5-6 November 2019
This year’s theme "discovering the next generation of cyber security, together" will explore emerging trends and threats we face as a community.
The two-day conference is our opportunity as network and security professionals in UK higher education, further education and research to network with peers, share best practice and address common challenges we all face together.
The core streams this year's event will cover include:
- Business continuity and disaster recovery
- Threat intelligence
What can you look forward to?
- Day one: national and regional experts will present on a spectrum of high level security topics across the five core themes
- Day two: a safe space where you can engage in frank and open conversations. Expect debate and discussion on controversial topics, secure in the knowledge that all information released will be kept confidentially and within the confines of the conference. It is very much a closed, exclusive experience. For this reason, exhibitors are not able to attend day two
- Additional training opportunities: on Monday 4 November we're running two training courses in Newcastle so you can make the most of your stay - hands-on incident response training and penetration testing - think like a hacker. Once you've booked your security conference ticket, you will receive a 10% discount code for these.
Do you have a story to share?
If you've attended the security conference before, you know how useful it can be to hear real-life stories and case studies from your peers in technical roles. That way, the whole security community benefits. But, those stories can only happen if people step forward.
Why is it important for further education institutions to attend?
Cyber security is a real, everyday threat. Here's what FE delegates from last year's event found particularly useful:
- What happens if cyber security is not taken seriously and how leadership from the very top promotes ownership throughout the college. Dr Ken Thomson, principal and chief executive, Forth Valley College gave some “what if” scenarios, speaking from the heart about issues that affect his, and other, colleges. View Dr Ken’s slides
- How internal penetration tests are important, even if they make you feel uneasy. Leia Mills from Activate Learning spoke about their work with Jisc that helped them learn their vulnerabilities in a collaborative environment
- The importance of DDoS mitigation – Liam Downey, IT operations manager at Belfast Metropolitan College learned about the key benefits of the service by attending the conference and speaking to peers and Jisc staff. Read more about Belfast Met’s DDoS story