A Real Time Club Dinner - Debate on
‘Nobody is telling the truth about cyber security – not even when they think they know what the truth is!’
As far as cyber security is concerned a large part of the problem is ‘Nobody is telling the truth about cyber security – not even when they think they know what the truth is!’ according to our debate proposer, Philip Virgo.
Our current approaches to Data Protection, Digital Identity, Cyber Security and Surveillance have been overtaken by events and are over a decade out of date.
The Internet has lost its innocence. Thanks to Edward Snowden we all know that whatever we do on-line is not only recorded (to enable the packet-switched, store-and-forward, Internet to work), but stored (often well beyond the time needed for resilience), analysed (not just to improve performance) and the results made available (legitimately or otherwise), to a growing variety of "researchers", lawyers, spooks and hackers. "They" not only know you are a dog, but which breed and what trees you pee against.
How relevant are Data Protection principles, drafted for the age of mainframes, when our most personal data (including our on-line habits) is routinely collated, stored and analysed around the world by persons outside the reach of any EU regulator?
How relevant are Digital Identities when those running banking and payment services use profiling, not trust providers, to back up their authorisation routines for major transactions? Anti-virus and firewalls no longer protect against serious attacks; those who wish to protect their organisations and their customers are therefore joining a variety of "intelligence led security" partnerships to not only identify those attacking them but also use aggressive "asset recovery" techniques against the predators and those in their supply chains to get redress and deter future attacks.
In consequence almost everyone is running surveillance operations, whether to identify terrorists, victims or potential customers or those in need of health and welfare services or to attack, exploit, serve or protect them.
Meanwhile the world has gone mobile and the first fridge has already been caught taking part in a botnet attack. Who will be/is watching yours?
- The food police for breaching the latest NHS obesity "guidelines"?
- Google or Amazon looking to target advertising?
- Organised crime looking for an exploitable change in your life style?
BOOK HERE to join the debate, examine what cyber security really is, gain further insight into how cyber security can be used to all our advantage - and perhaps disadvantage - and to ask very difficult questions at the Real Time Club dinner and debate on Tuesday 18th February 2014.
The Proposer: Philip Virgo, Chairman at Conservative Technology Forum
Philip Virgo is currently Chairman of the Conservative Technology Forum, a group which he founded in 1978, organising policy teams to cover technology related issues and sub-groups on e-Crime and Cyber Security, and many other IT related areas.
Philip is also advisor to e-skills UK, Chairman of the WCIT Security Panel, was from 1993-2011 Secretary General of EURIM and is an advisor to numerous technology-related companies.
His extensive career and expertise can be seen on his LinkedIn page: Philip Virgo LinkedIn
Opposed by: Dominic Connor, Journalist and Quant Recruitment Expert
Dominic Connor is currently a quant recruiter in financial markets and a columnist at The Register, one of the most widely read online IT industry news and opinion websites.
Dominic is also a lecturer in quant finance for 7City Learning and is a former head of IT at Old Mutual
His career and expertise can be seen on his LinkedIn page: Dominic Connor LinkedIn
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Real Time Club
Born as an IT dinner club nearly 50 years ago, the Real Time Club is one of London’s foremost networking institutions. The Club’s networking events bring together people from diverse professional backgrounds with common interest in technology and society. The Club’s membership includes entrepreneurs and professionals form the tech industry, public sector, academia and finance.
Every year the Real Time Club runs a series of dinners with distinguished speakers on current issues of the information age. The Club’s dinners encourage robust and well-informed debate, while enabling interesting people to meet one another. There are around six dinners a year, most of which take place at the National Liberal Club, Whitehall Place, London SW1.
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