As cyber security continues to make headlines for all the wrong reasons, speakers, panel sessions and training opportunities at Jisc’s 2022 security conference are designed to encourage everyone to help build strong defences.
Because cyber security is a collective responsibility, this year’s conference takes a holistic approach, bringing together a range of education sector and industry specialists.
The event will be a mix of live and virtual sessions, taking place 7-8 November at the ICC in Newport and entirely online on 9 November,
Keynote speakers include Alison Wakefield, professor of criminology and security studies at the University of West London, who will talk about the evolving threat landscape, business continuity planning and harnessing the current heightened awareness of cyber attacks.
Reflecting the sustained increase in ransomware attacks against the sector over the past couple of years, there are also sessions from professionals with first-hand experience.
Among them is Jonathan Wilson, executive head of IT at Milton Keynes College, who will describe the impact of attacks, the process of recovery and lessons learned.
Other speakers include:
- Tasha G, deputy director of cyber assessments at the NCSC; overview of the threat landscape and specifically what that means for Jisc members
- Dr Yulia Cherdantseva, senior lecturer at Cardiff University; Cyber Security Body of Knowledge (CyBOK), a professional development project
- Dr Matilda Rhode, head of cyber innovation and scouting, Airbus; AI for cyber security innovation
- Simon Palmer, director of IT and digital vision, Gower College Swansea; esports hacking
- Neil Cordell, head of cyber security, Swansea University; the university approach to cyber security using Jisc’s guide, 16 questions you need to ask to assess your cyber security posture
- Oliver Betts-Richard, cyber security analyst, University of Derby; engaging staff in information security awareness campaigns
- Clare Johnson, partnerships and outreach manager (digital and STEM), University of South Wales; tackling the cyber skills gap
Insight from Jisc
In addition, Jisc experts are running several sessions. Head of policy and strategy for the Janet network, Dr John Chapman, will reveal results of Jisc’s annual cyber security posture survey of members, while security director Henry Hughes will give a ‘state of the nation’ report.
Jisc ‘pen testers’ Ben Chapman and Paul Knee describe attack and defence of Active Directory using PowerShell, and head of information data and analytics, David Reeve, talks about building a strong foundation for data and information security.
Senior security analyst Joe Pitt covers intelligence sharing between Jisc and the NCSC, and head of protective services David Batho informs members about the range of key cyber services Jisc offers, especially those included as part of the Jisc subscription.
Tickets and programme
Each Jisc member organisation is entitled to one free in-person ticket, while access to online sessions on the third day is free for all, although attendees need to register.