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"Rihanna Changed me Life"

IET EngTalks: Future Science

How did Rihanna change one man’s life?

In his talk Raj will tell the story of a young hacker that he met and how his life was changed by Rihanna. He will also discuss why young people become cyber offenders and how we could inspire them for positive actions instead!

Raj Samani, chief scientist at McAfee

“In 2018, we witnessed even greater collaboration among cyber-criminals through underground alliances. This collaborative mentality has allowed for efficiencies in underground technologies and tactics, and the evolution of bad actors into some of the most organized and agile adversaries in the world. However, while we expect the underground market collaboration to continue, the year 2019 will also see cyber-security alliances of defenders continuing to mature and further fortify defences.”

This talk focuses on the evolving challenges required to incorporate more cyber security professionals into our industry. What is the role of professional institutions like the IET and what can each of us be doing to help demonstrate what an incredible and challenging career awaits those willing to engage.

Who should attend?

  • Researchers (industry, academia)
  • Design Engineers
  • Systems Engineers
  • Technical Managers
  • Business Development Managers
  • Cyber security strategists
  • Suppliers of cyber security technology
  • IT / OT manufacturers
  • Regulatory and industry associations
  • IT / OT technology end-users
  • Teachers, students, school pupils

Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.


13 May 2019

6:00pm - 9:00pm

Add to Calendar 05/13/2019 18:00 05/13/2019 21:00 "Rihanna Changed me Life" This talk focuses on the evolving challenges required to incorporate more cyber security professionals into our industry. Savoy Pl, London WC2R 0BL, UK


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Raj Samani

Raj Samani

Chief Scientist, and McAfee Fellow - McAfee

Raj Samani is a computer security expert working as the Chief Scientist, and McAfee Fellow for cybersecurity firm McAfee. Raj has assisted multiple law enforcement agencies in cybercrime cases, and is special advisor to the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) in The Hague.

IET.tv and Olexander Hryb, Event Producer at the Institution of Engineering and Technology, met up with McAfee’s Chief Scientist, Raj Samani, to talk about security solutions, preventing the next WannaCry and why it’s childishly simple for an 11-year-old to buy stolen data on the dark net.

11-year-old children can launch a DDoS attack against your company for three dollars an hour

This IET.TV film, 10 ways to be cyber secure featuring Raj Samani provides a flavour of how insightful this speaker is.

Dr Maria Bada

Dr Maria Bada

Research Associate at the Cambridge Cybercrime Centre - Computer Laboratory of Cambridge University

Dr Maria Bada is a research associate at the Cambridge Cybercrime Centre, at the Computer Laboratory of Cambridge University, an interdisciplinary initiative combining expertise from computer science, criminology, and law.

Her research interests cover profiling of cybercriminals and the cybercrime ecosystem; studying the profiles, pathways and psychologies of cybercriminals and how they form their groups; research using qualitative methods of interviewing cybercriminals and experts in the field as well Law Enforcement.

Dr Bada is also interested in the human element of cybersecurity and human and computer interaction:

  1. Conducting research on the effectiveness of cybersecurity awareness campaigns trying to identify factors which potentially lead to failure of these in changing the information security behaviour of consumers and employees;
  2. Conducting research on cybersecurity awareness initiatives for school learners and the role of the school at enhancing cyber safety;
  3. The social and psychological impact of cyber-attacks and the aspects such as widespread anxiety and the social disruption caused to people’s daily lives.


IET London: Savoy Place

2 Savoy Place
United Kingdom

The London headquarters of the IET.






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