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Date(s) - Tuesday, February 4, 2014
8:15 am - 12:00 pm



For a while, IOR members have been requesting a seminar on Cyber risk, an undoubtedly hot topic. The England and Wales Chapter is delighted to have found the speakers who we believe will leave you impressed…and duly scared.

Graeme McGowan, Director, Cyber & Cyber Security and Independent Cyber & Cyber Security Consultancy Services, will start by taking us through the threats “out there” that cause us to loose sleep at night, the vulnerabilities and their impact and risk to our business, lifestyle and even our life. Dan Solomon, Director of Cyber Risk and Security Services division at Optimal Risk, will follow on and present a Red Team exercise conducted against a US bank designed to test security by simulating the approach and methods of an advanced attackers using sophisticated converged methods. He will also present the overview of a cyber war game that was conducted against the bank to test its response and resilience to prolonged attack, and illustrate the failings that were identified.

Dan Solomon heads the Cyber Risk and Security Services division at Optimal Risk and is an industrial espionage specialist, practitioner of FAIR (Factor Analysis of Information Risk), and a prominent advocate of Red Teaming. Prior to joining Optimal Risk Dan spent 3 years as a Senior Partner at Hawk ISM, at the same time serving as Director of the Homeland Security Program at The Atlantic Council UK. Dan has published & spoken around the world on the Intelligence Analysis & National Security, Future of Terrorism, Proliferation, Conflict in the Middle East, Cyber Security, Critical National Infrastructure Protection and Enterprise Security Risk Management.

Graeme McGowan took an early retirement after 37 years working for a Government Intelligence Agency. From 2005 to 2008 Graeme was seconded to the Home Office as the first Senior Government Communications Officer also responsible for the Code of Practice and enactment of RIPA Part III, providing Law Enforcement and Public Authorities legal powers to access encrypted data. Since 2008, Graeme has been providing independent Cyber and Cyber Security/Open Source Intelligence consultancy services to the public and private sector, and held a number of successful Directorial roles at a Swiss Software House, Global Security Risks Group and a UK-based Security company. In his spare time, Graeme is CEO of “Languages Arts & Culture”, a ground breaking global language exchange and educational, arts and culture social networking web resource.

Please find the agenda for the event below and use the link to register.

08:15 – Registration and refreshments
08:30 – Graeme McGowan, Independent Cyber & Cyber Security Consultancy Services – ‘Cyber Space – The New Battleground’
9:00 – Dan Solomon, Director, Cyber Risk and Security Services division, Optimal Risk – Red Team Exercise

Short Break

10:00 – Julian Cunningham-Day, Partner, Technology, Media & Telecommunications Department, Linklaters LLP – ‘Who regulates the Cyber space?’
10:30 – David Cripps, Head of Information Security, Investec
11:00 – Panel discussion, speakers joined by John Meakin, CISO, Head of Security and Technology Risk, RBS and Andreas Wuchner, Client Principal, CTO Strategy Group, HP Enterprise Security Services
11:45 – Close

The event is generously sponsored and hosted by Investec at 2 Gresham Street, EC2V 7QP

The event is free to IOR members. There will be a £50 charge to non-members.

It is anticipated that this will be a popular seminar and there is a limited number of spaces therefore you are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Please click the link below to download a booking form.

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We look forward to welcoming you on February 4th!

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