How criminals hack websites for financial gain (includes a hacking demonstration)

Monday 20 October 2014

5pm (networking), 5:30-7:30pm

British Airways, Waterside, Harmondsworth, UB7 OGB

Parking is available onsite in the Visitors Car park which is signposted upon arrival at British Airways Waterside. Alternatively transportation is also available from the following tube stations via the British Airways staff shuttle buses, which are clearly marked:
From Hatton Cross the BA Park & Ride bus leaves every 10 minutes and will take approximately 20-25 minutes to reach Waterside. From T5 the BA5 bus leaves at 17:07 and then every 15 minutes taking 5 minutes to reach Waterside.



This event will present a demonstration of how computer hackers operate and the methods they may use. This will be a practical demonstration on a mock test system which aims to show how easy it can be for hackers to achieve their goals. Following the demonstration, a presentation on the lessons learned will be given. The session will be rounded off with a panel discussion.


5.30 - 5.40 Introductions (Bryan Mills)

5.40 - 6.20 Hacking Demonstration of a Typical Commercial IT System (Dr John McCarthy and Adam Jeffries)
This will be a practical demonstration on a mock test system which aims to show how easy it can be for hackers to achieve their goals.

You will see all of the following live on screen and watch the attack unfold.

The demonstartion will cover:

  • The step by step procedures hackers could use to gain entry into your system
  • The software tools hackers may employ to breach your security
  • The damage that could be wrought upon your networks data

6.20 - 6.40 Lessons to be learned (Dr John McCarthy)
Presentation on the Lessons to be drawn.

6.40 - 7.30 Panel Discussion (Panel Chair Bryan Mills)
Panel Members: John McCarthy, Wayne Smith and Joanne Hodson


Dr John McCarthy Ph.D. B.Sc. (hons) MBCS
Vice President of Cyber Security ServiceTec International INC/ServiceTec

John has worked with ServiceTec since 2003 and currently holds the position of Vice President of Cybersecurity for the Airport CyberSec division. His responsibilities include the development and management of a complete set of cybersecurity services created specifically for the airport industry, as well as the deployment of those services at some of the world’s busiest airports. John is a world renowned authority on cybersecurity strategy, development and implementation. He holds a PhD in Cybersecurity and e-Business Development and is an internationally recognised author of a number of academic papers discussing all aspects of cybersecurity in the modern world.

Bryan Mills PhD MA (Cantab) FBCS ChE
Director Emeritus / Director Cybersecurity

Bryan Mills has a long history of managing IT service companies in the UK, the Netherlands and other European countries. At ServiceTec he plays a leading role in the creation of ServiceTec Airport Services International, after the Group focussed on the airport services market. He also led the investigation of new markets, culminating in the approach to the cybersecurity market.

Adam Jeffries B.Sc (hons)
Cyber Security Technician ServiceTec International INC

Adam is a technical researcher working closely with John McCarthy investigating cyber security issues in airports. He possess a high degree of technical expertise and is currently working on simulating multiple airport IT environments which can then be tested via multiple attack vectors.

Wayne Smith
Head of IT Services at Birmingham Airport

Wayne Smith has been Head of IT Services at Birmingham Airport since 2009, following his preceding 21 years working in the Airport industry. Wayne has gained a reputation for his willingness to adopt a professional and innovative approach. Whilst overhauling the majority of IT Operational Systems, the requirements for cyber security have become more prevalent and his involvement in this area has led to roles where he sits as an ACI representative on the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Cyber Study Group and works with UK national bodies and their partners to further awareness and understanding of this vital area.  He has a Master’s degree in Airport Management and is a Chartered IT Professional of the British Computer Society. He sees technology as the major factor in influencing operational efficiencies in airports and civil aviation.

Joanne Hodson
IS Manager Birmingham Airport

Having worked at Birmingham Airport for over 22 years, Joanne has seen many changes, both in her own role and the industry as a whole. Working as part of a small department means devising innovative solutions to deliver quality IS services to the organisation and other 3rd parties on-site. In her latest role working with the Head of IS, she determines the strategic direction of the IS Department. Her team supports the airport’s operational systems as well as managing the interface with the numerous 3rd party organisations. She also delivers the technical infrastructure across the multi-company site.

With key responsibility for information security, she is currently leading a project looking at opportunities for improving cyber and information security, using the ISO 27001 framework as best practice. She represents the Airport at a number of industry led forums.