Nominet has been invited to join the Government’s cyber crime reduction partnership, an initiative which aims to bring together leading representatives from industry, academia, government and law enforcement to tackle cyber crime in the UK. Jointly chaired by Security Minister James Brokenshire and David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, the partnership held its first meeting last month. Nominet’s position in the cyber world gives it insight into the nature, timing and shape of many organised cyber crime attacks in the UK. It takes a broad approach to tackling crime, from deploying technical solutions to empowering consumers to keep themselves safe. Last year it worked with registrars to suspend over 700 domains associated with criminal activity. Nominet champions key issues and provides support to for consumers in tackling the increasing number of digital threats, from internet scams to avoiding identity fraud. Lesley Cowley OBE, CEO of Nominet, stated, ‘The internet must be trusted if it’s to continue to fulfil its potential as a driver of economic growth. The challenge is for a wide range of stakeholders” not just those in the technology sector – to share information and ideas, so that our ability to spot, predict and combat online crime evolves in step with the increasing sophistication of cyber criminals. I’m looking forward to sharing the perspectives and expertise of Nominet and the wider industry.’
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.