How the crime business grew out of recession

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National statistics show a fall in surveyed crime to a third of the peak value over 20 years. Under this recessionary pressure criminal businesses have reacted with a strategy of consolidation and innovation.

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About the event

As the arms race between the IT industry and the criminal world escalates, criminals are using new technologies to exploit new vulnerabilities. As the IoT develops and more and more ‘things’ are connected to the internet, we will see more attacks in which physical devices are taken over and misused for criminal activities. We can expect sophisticated and, dare we say, innovative criminals to make increasing use of AI and cloud computing resources to automate, anonymise and increase the scale of cybercrime.

Organisational pressures are mounting to reexamine internal assumptions made about the Internet, highlighting a need for regular reassessment of cyberspace threats, including the insider threat of deliberate or inadvertent actions within businesses. We’re seeing a priority placed on the enforcement of measures for extending enterprise risk management to include organizational risk and cyber resilience.

From the technology viewpoint, the use of disruptive technology to fight cyber-crime innovation has shown rapid advancements in the past 18 months (Ransomware, IoT DDoS attacks, wider dissemination of Cryptocurrencies). Innovative technologies help businesses to get ahead of the arms race and disarm criminals. Security automation and the advent of narrow AI in cybersecurity shifts the odds in favour of the defenders. DARPA’s grand cyber-challenge has proven that applying maturing technologies such as machine learning to fields like vulnerability fuzzing & patching will bring significant changes on how cybersecurity is practised.

This half day event seeks to discuss current trends in cybercrime and shed light on a much-needed business and technology-driven response. Speakers will highlight how advanced technologies can be applied by today’s cybersecurity community to make enterprises a difficult target for cyber-criminals. Finally, what role do the regulators play in the criminal marketplace? How big is the problem? How much are companies investing in barriers to cybercrime? What is the state of play in the growth of new innovative cyber businesses in the UK? Join us as we attempt to answer these queries and many, more.

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Registration and networking with refreshments (no lunch will be provided)


Introduction to Security SIG from Tim Phipps of Solarflare


The future impact of AI in cybercrime; Dave Palmer, Director of Technology, Darktrace

The risks from the digital era have changed; intellectual property and financial theft have been a frustration, but we should now expect attacks on enterprise physical assets as well as the deliberate undermining of data-driven strategic decisions aimed to cause damage in the long term. AI and machine learning developments offer new opportunities for resilience across the whole digital business but will how will these same developments by used by digital criminals?




Malware: why are we losing the battle, and what can be done?; Fraser Kyne, EMEA CTO, Bromium

Over the last decade we’ve trebled our spending on IT security; yet breaches are up 4x over the same period. Clearly, something isn’t working…The software on modern PCs and mobile devices has become too large and complex to secure via conventional means, making it an easy target for malware. This session will look at the uncomfortable truths behind why the bad guys are winning, and propose what we can realistically do about it by taking advantage of hardware-assisted virtualization.




Refreshments and networking


The Business Case for Cyber Security, and the Investment Landscape; Nick Kingsbury, Serial Investor & Entrepreneur and Founder, Kingsbury Ventures

The first part of this presentation will look at the key questions a board should answer about their business, its assets, its plans and the key risks. In answering these questions a business case can be built. The second part will provide a snapshot of the investment landscape for innovative cyber security technology companies that are helping protect business against those risks.




Effective engagement & information sharing with Law Enforcement concerning business crime; DS Tim Court Metropolitan Police

This talk will outline the current framework of law enforcement response and activity to tackle cyber crime and fraud offences in the UK. It will provide an insight into serious organised crime groups targeting businesses and clarify what to expect from a LE response; and finally how to prepare for such engagement.




Policy responses to the changes in the ‘technology of crime’; Jane Cannon MBE, Director, Security Industry Engagement, Head, Joint Security & Resilience Centre

Jane will discuss the challenges facing HM Government and the security sector




Open Forum/Panel session with all speakers chaired by Tim Phipps of Solarflare


Closing remarks


Complete Feedback & Event closes


Jane Cannon MBE - Director, JSaRC

Timothy Court - Detective Sergeant, Cyber Crime Unit, Metropolitan Police

Nick Kingsbury - Director, Kingsbury Ventures Ltd

Fraser Kyne - EMEA CTO, Bromium UK

Dave Palmer - Director of Technology, Darktrace

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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Jesus College, Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BL

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