Details of second CyberThreat Summit announced by NCSC and SANS Institute

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the SANS Institute have announced details for CyberThreat 2019, the Summit designed specifically for technical professionals in cyber security. Returning for the second year, the two-day event on 25 and 26 November at the Riverbank Park Plaza Hotel in London will unite technical experts from the cyber security community in the UK and further afield to discuss the full spectrum of offensive and defensive disciplines and encourage collaboration. It will showcase Case Studies from the field and new security tools.

CyberThreat 2019 will enable those working in cyber security, in both industry and Government, to share experiences and Best Practice in the critical role they perform protecting the UK’s national infrastructure and population from cyber attacks.

Like last year, the joint NCSC and SANS Institute initiative will feature hands-on challenges for delegates including a ‘Capture The Flag’ event, interactive hackable badges, team problem-solving and ‘hackathons’ against some of the latest devices and products. It will blend presentations from world-renowned industry experts with cutting-edge, interactive tech features, including Internet of Things hacking, critical control system forensics and a dedicated games area featuring retro and modern consoles.

There will also be talks from talented newcomers and rising industry stars, as well as opportunities to network with industry peers.

Exchanging ideas, inspiring new thinking

Paul Chichester, the NCSC’s director of operations, said: “We’re looking forward to working with the SANS Institute to build on the success of last year’s CyberThreat Summit. This is a great platform to bring together the sharpest minds from the world of cyber security to exchange ideas and inspire new thinking. It’s vital that these ideas come from as wide a talent pool as possible, which is why this year we’re encouraging greater diversity of participation so that the UK remains at the forefront of innovation in cyber security.”

Stephen Jones, managing director for the UK and the Nordics at the SANS Institute, stated: “SANS Institute is delighted to be partnering once again with the NCSC to deliver the CyberThreat Summit. Last year, hundreds of practitioners attended CyberThreat 2018. The very first event of its kind, it was designed specifically for hands-on cyber security practitioners, providing an opportunity to network with like-minded individuals, learn the latest cutting-edge techniques and take part in technical challenges designed to test their skills against industry peers.”

Jones added: “CyberThreat 2019 will once more bring together the best technical people from across all areas of the cyber community, from experts with the deepest technical knowledge through to some of the most exciting emerging talent in the industry today. In 2019, we will continue to drive for greater diversity among our participants, and particularly welcome submissions for papers from women in the industry. Like last year, our goal is to bring together both world-leading and emerging experts of the future to deliver unparalleled content and discussion across the critical areas of cyber security. We’re determined that CyberThreat 2019 will bring together the very best and the brightest cyber security talent in the UK. We’re proud to play our part in such an important event.”

Shared cyber security experiences

James Lyne, CTO at the SANS Institute, explained: “This is the second year that the NCSC and the SANS Institute will be hosting CyberThreat. The Summit provides a really unique opportunity to bring together practitioners from both Government and the commercial world to share cyber security experiences and acquire new technical skills and knowledge. We also want the Summit to play a role in helping to address the cyber skills gap by developing and enthusing both new and existing talent. The atmosphere at CyberThreat last year was electric, with many delegates taking part in activities like the ‘hackathons’. The blend of technical talks and hands-on activities, covering both offensive and defensive techniques, as well as the opportunities to network with a wide range of peers make the CyberThreat Summit a pretty unique event. If you’re a hands-on cyber security practitioner who spends time at the keyboard thwarting cyber criminals, this is the event for you.”

Graham Bartlett, senior technical leader at Cisco, concluded: “The whole 2018 event was world-class. I haven’t experienced anything like it before at a security event. I would encourage anyone with a passion for cyber security to attend this event. Never have I witnessed so many like-minded individuals who are infused with passion, but also so friendly and welcoming. You will be sure to make many new contacts, as well as some new friends.”

*Registration for CyberThreat 2019 is now open. Find more information and register your details at

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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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