Cyber Security Forum 2015 – Turning the tide against Cyber Crime
An event review – Cyber Security Forum 2015
Considering the sweltering heat (36C/97F), the choice of the Churchill War Rooms couldn’t have been better, a fantastic venue, deep underground with ice cold air conditioning and drinks.
The heat didn’t put off the attendees, a packed room emphasising the interest in cyber security of this invite only event. The event started with a short intro from Kobus Paulsen Chairman of UC Group on the challenges businesses are facing with regards to cyber security.
Oliver Eckel – Cognosec CEO, provided an overview of the type of services provided to a range on national and international clients across a range of sectors. It’s a secretive business – so no case studies I’m afraid.
The Live Hack
Sebastian Strobl (Cognosec) demonstrated a ‘real life’ live hack scenario to the audience. Using a number of readily available hard and software tools he was easily able to identify the most comment access points that the attendees phones had connected to wirelessly. He then created an ‘Evil access point’ and diverted phones to connect to this automatically as he jammed one of the other access points peoples phones had connected to. In all, the process took 5 minutes. If the data had been stored it would have enabled him to capture users’ passwords and email addresses and any login data from all phones!
The Cyber Security Forum Panel
Rt. Hn. David Blunkett – MP & Non-executive director of Cognosec
Graham Cluley – Public speaker and independent computer security analyst
Neira Jones – Independent advisor & international speaker
Oliver Eckel – Chief Executive Officer of Cognosec
Mustafa Al-Bassam – Former Anonymous hacktivist
The panel discussions were run under Chatham house rules.
Key discussion points included
The panel were concerned about the new government proposals for changes to security encryption the general consensus being that there were a number of ethical and privacy issues raised by the proposals. This was backed up by the event attendee’s
The panel agreed that there was a general lack of understanding and due diligence in the supply chain that was leading to security issues. This backs up a number of recent reports on the lack of cyber security awareness within the SME sector.
Security breaches should be made public. Greater awareness within the public eye of hacking incidents will force business to improve security. The main issue stopping this is fear of reputation damage.
The next twelve months will see greater issues with mobile fraud and a move towards biometric type security.
During the discussions the event attendee’s where asked to contribute to an interactive opinion poll around various cyber security questions. Watch this space for an update on the results.
Following a round of Q&A canapés and drinks were served allowing attendee’s to network and enjoy the entire war room’s museum.
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