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Don't panic about IoT Security, new technology will sort it out

Brought to you by The Security Group

The Internet of Things (IoT) brings together large amounts of data about people. The IoT could become a hackers playground with big, valuable data sets available in one place.

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About the event

This half day conference hosted by Olswang will explore the ways in which new technologies can be applied to manage the risks inherent in any data collection project. We will explore the potential dystopian outcomes of the IoT, and look at ways in which technologies like artificial intelligence, block chains, quantum key distribution will keep our future safe.

Our SIG champions will set the scene on a variety of tension points within the IoT sector and speakers will be invited to share their expertise surrounding IoT security. From hacking scandals, IoT privacy to new technology and government regulation, this event will encourage lively discussion with audience members.

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Registration, Networking & Refreshments (Lunch will not be provided)


Introduction to Security & Defence SIG from Paul Tindall, Sepura


Welcome from our host, Anthony Waller, Partner at Olswang LLP


Scene Setting by Tim Phipps, Solarflare


Three approaches for resolution by Paul Tindall, Sepura


What could possibly go wrong?; Adrian Winkles, ARU

We hear of hacking scandals in the news all the time, but what are the implications and what should we be looking out for? Let’s explore some potential scenarios.




The business case for security; Laurence Kalman, Olswang

Legal liability and insurance costs will provide a business case for the right amount of security to be added to IoT data. There are some specific questions that we’d like to explore. Who owns "information"? What right is there to IoT privacy? Is consent really freely given when a big corporate offers the user a "yes/no" decision on 62 pages of T&Cs? Can a small, sacrificial company carry such large liabilities?




Refreshment break


New technology will solve all of our problems; Max Heinemeyer, Darktrace

Signature and rule based security controls are inherently reactive and do not keep up with today’s threat landscape. Neither does this traditional approach work nor is it very resource-efficient because of true-positives often getting drowned in false-positives resulting in alert fatigue for analysts. The advent of the IoT adds challenges and complexity on top of this by introducing an unpreceded amount of connected devices and new technologies resulting in an even bigger attack surface. Machine learning and anomaly detection identify attacks and threats by detecting deviations from learned patterns of life for a network rather than relying on known indicators of compromise. Darktrace is used as an example to illustrate how ‘smart’ solutions protect enterprises against modern threat actors regardless of if the tools, techniques & procedures used by the attackers are known or unknown.




The role of government and regulation;Derek McAuley, University of Nottingham

What is the role of the regulator? For a start which regulator has control? (ofcom, information commissioner, health service commissioners). What level of regulation will benefit the whole industry in protecting us from both hackers and poor corporate behaviour?




Insight from Government - Professor Anthony Finkelstein, Chief Scientific Adviser for National Security




Various scenarios and questions will be posed to the audience and speakers. Questions and interaction from the audience is encouraged!


Closing Remarks from Paul Tindall


Complete Feedback and Event Closes


Anthony Finkelstein

Max Heinemeyer - Director of Threat Hunting, Darktrace

Max is a cyber security expert with over eight years’ experience in the field specializing in network monitoring and offensive security. At Darktrace, Max works with strategic customers to help them investigate and respond to threats as well as overseeing the cyber security analyst team in the Cambridge UK headquarters. Prior to his current role, Max led the Threat and Vulnerability Management department for Hewlett-Packard in Central Europe. He was a member of the German Chaos Computer Club, working as a white hat hacker in penetration testing and red teaming engagements. Max holds a MSc from the University of Duisburg-Essen and a BSc from the Cooperative State University Stuttgart in International Business Information Systems.

Laurence Kalman - Partner, CMS

Laurence is a partner in the CMS Commercial / Technology team.

Laurence works on a wide range of commercial and technology-related transactions, including outsourcing deals, licensing / franchising arrangements and services agreements. He acts for buyers and sellers on IP-rich, cross-border M&A transactions, with a focus on resolving complicated business separation issues. Laurence also advises on exploiting IP rights and data / cyber security matters.

Laurence acts for clients across a range of industries, including TMT, retail, infrastructure, energy, and financial services. He is particularly focused on connective technologies and the “internet of things”, and is co-head of CMS’s automotive technology group.

Derek McAuley - Professor or Digital Economy in the School of Computer Science, Nottingham University

Adrian Winckles - Course Leader, Anglia Ruskin University

SIG Champions

Phil Burr - Product Marketing Manager, Arm

Phil, as a senior product manager, has grown product revenue by focusing on the customer. Covering product strategy, product marketing, business development and product management, Phil is driven by the desire to connect customers to products that delight. Most recently Phil was Product Marketing Director at Arkessa (IoT SaaS platform) and Senior Product Marketing Manager at Mentor Graphics (embedded software product). Phil co-founded Octymo, a Cambridge start up focused on licensing a mobile phone applications platform. Phil brings extensive global experience including living in Asia where, for TTPCom and Motorola, he built and led a pan-Asian division to service multi-million dollar contracts.

Nick Koiza - Head of Security Business, Plextek

Nick heads up Plextek's business in the security market and has a long and successful track record across global security and public safety sectors, where he has developed a strong reputation as a leading authority in secure critical communications. He has held senior management positions in public and private companies spanning IT, technology and communications, and has also co-founded and managed Cambridge-based businesses. He began his career with the European Space Agency in Germany where he acted as a member of the Mission Control Team for a spacecraft launched aboard NASA's Space Shuttle. A Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, Nick holds a Diploma from the University of Cambridge and MSc and BSc honours degrees in Space Science and Computer Science, respectively.

Derek Long - Head of Telecoms & Mobile, Cambridge Consultants

As head of telecoms and mobile at Cambridge Consultants, Derek leads the company’s collaboration within the sector. Central to Derek’s role at Cambridge Consultants is helping create breakthrough innovation that transforms the delivery of high-performance communication for their partners; from mobile carriers and ISPs, to vendors and component manufacturers. With over 20 years’ experience in mobile technology, Derek has held a range of multinational senior management roles and has a wealth of expertise across all generations of mobile and broadband technology, including LTE-A and 5G. Derek holds a PhD in telecommunications from the University of Bristol.

Tim Phipps - Technical Marketing Manager, Solarflare

Tim sees Cambridge Wireless as a way to build the network of relationships that drive business growth and a better society for us all. As Technical Marketing Manager at Solarflare, Tim works to conceive and realise the components that will make the internet faster, secure and more reliable. He has worked on technologies from their earliest beginnings to mass market adoption, including WiFi, Bluetooth, and cellular from GSM to LTE. His experience includes working as a development engineer, project management, business development and product marketing.

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Olswang LLP, 90 High Holborn, London W1V 6XX

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