SC Congress exceeds expectations


The ILEC Conference Centre in London played host to a raft of industry expert speakers and an audience of some 180 senior industry professionals at the first SC Congress in the UK.

In an excellent first SC Congress in the UK, held this spring, the ILEC Conference Centre in London played host to a raft of industry expert speakers and an audience of some 180 senior industry professionals, chewing the fat on everything from Edward Snowden and privacy, to BYOD, cyber-crime and boardroom security awareness.

Some discussions got the audience really hot and bothered – the panel on privacy expectations raised questions over NSA and GCHQ surveillance, while the fact that these details had been collected by Edward Snowden – a contractor for the CIA at the time – saw concerns over the insider threat increase. 

“Insider threats, I think, are actually one of the biggest problems,” said Frank Florentine, director of LilyCo, during the panel “Inside, outside, upside-down: Staying ahead of the threat”. He concluded, “At the end of the day you have to trust somebody - but its trust and verify.”

Elsewhere attendees packed out the main conference room for the talk on BYOD management, while the earlier keynote on security awareness for the boardroom drew a heated debate on the media's role in educating senior executives on cyber security dangers.

One audience member questioned whether the media is having a detrimental effect on security in the event of a data breach, but Channel 4 CISO Brian Brackenborough, formerly of the BBC, said that the media can have a positive role in getting C-level to talk with their IT department.

With the conference seemingly drawing to a close, the Met Police's Mark Jackson tore up the script by delivering a surprisingly honest assessment of the force's expertise with cyber-crime.

“Online is the high street that hasn't been policed,” he said during his keynote speech. He added that catching these criminals was hard enough – crimes often appear anonymous and come across via proxies from different countries – and are made harder by not having the right staff with the right skills.

 “We're still trying to train our people like its 1987 so we need to look how we train our people,” said Jackson who added that he needed people with  “multidisciplinary tech skills and a detective's investigative mentality.”

The next SC Congress London conference and exhibition is being held at the ILSEC Centre on June 3. Stay tuned to for more details.

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