Big Data in Cyber Security conference preview

Delegates urged to 'Think Like The Bad Guy'

Date posted

6 May 2016


POLICE Scotland, Europol and a raft of leading digital security companies are teaming up in Edinburgh to crack computer crime.

More than 350 delegates from industry, academia and law enforcement have signed up for the international Big Data in Cyber Security conference at Edinburgh Napier University on Tuesday.

Cyber AcademySpeakers include Detective Inspector Eamonn Keane of Police Scotland’s Cyber Crime Unit, Hewlett Packard Enterprise security strategist Tim Grieveson and Steve Livingston of security operations at Lloyds Banking. 

Big business is increasingly coming under threat from criminals who use hacking software to steal money, data and intellectual property.

Many organisations have responded by moving towards the integration of SIEM (Security Information and Event Management) software to detect malicious activity, and the May 10 conference will share insights and expertise on how to combat security challenges.

Hosted at the Craiglockhart campus by Edinburgh Napier’s Cyber Academy in collaboration with Hewlett Packard Enterprise, the event will showcase best practice in industry and in analysis and investigation of network threats.

It will examine high-profile security breaches and their impact, and consider how to develop effective incident response systems.

The conference’s keynote address will come from Tim Grieveson, Chief Cyber & Security Strategist for Security Products with Hewlett Packard Enterprise, who will encourage delegates to “think like the bad guy” in his presentation “Industry Trends and Disrupting the Adversary”. 

Hewlett Packard EnterpriseMr Grieveson said: “Cybercriminals today are both sophisticated and organised, and have built an ecosystem that looks like any other traditional business. 

“In order to protect from the bad guys, organisations need to start viewing attackers as not just adversaries, but competitors in the market. 

“One of the best methods of doing this is to understand how they think, what techniques they use and what vulnerabilities they typically exploit to steal critical business assets.”

Other speakers include Steven Wilson, head of business at Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre EC3, who has a wealth of experience across many areas of crime gleaned from 30 years as a police officer, and ZoneFox chief executive Dr Jamie Graves, an expert in digital forensics.

The Edinburgh Napier-led Cyber Academy, launched a year ago, integrates with EU-backed moves to build an infrastructure for cyber security training and create new techniques to support the authorities.

The Academy is continually expanding, with companies collaborating with it through event sponsorship, PhD studentships, lab sponsorship and research funding.

Professor Bill Buchanan, who leads the Academy, said: “Our focus is on collaboration and to share ideas on the usage of data to detect and investigate security incidents.

“We are looking to build real-life IT infrastructures where students and security professionals can train on the latest threats, but in a safe and controlled environment.

“Our collaboration with international leaders such as HPE, RSA and F5, along with innovative Scottish companies such as ZoneFox and Hutchinson Networks, shows the potential of training the next generation of Cyber Security specialists."