Euro Security Watch with Mathew J. Schwartz

Events , Governance & Risk Management , Infosecurity Europe Conference

11 Must-See Infosec Europe Presentations

Previewing Top Sessions at Europe's Biggest Information Security Gathering
11 Must-See Infosec Europe Presentations

Europe's biggest information security conference returns to London this week.

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The free, three-day conference launches June 7, and organizers are expecting to see at least 15,000 attendees and more than 345 exhibitors - including yours truly with Information Security Media Group at booth A60. Past years have featured top-flight information security professionals, public figures and other experts, and this year looks set to repeat that formula.

Of the many presentations offered at this year's event, these 11 caught my eye:

Tuesday, June 7

  • Cybercrime: What Works in 2016 (10:30 a.m.): Given all of the online-related crime activity that's come to light this year - from hacks of SWIFT-using banks to rampant business email compromises, among many other attacks - the always insightful James Lyne, global head of security research for Sophos, will have a lot of ground to cover.
  • Securing the Connected Human (11:15 a.m.): Until technologists can design systems that can secure themselves - don't hold your breath - it's up to users to shoulder much of our collective security burden. With that disclaimer in mind, how can we as humans - who too often still fall for excruciatingly simple attacks - alter our behavior for the better? That's the focus of this session, which will feature Samantha Davison, security awareness manager for Uber; Thom Langford, CISO of Publicis; user-centered design professor Angela Sasse from University College London; UK Transport Sector CISO Andrew Rose, and (ISC)² CEO David Shearer.
  • Profiling the Connected Cybercriminal (12:35 p.m.): Hear the latest insights from Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer of Finnish security firm F-Secure, on cybercriminal motivations, behaviors, tactics and techniques. Mikko is one of the most lucid, analytical and accessible speakers and researchers on information security issues. If you've never heard him speak before, don't miss this opportunity.
  • How to Build an Effective Security Team (1:30 p.m.): Cory Scott, CISO at job-focused social network LinkedIn, will explain how LinkedIn cultivates its own information security talent. No doubt Scott will also field questions about LinkedIn's massive 2012 breach, which occurred before he joined the company (see LinkedIn's Password Fail).

Wednesday, June 8

  • Privacy vs. Security: Reducing the Tension Between National Security, Privacy & Information Security (10 a.m.): The Right Honourable Lord Hague of Richmond, a prominent politician for 20 years, has served as foreign secretary, leader of the House of Commons and first secretary of state. He will share his perspective on blending information security, national security and personal privacy.
  • Regulation, Risk & Privacy: Data Privacy, EU GDPR & the Global, Connected Enterprise (11:15 a.m.): Representatives from the U.K. Information Commissioner's Office, Canon, PwC, Sky as well as law firm Hogan Lovells will discuss the EU's new General Data Protection Regulation and how businesses must prepare (see Mandatory Breach Notifications: Europe's Countdown Begins).
  • Privacy, Trust and the Internet of Things: (2:40 p.m.): Renowned information security expert Bruce Schneier will ask who's responsible for securing the Internet of Things and describe how the information security community can - and must - help.
  • Next-Gen CISO: How to be a Successful Security Leader of the Future (4:40 p.m.): Leading CISOs - from Barclays, BT Security, LinkedIn, Marks & Spencer and Trainline - will talk strategy, tactics and how the role of the CISO continues to evolve.

Thursday, June 9

  • Brian Honan's Incident Response Best Practices (10 a.m.): This session, featuring Brian Honan, CEO of Dublin-based BH Consulting, the founder of Ireland's first computer emergency response team and an expert who's frequently quoted in ISMG's articles, celebrates his induction into the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame. Past inductees have included Mikko Hypponen, Bruce Schneier, Whitfield Diffie and Dan Kaminsky, among others.
  • Fostering Better Engagement Between Business & Law Enforcement to Effectively Respond to Cybercrime (10:40 a.m.): How can law enforcement and information security professionals better collaborate to help disrupt cybercrime? That's the focus of this panel, moderated by Honan, and featuring Garry Lilburn, a senior investigating officer with the Metropolitan Police Service's cybercrime unit; Rik Ferguson, vice president of security research at Trend Micro; Tom Mullen, head of security operations for Telefónica (O2) UK; and Kurt Pipal, assistant legal attaché for the FBI.
  • A Year on From a Leaky Kettle. Has Security of the Internet of Things Improved? (June 9, 3:20 p.m.): Given that Ken Munro, a partner at research firm Pen Test Partners, just hacked his Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV hybrid, you already know the answer. So come for insights from one of the world's foremost "Internet of Insecure Things" researchers, who also isn't afraid to get his hands dirty (see Who Hacked Barbie?).

The above is just a sample of some of the great sessions on offer over the next few days. Which ones have caught your eye?

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About the Author

Mathew J. Schwartz

Mathew J. Schwartz

Executive Editor, DataBreachToday & Europe, ISMG

Schwartz is an award-winning journalist with two decades of experience in magazines, newspapers and electronic media. He has covered the information security and privacy sector throughout his career. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2014, where he now serves as the executive editor, DataBreachToday and for European news coverage, Schwartz was the information security beat reporter for InformationWeek and a frequent contributor to DarkReading, among other publications. He lives in Scotland.

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