Protecting Yourself from Cybercrime at the London 2012 Olympics

Tuesday 28 April 2009

6.00pm for 6.30pm to 8.00pm

Denis Edgar-Nevill FBCS CITP CEng, Chair of the BCS Cybercrime Forensics SG

Southampton Solent University, ground floor of the Herbert Collins Building, HC 029 Map

Joint with the BCS Hampshire Branch, BCS Cybercrime Forensics SG, Southampton Solent University

Cybercrime is everywhere. It exists at low-levels; people breaking copyright downloading music and films. It exists at high-levels; international fraud, terrorism, people-trafficking and facilitating a wide range of crimes. At all levels in between cybercrime has the potential to affect us.

Individually computers and the Internet can facilitate paedophile crimes, pornography, blackmail, harassment, bullying and identity theft. Collectively cybercrime increases our insurance premiums and makes a wide range of the products and services we buy even more expensive. It restricts our freedom. It’s a wonder we ever get to sleep at night!

Securing the London 2012 Olympics has been a major boost to our national pride and will have a long-lasting influence on sport in the UK. But should it also be something we protect ourselves from?

This presentation looked at the Olympic Games, its history and effect on its host country, and considered what makes it a target for criminals. What types of crime, in particular, should we be aware of? It is certainly true that wherever a large event attracts a worldwide audience and major investment, criminals are bound to be interested for the purposes of publicity and financial gain. Considerable resources are being committed to make the 2012 games secure but what should we, as individuals, be thinking about to protect ourselves?

What should we be thinking about in this regard? What is special about this event compared with any other type of event? Do we need to be concerned or are the Olympics just another television programme that will flash across our screens in a few years time?

Denis Edgar NevillDenis Edgar-Nevill FBCS CITP CEng - was elected as founding Chair of the BCS Cybercrime Forensics SG in December 2008 at its inaugural meeting. He holds the post of Head of the Department of Computing at Canterbury Christ Church University. He has been working in the area of Cybercrime Forensics since 2002 when he began working with the NPIA (National Policing Improvement Agency); the body responsible for specialist high tech crime training for the regional police forces and Home Office in the UK. This has led to a jointly validated MSc in Cybercrime Forensics with the NPIA in 2004 and a BSc Computer Forensics in 2007. He also chairs the annual international Cybercrime Forensics Education and Training conferences (CFET).

This event was free, open to all, and no booking was required.

View the presentation from the event (PDF - 2.1 kb)