BSIA encourages registrations for Connected Products and Cyber Security Seminar

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is encouraging industry practitioners and security buyers alike to register for their free place at this week’s upcoming Connected Products and Cyber Security Seminar. The free-to-attend event is taking place at the Greswolde Arms, Knowle in Solihull on Thursday 2 November and is open to security and fire buyers and installers, or indeed any professional from either industry sector with an interest in improving their business’ cyber security and data protection policies.

Confirmed speakers for the event include:

Sergeant Hinesh Mehta (West Midlands Police lead on cyber crime) Mehta has been a police officer for over 14 years and heavily involved with shaping responses to cyber crime, currently holding the portfolio for the Protect strand of cyber crime. Armed with a wealth of experience, Mehta is now trying to increase the skills set of the force while also working to prevent organisations from becoming the unfortunate victims of cyber crime. This presentation will provide a local perspective on cyber crime and cyber security.

Stephen Lampett (BSIA technical services manager and Cyber Security Product Assurance Group lead) With over 20 years’ security experience, Lampett’s background includes several roles at ADT Fire and Security in various different areas of electronic fire and security. This presentation will cover the BSIA’s Cyber Security Product Assurance Group, the work that its constituent members are currently undertaking and expected outputs.

Jack Wilson (ethical hacking consultant at the Scottish Business Resilience Centre) Wilson’s focus is primarily on IT infrastructure, security assessments and public speaking engagements to raise awareness of how to stay safe online. He has researched into various areas of information security including Windows 10 and OS X privacy, Microsoft Office malware, intrusion detection systems, reverse engineering, web application testing and iOS VPN security. Wilson’s presentation will cover the current and future threats posed by cyber crime.

Laura Irvine (partner and solicitor advocate at BTO Solicitors LLP) Irvine is a specialist in data protection, cyber security and information law. She has previously worked as a prosecutor and for the UK Government. Irvine now works with clients who find themselves involved with data and information issues and the Information Commssioner’s Office (ICO). She was co-counsel in relation to the first – and, to date, only – successful appeal against an ICO fine for a breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 when the Scottish Borders Council had its £250,000 fine returned to them. Irvine currently provides organisations across all sectors with pragmatic and practical compliance advice in relation to the EU’s upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This presentation will cover the legal basics of the GDPR, consent and the other legal bases for processing, privacy notices and security requirements necessary to avoid ICO fines.

Delegates will also benefit from opportunities to visit the stands of exhibiting companies CSL Group, Global QA Consultants, Honeywell Security and Fire, Texecom and WebWayOne.

*Registration for the event will be open from 9.00 am with presentations beginning at 9.45 am and the event expected to conclude at around 1.30 pm. A full programme and online booking forms for both delegates and exhibitors are available on the BSIA’s website:

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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