Student organises University’s second Cybersecurity Conference

Posted on 15th November 2017

Cyber-attacks, the motives and behaviours of cyber offenders, hidden cyber traffic – all of these topics and more will be explored at the University of Chester’s second Cybersecurity Conference.

Richard Bloxam-Rose, organiser of the Cybersecurity Conference
Richard Bloxam-Rose, organiser of the Cybersecurity Conference

For the second academic year running, Richard Bloxam-Rose, who is President (Technology) of the University’s STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) Society has arranged for a number of cybersecurity experts to speak at the event, which takes place at the Riverside Innovation Centre in Chester on Tuesday, November 28.

The guest speakers and topics include: 

 • Keynote speaker Damian Walton, Director, IntaForensics (Digital Forensic Services provider): Cyber Attack – a Clear and Present Danger and Demonstration.

National Crime Agency (NCA): NCA Cyber Crime Perspective (considering the motives and behaviour of cyber offenders, with the aim of ultimately deterring individuals from cybercrime).

Network and Cyber Security Specialist Darren Kewley from Protos Networks: The Cyber Security market for SMEs – disruption, simplification and opportunity.

James Kettle - Head of Research, PortSwigger Web Security (a global leader in the creation of software tools for security testing of web applications): Cracking the Lens: Targeting HTTPs Hidden Attack-Surface.

Dr Lee Speakman - Programme Leader, Cybersecurity, University of Chester: discussing the University’s Cybersecurity Programme.

Lucas O’Mahony, Visiting Lecturer, University of Chester, (BSc Cyber Security module leader in Digital Forensics; Lecturer in Ethical Hacking and Cyber Intelligence): Traffic Hiding in the Network.

The event will be opened by Paul Vernon, Executive Director of Commercial Operations at the University and CEO of Thornton Research Properties Ltd.

Organiser Richard Bloxam-Rose, who is a third year Cybersecurity undergraduate, said: “The first Cybersecurity Conference was such a huge success that we wanted to build on that this academic year. The aim of this event is to give students and guests an insight and awareness into different areas of Cybersecurity, hopefully encouraging the pursuit of careers in the sector. We also hope it builds professional working networking opportunities, and encourages future careers/ work placements.”

He added: “I think it’s testament to the success of the first conference that we have such a strong and varied group of speakers attending once again. I’d also like to thank the Faculty of Science and Engineering staff here at the University for their support and backing, as well as the Department of Computer Science. We are also grateful to our sponsors, the Riverside Innovation Centre and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). I would like to further express my gratitude, once again, to the brilliant speakers of our last conference. Without them, and the success that they helped build, we would not be hosting our second conference; which has already hit 50% of maximum attendance.”

Dr Lee Speakman, Programme Leader for the Cybersecurity BSc and MSc (Conversion) at the University of Chester, added: “As the Lead for Cybersecurity at the University, I am extremely pleased that we are hosting our second Cybersecurity Conference. Our final-year Cybersecurity student Richard Bloxam-Rose has taken the lead in organising this event, building on the Department’s close connections with industry, policing, and government, resulting in a variety of speakers for the night that I am looking forward to hearing. 

“We aim to hold this Conference regularly, not only for our students, but also for the wider interest across the region, including any companies or individuals who are interested in Cybersecurity, and whoever would like to take the opportunity to network. The Conference is also an opportunity for those interested in our Cybersecurity courses – especially our Master’s Conversion course – to come along and learn more, ask questions and meet the people involved.”

Everyone is welcome to attend the Conference, at the Riverside Innovation Centre, Chester on Tuesday, November 28 between 4.30pm and 9pm.The event is free, and free refreshments will be provided.

Bookings must be made in advance at: https://UoCCyberConference.eventbrite.co.uk