Speakers and agenda announced for SANS Institute’s European Security Awareness Summit

The SANS Institute has announced the speakers and agenda for the upcoming European Security Awareness Summit in London

The SANS Institute has announced the speakers and agenda for the upcoming European Security Awareness Summit in London

SANS Institute has announced the speakers and agenda for 10 July’s eagerly-awaited European Security Awareness Summit in London which offers a blend of practical and theoretical sessions delivered by teams working inside leading European organisations.

The line-up of speakers includes representatives from the Bank of England, Lockheed Martin, University College London, Diageo and ENISA. There will be seven sessions at the Summit as well as an extended networking luncheon and additional peer networking breaks.

“We’ve taken a different approach this year in order to increase the level of peer discussion by theming our groups around different subject matter areas and less on vertical markets,” explained Lance Spitzner, training director at SANS Securing The Human Program. “This approach is based on feedback from our last event and reflects the notion that security and awareness challenges transcend industries. The experience and insights gained by a manufacturer, industry regulator or financial services organisation are valuable across the board.”

Spitzner added: “The audience for this event has also grown significantly. Alongside information security professionals, our early registrations are showing delegates from compliance and audit, Human Resources and communications backgrounds who are increasingly tasked with information security awareness and policy management roles. The European Security Awareness Summit will allow these attendees to gain real insights from both academic experts and peers with similar roles.”

Creating a network of ‘security champions’

John Haren – head of information security governance, risk and compliance for Diageo – boasts 16 years within the company across a variety of roles, the last four years of which have been spent within the information security area.

At the European Security Awareness Summit, Haren will discuss ongoing work designed to create a network of ‘security champions’ across what is one of the world’s largest drinks companies.

“I feel this is an important topic,” urged Haren. “Budgets are continually being squeezed and, as a result, central information security teams, and particularly those within global organisations, have fewer resources both in terms of people and finances. It’s vital that we use extended teams to help put across our critical messages. We can do this because there’s a pull from those teams to help their own parts of the business and their colleagues as well as a pull from interested individuals who find information security a fascinating subject.”

The one-day European Security Awareness Summit follows the two-day training course – SANS MGT433 Program – taught by Lance Spitzner.

“To reduce human risk you need to change peoples’ behaviours,” asserted Spitzner. “To change peoples’ behaviour you need a well-planned, high impact security awareness programme. Far too often, organisations have a security awareness programme in place but that programme is immature, designed only for compliance purposes to meet a certain standard. To truly change human behaviour, you need a mature security awareness programme in place that has the support of your management and answers the key questions of Who, What and How.”

*The European Security Awareness Summit – which takes place at the Grand Connaught Rooms, 61-65 Great Queen Street, London – and the course (which runs on 8-9 July) – are also supported by a dedicated online portal: www.securingthehuman.org/resources offering numerous resources developed as community projects by hundreds of different security awareness officers across the globe

**Further information on the European Security Awareness Summit’s contents and speakers, as well as detail around registration procedures, is available at: www.sans.org/event/european-security-awareness-summit/

About The SANS Institute

The SANS Institute was established back in 1989 as a co-operative research and education organisation. Today, it provides cyber security training and certification to professionals in Governments and commercial institutions worldwide.

SANS instructors teach over 50 different courses at more than 200 live cyber security training events as well as in the online space.

An affiliate of the SANS Institute, GIAC validates employee qualifications via 27 hands-on technical certifications in information security.

The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers Masters degrees in cyber security.

The SANS Institute provides myriad free resources to professionals within the information security community including consensus projects, research reports and newsletters.

*Further information is available at: www.SANS.org

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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