Symposium on Cyber Security

31/12/2013 - 31/12/2014

project image

Aim and Scope of Symposium

This symposium aims to bring together knowledge from many different domains in order to create knowledge exchange and collaborative infrastructures, which address the key cyber risks that Scotland and the UK faces. Key focal points are:

  • Education and Training within Cyber Education.
  • Cybercrime Risks, Malware Analysis/Detection and Fraud.
  • Security Data Gathering and Analytics.
  • Cyber Risks, Resilience and Failover.
  • Governance, auditability and accountability in the Cloud.
  • Information Sharing across the Public and Private Sector.
  • Critical Infrastructure and First Response.
  • Real-time Analytics on Risks.
  • Risks to privacy and identity theft.

There will be a special focus on key areas such as the skills gap in cyber education, law enforcement training, and in the provision of a range of training infrastuctures. The work is supported within the DFET EU project, which aims to train security professionals in key areas of malware, fraud and related areas.

Programme Draft (subject to change)

Session 1: Threat Landscape (09:30 to 11:00)

  • Welcome and opening address, Professor Bill Buchanan, School of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University.
  • Tackling cybercrime in the UK, Andy Archibald, Head of the National Cyber Crime Unit, National Crime Agency (UK)
  • ISACA’s response to the threat:  what are the challenges, what are we doing, what can you do?  James Kwaan, ISACA
  • Cyber Security – Art or Engineering?, David Calder – Security Managing Director of ECS Security

11:00-11:30    Refreshments

Session 2: Cyber Education (11:30 to 13:00)

  • EDUFORS - a cloud-based platform for educational training in digital forensics, Professor Borka Jerman Blažič and Primoz Cigoj, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
  • The 2Centre network for cybercrime training in Europe, Cormac Callanan, CEO of Aconite Internet Solutions
  • Gamification / gaming science, Jason McClay, G2G3

13:00-14:00    Lunch

Session 3: Business Threats and Opportunities (14:00 to 15:00)

  • Is business listening to cyber risk? Mandy Haeburn-Little, Director, Scottish Business Resilience Centre
  • Evaluating cyber risk – why are we so bad at it?, Neil Anderson, Farrpoint

15:00-15:30    Refreshments

Session 4: Cyber Threats (16:00 to 17:30)

  • Policing priorities - the change from an analogue to a digital society, Detective Superintendent Steven Wilson, Specialist Crime Division, Police Scotland
  • The cyber risk landscape, Don Smith, Technology Director, Dell SecureWorks
  • Cyber attacks – the price of doing business in the digital world? David Ferbrache OBE, Special Advisor Cyber Security, KPMG (UK)
Symposium on Cyber Security is a Other Non Commercial Projects project funded by Industry. Carried out in collaboration with and others. For further information please refer to
[Read More]

Related Projects

next prev

Collaborators link icon

  • ECS
    Founded in 2008, ECS has quickly established itself as a fast growing IT consultancy and services company for enterprise clients. With a relentless focus on service quality and delivery that customers trust and depend upon, the company has experienced rapid and profitable growth year-on-year.
  • FarrPoint
  • G2G3
    G2G3 develops and licenses Simulation, Serious Gaming and Gamification technologies that drive learning, communications and benefit realization for enterprises. They have significant experience in developing and deploying contextual simulations for global enterprises, offering highly-interactive...
next prev

Areas of Expertise link icon

  • Cyber-Security
    Electronic information now plays a vital role in almost every aspect of our daily lives. So the need for a secure and trustworthy online infrastructure is more important than ever. without it, not only the growth of the internet but our personal interactions and the economy itself could be at risk.
next prev

Project Team

William Buchanan
Director of CDCS
+44 131 455 2759
Marian Dunbar
+44 131 455 2711
Bruce Ramsay
Senior Research Fellow
+44 131 455 2746
Helen Condie
(not currently an institute member)
Richard Macfarlane
+44 131 455 2335

Associated Publications