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Dorset BCS Meeting Fri 31st Oct

Discussion in 'Professional Associations' started by UKDarkstar, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. UKDarkstar
    Honorary Member

    UKDarkstar Terabyte Poster

    If anyone's interested and down this way, the meeting topic is :


    Date: Friday 31 Oct 2008
    Time: 19:00 for 19:30 - Tea and coffee available
    Speaker: EDWARD P. GIBSON FBCS, Chief cyber Security Adviser (CSA) - Microsoft Ltd
    Location: Coyne Lecture Theatre, Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

    Non-members are welcome, there is NO need to book.

    Please check our web site at http://www.dorset.bcs.org/ for any last-minute changes, and for information regarding forthcoming events

    Abstract: Despite the mutating threats of cyber attacks, online extortion, or spam, a well-structured information security strategy can safeguard your business and ensure that risks are managed with commitment and understanding. It can also help to reassure your customers, who in the UK (for example) according to a recent study now fear internet crime more than burglary, mugging or car theft. Yet, because the internet is not territorial or jurisdictionally bound, organized crime efforts to steal everything you hold dear by extortion, threats, intimidation - not in the bricks and mortar world but in the online world, our normal responses to 'attack' are not as effective. But there are solutions . . . and sometimes they are free. Ed Gibson will give you a peek inside his 'cyber life' utilizing anecdotes from his 20 year career with the FBI including the most recent 5 years when he was assigned as a Diplomat to the US Embassy London in charge of all the FBI's cyber investigations in the UK.


    Mr Gibson’s primary role as Chief cyber Security Adviser (CSA), is to serve as the senior advisor to Microsoft’s customers, partners, government elites, and the public on how to best respond to the current security environment - from internal leakage of intellectual property to best practices for online cyber security - and how to improve their security through Microsoft's solutions and services.

    As Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing (TWC) initiative continues, one of the key skills Mr Gibson brings to Microsoft is his ability to forge and maintain strategic alliances across public and private sector organisations in an international environment. He is the link between Microsoft and industry specialists, law enforcement, government and academia, facilitating the sharing of security knowledge between these groups.

    Ed’s experience and knowledge was gained through a 20-year career as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). During this period, he was a recognized expert in investigating international money laundering & fraud schemes, economic espionage, and intellectual property theft. From early 2000 - June 2005, Mr Gibson was assigned to the American Embassy in London where he served as the FBI's Assistant Legal Attaché in the UK and Ireland. During this period Gibson was responsible for all FBI hi-tech, Internet extortion, blackmail, cyber terrorism, intellectual property theft, crimes against children, and infrastructure protection investigations. His focus on how criminals exploit the internet and his investigative abilities have made him an ideal figurehead for Microsoft's efforts in secure computing.

    Before his appointment to the FBI, Mr Gibson served for five years as an in-house lawyer for a multi-national corporation based in the USA. He is a qualified Solicitor in England and Wales, has completed a 2-year computing program at Oxford University, serves on several technology association steering committees and advisory boards, and is a Fellow of the British Computer Society.

    Since taking on his role with Microsoft UK, Ed has lectured widely on cyber-threats, internet crime, social networks, and e-business. He is a sought after speaker given his ability to bring security to life and make it personal.

    I'll be going; anyone else from Dorset or surrounding counties ?
    Certifications: BA (Hons), MBCS, CITP, MInstLM, ITIL v3 Fdn, PTLLS, CELTA
    WIP: CMALT (about to submit), DTLLS (on hold until 2012)
  2. UKDarkstar
    Honorary Member

    UKDarkstar Terabyte Poster

    Well I went to this meeting last night.

    Mr Gibson was unfortunately delayed (good old SouthWest Trains ! - leaves on the line I expect :p )

    When he did arrive some 40 mins late we were treated to a fascinating insight into the world of cyber crime from this very unassuming quietly spoken American.

    There was an obvious undercurrent to the little anecdotes suggesting we were only hearing about the very tip of the iceberg and that a lot of it was probably not suited for the general public to hear about. Having said that Ed talked and answered our questions (including the more philosophical ones about where we should spend money on aspects of law enforcement) and over-ran his allotted time but no-one was itching to leave.

    It was a thoroughly entertaining evening and if you evre get the opportunity to hear this man speak then take it.

    A flavour of the man can be obtained form this short interview he did at InfoSec in London this year. Additionally, his LinkedIn profile is available here.

    Oh yes, and there's a book due out (next year) which will definitely be on my reading list !
    Certifications: BA (Hons), MBCS, CITP, MInstLM, ITIL v3 Fdn, PTLLS, CELTA
    WIP: CMALT (about to submit), DTLLS (on hold until 2012)
  3. Jiser

    Jiser Kilobyte Poster

    Ill get round to going to one of these one day!
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), PGc, MCTS:Win 7, MCSA W7/MCITP EDST, ITIL Foundation, Prince 2 Foundation, C&G: Web Design, MOS 07: Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Outlook.

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