CYBER SECURITY: The Career of the Future Facing up to 21st Century Cybersecurity Challenges
CYBER SECURITY: The Career of the Future Facing up to 21st Century Cybersecurity Challenges

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CYBER SECURITY: The Career of the Future Facing up to 21st Century Cybersecurity Challenges



Where:  University of West London, St Mary’s Road, Ealing, London W5 5RF

When: Tuesday 8 November 2016 from 09.00 to 18.00

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With the UK emergence as one of the IT capitals of the world, the challenges to cyber security are not new, but they are growing increasingly complicated as hackers become more sophisticated and the Internet of Things brings new devices and therefore new vulnerabilities and threats. Industry at large, being led by the digital security community, must stay constantly alert in order to provide the best possible personnel and technologies to combat the threat.


The limited pool of cybersecurity professionals worldwide means companies face strong competition from many sources in terms of recruitment from criminal gangs, terrorist groups, Governments, Police, the Security services and the military. The lucrative nature of cyber-attacks offers a choice for experts to utilise their skills in criminal pursuits with its attendant risks or to work to combat the criminal and safeguard assets.


The increased reliance on technology and its permeation into all aspects of infrastructure brings greater exposure to attack and a need for cohesive and effective defence systems and business resilience plans.


A proactive defence mechanism to cyberattacks is a well trained staff operating, plan implementation, and executing rigorous procedures and testing supported by good software and hardware. The quality of training and education is directly correlated to the robustness of any defence strategy.


UWL is keen to develop certain key specialisms in research and development and build on the event to support new and exciting courses.


UWL delivers an MSc in Cyber Security that has been developed in response to the demand from industry for cyber security professionals who have a systematic understanding of the principles and technologies underpinning today’s IT systems.


This course is designed to help the student gain an understanding of how cyber security systems are designed and constructed, and of the impact of technology into an organisation. It develops the skills needed to work effectively in a business environment, and provides a solid basis for cyber security research.  The MSc in Cyber Security is available in a full-time mode, part-time day release mode and part-time evening mode.


In September 2016 UWL launched a new course, the BSc (Hons) in Cyber Security. This degree combines theory and practice, balancing cutting-edge security technologies and solutions with concepts and principles of the field. UWL is a member of the Amazon Web Services Academy and has integrated its curriculum into the course. This means students are exposed to the state-of-the-art security technologies and solutions developed by world-leading IT industry. The BSc (Hons) in Cyber Security is available in full-time as well as part-time mode.


The University is looking for key partners to assist in its bright future and be a channel for the mutual flow of information, people and ideas. The long term support for the cyber security courses at UWL will enable corporations to engage with the University and its students and develop exciting career paths for the future. The long term strategy beyond the event is to develop a centre of excellence at UWL and build international relationships and business links in this field. The key sponsors of this event will be at the forefront of this strategy and be part of an intelligence network of academia drawing on technical expertise and practical corporate infrastructure.


The possibility of students studying at UWL in London on a corporate scholarship will be one of the logical steps for the future.  


At the conference, Industry and Academic Experts will discuss:

  • The forecast evolution of cybersecurity, and what we must do differently to combat it, taking the offensive
  • Best practices for instilling a pervasive corporate culture of cyber security, the importance of the human behind the machine
  • Educating and training professionals in developing and managing agile systems that can adapt to new forms of attack
  • Improving cybersecurity awareness in private enterprise, educating SMEs in preparation and prevention of cyber threats
  • Addressing the cross-industry need for more highly qualified cyber security professionals
  • Preparing for today and the future with specialist training programmes
  • From ethical hacker to CISO, how UWL is educating a new generation to secure their future


Security concerns range from breach recovery strategies to employee education. UWL brings together a host of professionals to discuss best practices on these topics and address emerging challenges.


Join industry leaders to ensure you:

  • Train and educate current staff and recruit new resources
  • Engage with the University in further Cyber Security research and development
  • Sample key case studies of cyberattack, disruptive incidents, and effective defences, including live demonstrations of “hacking”
  • Protect information, communication and infrastructure in the dynamic working environment of business, local government and education
  • Examine effective means to protect digital assets from cybercrime in a stable and cost effective manner
  • Build sustainable Cyber Security processes that people actually use
  • Recruit qualified Cyber Security professionals
  • Build cyber security skills capacity to protect government and UK businesses and individuals
  • Build a Cyber Incident Response, Plan and test to assure maximum efficiency in time of an attack

Who should attend?

This conference is designed to inform executives and employees in Businesses and Enterprises of all sizes and provide guidance on their education, training, testing and recruitment plans to combat cyberattacks.  Delegates attending this Conference will include executives from SME’s, heads of business development, heads of IT, heads of infrastructure, risk officers, compliance officers, heads of human resources, account executives, cyber security leads, heads of operational security, further and higher education institutions, local authorities, central government, housing providers,  the voluntary sector and private organisations. 



Professor Anthony Woodman – Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor – University of West London

Dr Bray Barnes – Department of Homeland Security, Security Evaluation and Solutions Group, LLC

Robb Partridge – Head of the BT Cyber Security Academy

Tim Kidd – Executive Director, Jisc Technologies Limited

Jason Hart – CTO, Gemalto

Philip Zimmerman – Co-Founder Silent Circle

Keith Cottenden – Director of Forensic Services, CYFOR

Karla Jobling – Chief Operating Officer, BeecherMadden Ltd

Dr Brooke Miller – Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, University of North Texas

Dr Scott Belshaw – Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, and Director of Cyber Security Lab at University of North Texas

Dr Danni Novakovic – Head of Computing, School of Computing and Engineering, University of West London

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