Security IT Summit sheds light on current criminality trends in digital landscape

The incessant growth of the Internet in recent years has completely transformed the world in which we live. Rapidly evolving into an interconnected global network of systems and information, the Internet has had an overwhelming impact on business conduct worldwide.

With more and more systems and devices becoming part of the overall picture, it also follows that the threat we face is constantly evolving, expanding and diverging. The financial, political and physical damage caused by these threats has arguably never been higher, with critical infrastructure at the very forefront of many attacks. Security experts are struggling to keep pace with the latest updates, often racing against attackers in a bid to keep their cyber security defences intact.

That’s where the Security IT Summit comes in. Designed to draw on the combined expertise of the industry to facilitate the development of coherent strategies for combating these emerging threats, the Security IT Summit took centre stage at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in London on Tuesday 5 July.

Following on from the success of the inaugural event last year, the Security IT Summit – as always organised by Forum Events – again brought together leading solution providers, industry specialists and senior decision-makers from across the industry for another day of ideas and inspiration.

Covering everything from access control to data theft and on to encryption and cyber strategy, the Security IT Summit provides unparalleled industry access to the latest and most innovative products and services on the cyber security scene. This year, the event showcased expertise from the likes of 8MAN, Cynet, Layer 8, LogRhythm, Pervade Software and Unipart as well as many other companies who want to help businesses prevent and combat the most pressing issues currently facing them.

Hosting a selection of senior decision-makers from some of the most well-known household names including Credit Suisse, Marie Curie, the Metropolitan Police Service, Oxfam, Sainsbury’s, Western Union and more, the Security IT Summit – for which Risk UK is an Official Media Partner – has established itself as the principal event in the cyber security space for IT security professionals who wish to find out about the latest products and services on the market.

Intrusion versus Breach

This year’s event began with industry specialists Matt Ellison (principal security consultant at LogRhythm) and Gabe Chomic, president of ISSA in the UK, opening the show with two interactive seminars.

Ellison hosted a session entitled: ‘Intrusion versus Breach: Your Fate will be Determined by your Speed of Detection and Response’. He emphasised that an intrusion doesn’t equal a breach. The risk associated with loss of reputation, customer data and business interruption hinges on a business’ ability to detect, prioritise and neutralise cyber threats in real-time.

Ellison walked attendees through benchmarking and how to use a clearly defined Security Intelligence Maturity Model to assess current capabilities for detecting as well as reacting and responding to intrusions before they become breaches. Ellison also helped attendees develop a clear understanding of how to move their organisations closer towards nation state protection by introducing Next-Gen SIEM security analytics and automated response.

Meanwhile, Chomic delivered a session focused on ‘The State of Play: The Information Security Landscape in 2016’. He discussed the cyber security scene as it stands this year, covering a broad range of issues including crimeware, layered defences, the maturation of the cloud and Government while also sharing top tips and strategies.

Face-to-face meetings

Attendees then had the opportunity to discuss ideas, inspirations and solutions through a series of face-to-face meetings. The Security IT Summit uses a unique matchmaking formula to bring together like-minded delegates and suppliers for a series of face-to-face talks, allowing them to get to know one another that little bit better.

Delegates and suppliers furthered the reach of their business connections and discussed all things cyber security during a luncheon served at the Tower Grill Restaurant within the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel.

To conclude the day, industry specialists Mark Godsland (digital crime harm reduction advisor at Gloucestershire Constabulary) and Jonathan Davies (CTO of Pervade Software) hosted two seminars.

Godsland gave a breakdown of ‘A Local Police Response to Cyber Crime in Respect of the Business Community’. This presentation included a broad overview of the local police response to cyber crime to show how forces are actively supporting their communities in preparing for and protecting against cyber crime. Godsland offered an all-encompassing view of what the national UK police and law enforcement communities are doing to fight cyber crime, as well as sharing his considered thoughts on the current cyber risk picture and its effect on local business communities as well as the UK in general.

Meanwhile, Davies hosted a session on ‘Quick Reaction Breach Forensics’. Nowadays, we accept that it’s a case of ‘When’ and not ‘If’ there will be cyber breaches. That being so, Davies shed some light on strategies designed to build a quick response towards security breaches, discussing everything from ways in which to identify a security event through to speeding up forensic analyses.

Once again, the Security IT Summit reiterated its position as a market leader for cyber security professionals wishing to build their knowledge and gain exposure to the leading products and services the industry has to offer

*The Security IT Summit 2017 takes place on 4 July at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in London. Visit: www.securityitsummit.co.uk for more details

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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