Conscription for the Cyber-War

Monday 15 March 2010

6pm for 6.30pm start

Room HC 021, Herbert Colins Building, Southampton Solent University, SO14 0RD | Directions and maps at

Joint with the BCS Hampshire Branch, Cybercrime Forensics Specialist Group and Southampton Solent University

This event is free, open to all. Please book through the BCS website, both for BCS members and non-members for arranging refreshments, and particularly as the numbers are limited.

The word ‘Cyber’ has been over used in recent years. In particular the notion of ‘Cyber-War’ has gained recognition and has become a focus for study and debate. But what is ‘Cyber-War’?  Are we over using the parallels between attacks on the Internet (which are happening with increasing frequency) and the physical reality of conventional war?

This presentation will consider how Cyber-War is beginning to make itself manifest and just how far the analogy with conventional war can reasonably be stretched. The types of attack which are being launched will be considered in the context of the wider notion of cybercrime.

Denis Edgar NevillDenis is Head of Department, Department of Computing at Canterbury Christ Church Computing. He has been teaching and researching in the area of Cybercrime since developing one of the first MSc courses in the UK in this area jointly validated with the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA). He is also Chair of the CFET (Cybercrime Forensics Education and Training) annual international conferences held since 2007. In 2008 he proposed to the BCS the formation of the BCS Cybercrime Forensics SG and was elected founding Chair in December 2008 (re-elected Chair at the AGM in September 2009). He has in excess of 150 publications in the areas of computer forensics, cybercrime, software quality, computing education and a range of other computing fields. He is an active member of the BCS having served on a number of different branch committees and the CEng committee in Scotland.

Presentation (PDF)