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Highlights from first day of Europe’s number one info security event

Highlights from first day of Europe’s number one info security event

Infosecurity Europe has welcomed Baroness Dido Harding, Chair of NHS Improvement, to present the show’s Opening Keynote on View from the Board: A CEO’s Perspective on Cybersecurity, drawing on seven years as the head of TalkTalk PLC during which she led the company through one of Britain’s most high-profile cyberattacks.

Baroness Harding said: “The digital world is a great thing but only if it is civilised. Transparency helps that civilisation and improves safety. Our generation is building the social, moral and legal scaffolding of the digital world. Both tech and commercial functions need to engage closely with each other and debate key issues openly in order to create the right rules and regulations, improve education and awareness, and develop the right culture for a strong digital world. CEOs need to spend quality time with their organisation’s brightest IT stars and learn what they are worried about. Cybersecurity is at the heart of this – it shouldn’t be all cloak and dagger, it should be a risk that is acknowledged and mitigated.”

Baroness Harding’s keynote kicked off an exciting programme of talks on the show’s keynote stage, including presentations from high-profile infosecurity experts, including Kevin Fielder, CISO at Just Eat; Emma Smith, Group Technology Security Director at Vodafone; Corey Scott, CISO at LinkedIn; and Mun Valiji, CISO at Sainsbury’s.

On the exhibition floor, ethical hacker, Freaky Clown, took his audience on the show’s new Geek Street Theatre on a light-hearted trip through the security failures that have enabled him over the years to circumvent security of the world’s largest banks in his talk; Security is an Illusion: How I Rob Banks.

Experts at the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Summit offered tips on how to protect organisations against the potential risks posed by cloud computing and visitors to the immersive-learning Geek Street zone were given the opportunity to turn their cybersecurity skills to old-fashioned lock picking.