BCS Wilts YPG Security Career Day

Padlock on a laptop In this highly connected modern world, we face increasing risks to our information and systems due to both external threats and poor design and mismanagement internally. As our lives depend on such systems more and more a lack of appropriate secure design and implementation can potentially cause serious disruption and in some cases even endanger lives.

Information security attempts to address these concerns and has emerged as a serious profession in recent years. The term refers to a wide variety of challenging roles connected with network security, secure programming and implementation, risk management, information assurance and forensic computing in a diverse range of industries such as health, transport, finance, government and defence.

The Wiltshire Branch of the BCS is organising a career day with an 'information security' theme. The event is aimed at young and early career professionals who are new to this field. Interested students who wish to know more about the training opportunities available and want to develop further in this field are also welcome.

The event will be held on a Saturday and provides an excellent opportunity for career guidance and professional networking. Information about relevant academic degrees and professional training by the regional universities and training providers will also be available.


10.45 - 11.15 (Registration & welcome)

11.15 - 12.15 Debi Ashenden

12.15 - 13.30 (Lunch & networking)

13.30 - 14.30 Alex Lucas

14.30 - 15.30 (Drinks & networking)

15.30 - 16.30 Will Deane


Speaker 1:
Debi Ashenden, senior research fellow, Cranfield University UK

Debi is a senior research fellow within the Defence College of Management and Technology at Cranfield University. Previously, she was a managing consultant within QinetiQ's Trusted Information Management Department. She has an MA in Victorian literature from the University of Leicester and an MSc in computer science from the University of Birmingham.

She is chair of the BCS working party on information assurance. Her current research examines security awareness programmes using discourse analysis. Specialising in information assurance in general, and risk assessment in particular, other specific areas of research include building trust for information sharing and governance processes for information assurance.

Debi has worked extensively across government, defence and the finance sector as a consultant and her work concentrates on understanding the role of individuals in ensuring that security risks are mitigated. She has co-authored a book for Butterworth Heinemann 'Risk Management for Computer Security: Protecting Your Network & Information Assets'.
Speaker 2:
Alexander Lucas, principal security development lead, Microsoft UK

Alex works for Microsoft where he has been for over three years, and has previously spent five and a half years at GCHQ. He has studied computer science at the University of Southampton. Currently working on the Secure Windows Initiative (SWI), Alex will talk about his personal motivations to get into security and also about some of the larger initiatives by Microsoft for 'fixing' their products.

Speaker 3:
Will Deane, chief technology officer, Regency IT Consulting UK

Will works for Regency IT Consulting, a company specialising in providing high quality information assurance consultancy and managed security services predominantly to UK government departments. In addition to working as a CLAS (CESG Listed Advisor Scheme) consultant specialising in the technical aspects of Information Security, he is also responsible for the development of the managed security services offered by Regency including protective monitoring and managed encryption services.

His main areas of interest include internet and network security, security architecture design, protective monitoring, intrusion detection, incident response and cryptography. Prior to joining Regency he worked for an international telecommunication provider where he worked as a senior security engineer within a government secure hosting department and before that he worked as an independent IT consultant. Will has recently completed his studies for an MSc in information security at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Date: 7th February 2009

Venue: Phoenix Theatre, New College Swindon
New College Drive, Swindon, SN3 1AH

Free parking available at the college. Phoenix Theatre is on the right as you enter the main building.

Registration: For further details please contact siraj.shaikh@wiltshirebcs.org

October 2008

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