryption.

Giles Letheren, Delt Operations Director, and James Stubb of Babcock shared their experiences around how the compromise of an employee’s outlook webmail led to the development of a Security Operations Centre.

Pete Woodward, CIO of Securious Ltd, had the final presentation of the day and gave an insight into the payment card industry, highlighting where the PCI DSS standard originated from, who is required to comply with the standard, and how a company achieves compliance. This was followed by several questions from attendees wanting to understand more around the security of point of sale devices and requirements for both large and small merchants to be compliant.

The podcasts of the presentations will be available on the Plymouth University website in the near future together with other lectures, discussions, interviews, tutorials, industry insights etc.

PDF copies of slides are available and details of speakers

 Securious is a cyber security compliance company based in Devon serving businesses and organisations across the South West and beyond. We offer rapid Cyber Essentials certification, ISO 27001 Compliance and PCI DSS Compliance as well as PEN testing (penetration testing) and cyber security consultancy. 
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