Computing "Environment": It's more than Binary Code - It's About Criminals!!

Monday 9 June 2008

7pm (Finger Buffet 6.30pm)

Ed Gibson, FBCS; Chief Security Adviser for Microsoft Ltd, UK

Chilworth Manor Hotel Location details

Despite the mutating threats of cyber attacks, online extortion, or spam, a well-structured information security strategy can safeguard your business and ensure that risks are managed with commitment and understanding. It can also help to reassure your customers, who in the UK (for example) according to a recent study now fear internet crime more than burglary, mugging or car theft. Yet, because the internet is not territorial or jurisdictionally bound, organised crime efforts to steal everything you hold dear by extortion, threats, intimidation - not in the bricks and mortar world but in the online world, our normal responses to 'attack' are not as effective. But there are solutions... and sometimes they are free. Ed Gibson will give you a peek inside his 'cyber life' utilizing anecdotes from his 20 year career with the FBI including the most recent 5 years when he was assigned as a Diplomat to the US Embassy London in charge of all the FBI's cyber investigations in the UK.

Ed Gibson's primary role is to serve as the senior advisor to Microsoft's customers, partners, government elites, and the public on how to best respond to the current security environment - from internal leakage of intellectual property to best practices for online cyber security - and how to improve their security through Microsoft's solutions and services.

As Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing (TWC) initiative continues, one of the key skills Ed Gibson brings to Microsoft is his ability to forge and maintain strategic alliances across public and private sector organisations in an international environment. He is the link between Microsoft and industry specialists, law enforcement, government and academia, facilitating the sharing of security knowledge between these groups.

Ed's experience and knowledge was gained through a 20-year career as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). During this period, he was a recognised expert in investigating international money laundering & fraud schemes, economic espionage, and intellectual property theft. From early 2000 - June 2005, Mr Gibson was assigned to the American Embassy in London where he served as the FBI's Assistant Legal Attaché in the UK and Ireland. During this period Gibson was responsible for all FBI hi-tech, Internet extortion, blackmail, cyber terrorism, intellectual property theft, crimes against children, and infrastructure protection investigations. His focus on how criminals exploit the internet and his investigative abilities have made him an ideal figurehead for Microsoft's efforts in secure computing.

Before his appointment to the FBI, Ed Gibson served for five years as an in-house lawyer for a multi-national corporation based in the USA. He is a qualified Solicitor in England and Wales, has completed a 2-year computing program at Oxford University, serves on several technology association steering committees and advisory boards, and is a Fellow of BCS.

This event, as usual, is open to non-members (although non-BCS members cannot vote), is CPD assessed, free and requires no booking, but pre-registration if possible to, just with a subject line message, that you are coming would be appreciated, to assist with the refreshment arrangements.