Infosecurity Europe: 10 interesting talking points

Just weeks after one of the largest global ransomware attacks in history, Infosecurity Europe returns for its 22nd installment.

Just weeks after one of the largest global ransomware attacks in history, Infosecurity Europe returns for its 22nd installment.

Just weeks after one of the largest global ransomware attacks in history, Infosecurity Europe returns for its 22nd installment. With cybersecurity at the forefront of public discussion, one thing is abundantly clear: the challenges security professionals face have never been more difficult. Ahead of the conference, we look at 10 key talking points.

1. Why trust anyone?

When: 7th June 2017, 10:00 – 10:50 – Keynote Stage

Known for his forthright style, UK journalist and broadcaster Jeremy Paxman takes no prisoners in the opening keynote speech of the conference.

His question is simple: in a time of fake news, cyberattacks and unprecedented government surveillance, can we trust anyone?

For an overview on certain matters of privacy, check out this informative piece on Snowden.

2. Achieving cyber-resilience

When: 6th June 2017, 12:40 – 13:05 – Strategy Talks

To become resilient to a problem, one must first understand the issue at hand. The big question examined here: why do organizations still struggle to deal with cyberattacks?

For more information on cyber-resilience, check out this guide.

3. The all-encompassing world of botnets

When: 6th June 2017, 12:00 – 12:25 – Tech Talks

Botnets have evolved significantly in recent years, with the Internet of Things (IoT) taking things a step further ­– now all devices connected to the web are vulnerable to, for example, powerful DDoS attacks. This talk delves deep into this murky world.

Curious about some of the baddest botnets seen? This feature lists nine of the worst.

4. Cybersafety should be simple

When: 6th June 2017, 10:00 – 10:15 – Cyber Innovation Showcase

For a small business with limited resources, a data breach could be terminal. Therefore, staying safe online is vital.

This talk argues that the key to this safety is keeping cybertechnology simple, as well as understanding the challenges out there.

Learn more about staying safe online here.

5. What can we learn from high-profile attacks?

When: 7th June 2017, 10:30 – 11:30 – Information Security Exchanges

There has been a lot of news as of late around high profile political hacks, and, globally, a theme appears to be emerging.

Find out how these high-profile hacks and attacks can actually help you protect yourself and business.

Learn more about WannaCryptor, one of the biggest attacks in 2017 here.

6. Are people the strongest link in security?

When: 7th June 2017, 10:40 – 11:05 – Strategy Talks

Is the key to information security genuine communication and understanding between users and security professionals?

This talk explores the idea that users are “the strongest link” in security, and not the weakest as many once suggested.

For more on information security, check out this guide.

7. What about app security?

When: 6th June 2017, 13:20 – 13:35 – Cyber Innovation Showcase

Most apps need to be constantly updated in order to remain secure. But with as many as 60,000 new apps are added to the App Store every month, just how secure is the latest must-have application?

For more on whether or not you can trust an app, check out this guide.

8. Is it time to get hands-on with cyberskills?

When: 6th June 2017, 10:50 – 11:05 – Cyber Innovation Showcase

Are security professionals properly equipped to deal with evolving threats? This talk argues that while certifications and qualifications may look good on paper, they are not delivering when it counts.

Real, hands-on skills are needed to protect corporate cyber infrastructure.

For more information on the cyberskills shortage, read on here.

9. Internet banking safeguards vulnerabilities

When: 6th June 2017, 10:00 – 10:45 – Intelligent Defence

At a time when both digital banking usage and cyberattacks are on the rise, internet banking security is more important than ever.

This talk discusses how the incorrect implementation of internet banking safeguards can leave such applications vulnerable, and looks at how such issues can be avoided.

For more on how to steer away from online banking trouble, see this feature.

10. Security in the real world

When: 6th June 2017, 10:00 – 10:50 – Keynote Stage

As the first female director of MI5, Dame Stella Rimington knows a thing or two about security.

What can counter-subversion, counter-espionage and counter-terrorism teach us about protecting ourselves online?

For more on cybercrime trends, this 2017 paper is a must read.


ESET is in attendance at this year’s Infosecurity Europe event. Check out what we’re up to here.

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