Aim and Scope of Symposium
This symposium aims to bring together knowledge from many different domains in order to create knowledge exchange and collaborative infrastructures, which address the key cyber risks that Scotland and the UK faces. Key focal points are:
- Education and Training within Cyber Education.
- Gamification and Virtualisation of Cyber Security Training.
- Cybercrime Risks, Malware Analysis/Detection and Fraud.
- Security Data Gathering and Analytics.
- Cyber Risks, Resilience and Failover.
- Critical Infrastructure and First Response.
- Real-time Analytics on Risks.
- Risks to privacy and identity theft.
There will be a special focus on key areas such as the skills gap in cyber education, law enforcement training, and in the provision of a range of training infrastuctures. The work is supported within the DFET EU project, which aims to train security professionals in key areas of malware, fraud and related areas.
There will be several major tracks to the conference:
- Capture The Flag. This is a major capture the flag exercise from security teams around Europe, and organised by the University of Stockholm.
- Cyber Education. This theme focuses on Cyber Security education across Europe, especially on Law Enforcement integration.
- The Cyber Academy. This track will outline how The Cyber Academy can integrate across Europe, and provide the educational resources, as well as hosting a virtualised training and evaluation environment.
The conference forms part of the EU funded DFET project, which aims to create a virtualised infastructure for the training of Cyber Security professionals across Europe. The current partnership includes Edinburgh Napier University, Joseph Stefan Institute (JSI), Stockholm University, Police Scotland, and Aconite Internet Solutions. The Cyber Academy has now been created which will take forward the DFET training infastructure, and which aims to integrate research, innovation and teaching within Cyber Security across Europe. More details here.
Confirmed speakers include Andy Archibald (NCA), Prof Steve Furrnell (University of Plymouth) and Don Smith (Dell Secureworks).
When & Where
Bill Buchanan is a Professor in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Fellow of the BCS and the IET. He has a long track record of success in innovation, teaching and research, including two successful spin-out companies.His current duties including leading Public Engagement activities winning Edinburgh Napier University.
He currently leads the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks, and Security, and works in the areas of security, e-Health, Cloud Security, Web-based infrastructures, e-Crime, cryptography, triage, intrusion detection systems, digital forensics, mobile computing, agent-based systems, and security risk.
Bill has one of the most extensive academic sites in the World, and is involved in many areas of novel research and teaching in computing. He has published over 27 academic books, and over 250 academic research papers, along with several awards for excellence in knowledge transfer, and for teaching, such as winning at the Excellence Awards at Edinburgh Napier University in 2011, 2014 and 2015.
He is currently an external examiner at Royal Holloway (University of London) and has been an external examiner for many programmes, and for PhD examinations.
Presently he is working with a range of industrial/domain partners, including with the Scottish Police, the finance sector, and many large and small companies. He has a long track record in commercialisation activities, including being a co-founder of Zonefox and safi.re, which of which progressed from PhD work to a university spin-out, though the Scottish Enterprise funded Proof-of-Concept scheme. Over the past four years he has received direct funding of over £2.5million related to computer security, which has had a major impact on an international basis. Along with this he gives many keynote/endnote talks at conferences, including at NISC 2014 on Heartbleed.
Both spin-outs build on patented technology, including one which has patenting protection over three territories around the World. His current work includes a 500,000 Euro project which aims to build an advanced training infrastructure for Cyber Security and Digital Forensics. Previous projects have included collaboration of TSB Grants with Microsoft plc on a £2million project which aimed to improve the care of the elderly using Trusted Cloud-based services, and with Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on a next generation Health Care platform. This also matches up with other funded projects with the FSA and the Scottish Police.
He has created many innovations in teaching related to computer security, including being sole author on http://networksims.com (Cisco Simulators), and http://asecuritysite.com (one of the most extensive computer security site for academic material in the World) and in creating DFET (an innovative Cloud training infrastructure for security and digital forensics training). His lectures are online at http://youtube.com/billatnapier, with over 400 on-line lectures, and has over 2,500 subscribers, with more than one million minutes watched. He regularly appears on the BBC radio and TV talking about Cybercrime (see http://youtube.com/billatnapier).
Bill was also a member of the ICT in Education Excellence Group, which has been setup by the Scottish Government in 2012, and innovated the Christmas Cyber lecture for Schools in Scotland (attended by over 3,000 pupils in Dec 2013). He has done extensive work with Schools in promoting ICT, especially focused on computer security, and created the Bright Red Digital Zone, which now includes most of the subjects with the N5 (CfE) subjects in Scotland (bright-redbooks.net), and which has extensive coverage of areas such as computer security.