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SSCS 2017

The 12th International Conference on System Safety and Cyber Security

30 October - 1 November 2017 | IET London: Savoy Place

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Conference programme

Tuesday 31 October 2017


Registration and refreshments


Chairman’s welcome and introduction

Chris Johnson, Professor and Head of Computing Science, University of Glasgow


Keynote addresses - The National Cyber Security Strategy – UK’s progress in defence and development to protect the nation’s critical digital infrastructure

Chris Hankin, Co-Director, Institute for Security Science and Technology


Refreshments and networking


Session 1 - Evolution of threats to the UK Critical National Infrastructure

  • Analysis of the rapidly diversifying threat to the UK Critical National Infrastructure
  • Outline of the key elements of basic cyber security best practice and why it is not being fully implemented leaving the UK vulnerable to attack
  • How cyber security should be considered throughout a building’s lifecycle and explains good practice, focusing on building-related systems and all connections to the wider cyber environment
  • Cyber vulnerability Investigation methodologies: The use of attack trees in assessing vulnerabilities in SCADA systems

Tony B, NCSC Operations Head of CNI Capability and ICS Tech Lead, NCSC
Steve Williams, Senior engineer, NATS
Nico Tillema, Principal Design Engineer, Thameslink Programme, Network Rail
Peter Hazell, IET Control and Automation Network, UK


Lunch and networking


Session 2 - Cyber security for defence 

  • The threat landscape across the cyber crime domain
  • The industrialisation of cyber-crime and proliferation of hacking technologies on the dark web market
  • Defending the UK cyber domain and UK cyber strategy
  • Intelligence based defence: Military operations vs intelligence collection vs law enforcement
  • How to develop and facilitate the exchange of cyber security information between public and private bodies
  • Best practices in policing cyber space: annual overview of most disruptive cyber-attacks and how could they be prevented in the near future

Air Commodore Bruce Wynn, Independent Cyber Consultant and Special Advisor (Cyber) to the City of London Police
Pearl Noble-Mallock, Head of Product Security, BAE SYSTEMS Naval Ships
Nigel Mackie, Head of Cyber Security and Intelligence, MASS, UK

Noel K Hannan, Cyber and Digital Innovation Lead, GoSecure


Refreshments and networking


Session 3 - Cyber security for industrial control systems and safety critical systems

  • Specifying the threat landscape specific to ICS
  • New HSE Guide for cyber security of ICS
  • Developing the technical measures that can be used to infiltrate networks and systems
  • Choosing the technical measures that can be used to defend your systems
  • Maturity of systems and software: if you can’t upgrade what are your short term options?
  • Legacy components: is it possible to retroactively apply up-to-date security controls?
  • Constructing safe and secure systems from untrusted components

Sarabjit Purewal, Head of Operations in the Chemicals sector of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Health and Safety Executive, UK
Rob Turner, Advanced Solutions Consultant, Yokogawa UK
Noel K Hannan, Cyber and Digital Innovation Lead, GoSecure, UK
Cevn Vibert, Cyber Security Evangelist / Director, Vibert Solutions
Michael H. Firstenberg, Director of Industrial Security, Waterfall Security Solutions, USA


Panel discussion - What are the key steps for implementing intelligence-driven cyber security strategy in context of current threat landscape?

  • Strategies in place for securing UK’s cyber security: working in collaboration with international organisations, government, military and critical infrastructure
  • Mitigating implications of the EU referendum in Britain on the UK Cyber Security Industry
  • How to run a decision making exercise building on concepts and methodologies used to manage cyber security crisis
  • How to facilitate user participation to minimise the impact of Phishing and Ransomware attacks

Air Commodore Bruce Wynn, Independent Cyber Consultant and Special Advisor (Cyber) to the City of London Police
Chris Hankin, Director of the Institute for Security Science and Technology and a Professor of Computing Science, Imperial College London
Alfred Rolington, CEO, Cyber Security Intelligence
Richard Piggin, Chairman, IET Cyber Security Network


Chairman’s final remarks and close


Networking drinks reception

Wednesday 1 November 2017


Registration and refreshments


Chairman’s welcome and introduction

Chris Johnson, Professor and Head of Computing Science, University of Glasgow


Keynote addresses - The Human Factor in Cybersecurity

Professor Pam Briggs, Department of Psychology, Northumbria University / Research Institute in the Science of Cybersecurity (RISCS), UK


Refreshments and networking


Session 4 - Human Factors: a series of unfortunate events? Exceptions and rules

This session will include a mixture of presentations drawing upon the practical experience and cover applied examples of good human factors practice, together with the underpinning theory. It will:

  • Inform you about the importance of human factors to safety, security and efficiency
  • Instruct in a basic toolkit of practical techniques for use in industrial applications
  • Indicate where additional information and resources are available
  • Inspire about what can be achieved with good human factors design

Malcolm James Cook, Principal Engineer, BAE Systems
Graham Edgar, Reader in Psychology, University of Gloucestershire
Catherine Menon, Department of Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Rob Alexander, Department of Computer Science, University of York, UK
Elizabeth Jacob, Safety Engineer, Atkins

Mike Shermon, Human Factors Consultant, Atkins


Lunch and networking


Keynote address - Developing safe and secure standards

Audrey Canning, MA, CEng, FIET, FRSA, MSaRS
Ron Bell, OBE, BSC, CENG, FIET, Co-Chairs of International Maintenance Teams dealing with Edition 3 of IEC 61508


Session 5 - Establishing intelligent and proactive combined safety and security standards

  • Cyber security regulations and standards in context of typical vulnerabilities of safety critical systems
  • Cyber security and enterprise risk management
  • Risk management in the supply chain (cyber essentials revisited)
  • The importance of working with partners across government and industry to share threat information and jointly respond to incidents
  • Creating a code of best practice for cyber security of safety critical systems

Andy German, Chief Engineer, Atkins Global / IET Functional Safety Network
Chris Leong, Tim Kelly, Rob Alexander, Computer Science Department, University of York, United Kingdom
Archana Rohan Kamat, Senior Security Consultant, IBM, India
Richard Piggin, Chairman, IET Cyber Security Network


Refreshments and networking


Session 6 - Developing security strategies for safety critical systems

The research of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) addresses the close interactions and feedback loop between cyber components such as sensing systems and dynamic physical components such as energy and mechanical systems.

Various emerging technical challenges such as the rapid increase of functionalities, the significant uncertainties and the stringent requirements on performance, safety, security, flexibility and reliability make CPS design increasingly complex.

This session aims to highlight the state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research addressing the above challenges from a system perspective that includes both cyber and physical aspects, with innovative contributions to theory and application.

Nick Tudor, Business Director, D-RisQ Ltd
Andrew Banks, Embedded Software Manager, FRAZER-NASH RESEARCH LTD / the Safety Critical Systems Club
Russell M Shipton, Group E&E Compliance and Functional Safety Manager, JCB Group Engineering
David Wallom, Associate Professor, Oxford eResearch Centre, University of Oxford


Chairman’s final remarks and close

Programme is correct at time of publication. Topics and speakers are subject to change.




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