Cybersecurity in the Age of the Everynet

Tuesday 9 May 2017

6:00pm - Registration & buffet
6:30pm - Presentation
7:30pm - Networking Session

BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps

Free to attend for BCS, ISACA or IIA Members; £12.50 (+VAT @ 20%) for Non-Members.
Bookings after 1st May 2017 are not guaranteed for dietary requirements specified.

Speaker: Bill Harpley, Founder of Astius Technology

Event Details:

This talks explains how the paradigm of the ‘Internet of Things’ lies on an historical continuum which begins with the ‘The Age of the Ethernet’ in 1980 and evolves towards ‘The Age of the Mindnet’, two decades hence. Each of these networked technological ages has been accompanied by a growth of bandwidth, processing power and distributed intelligence. Understanding this passage of evolution is crucial to planning the kind of cybersecurity regime we will need in the future.

The author will explore why current approaches to cybersecurity are inadequate for dealing with a hyperconnected world in which billions of ‘things’ will be connected to the Internet.

The presentation will then discuss some promising approaches which may help us to adapt to the imminent ‘Age of the Everynet’. Examples will include:

  • Emerging frameworks for managing Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Integration between Blockchain and IoT
  • Using Big Data to identify and manage security threats (e.g. Apache Metron)
  • Biohacking

The talk will conclude with a brief discuss of why Quantum computing throws a dark shadow over our future attempts to secure cyberspace.

Speaker Profile:

Bill Harpley has more than three decades of experience in Electronics, IT and Mobile Telecoms.

He has worked as a consultant for many blue-chip telco companies in both the UK and continental Europe.

He first became interested in Information Security way back in 1994. At that time, his concerns for the lack of security on the early commercial Internet led him to submit an MSC dissertation to the Open University in 1996 . Entitled Security Needs of Commercial Internet Sites: a risk management approach , it described and anticipated many of the ideas which have since become mainstream thinking in IT Security.

Always visionary and forward looking, Bill is very active on the Brighton tech scene. He is the founder of Astius Technology, which provides training and consultancy in IoT, Blockchain, Wireless Data and - in due course - 5G networks.

Bill is also the organiser of the very popular Brighton IoT Forum meetup group, which has 700+ members. He works closely with organisations such as Brighton Digital Catapult to raise awareness of emerging technologies among businesses in the Sussex area.

You can find Bill on LinkedIn

CPD Credits:
This event counts for two hours towards your CPD. More information available at

Event Recording:
Whenever possible events will be recorded and loaded onto the BCS website and the BCS Panopto channel ( for subsequent viewing by IRMA members and the general public, in order to meet the Institute’s Royal Charter commitments.

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