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CS4CA Europe: Two days in London

CS4CA Europe: Two days in London

CS4CA Europe: Two days in London


Yards from the Tower of London, a proud symbol of national security for centuries, delegates gathered for this year’s Cyber Security for Critical Assets Europe Summit. Over coffee and pastries, there were conversations in Portuguese, Finnish, Slovenian, Italian, French, Russian and many more.

The weight of expectation on the speakers was heavy, and over two days, the lineup certainly delivered.

  • Mo Addhoud (SGN CISO) gave a very interesting keynote presentation on how he saw OT being controlled through the cloud
    John Patterson (Merck KGaA CISO) gave a case study on building a shared culture of risk acceptance across a whole organisation, and how those effects are best measured
  • Gavin Millard (EMEA Technical Director, Tenable) showed us why the huge annual compound growth rate in assets means that containers are the newest attack vector we should be taking seriously.
  • Alison Dyer (Director, Office of CISO, GSK), in a rare break from audit preparations, gave us an in-depth look at how a proper asset inventory is crucial to effective cyber security operations at GSK
  • Peter Yapp (Deputy Director Private Sector CNI, NCSC) broke down the first year of NCSC progress and gave an optimistic outlook for future public/private cooperation
  • Patrick McBride (Claroty CMO) showed us how network scanning need not be something process control engineers should worry about.

As Q&A sessions threatened to de-rail coffee breaks, conversations spilled out into the networking hall, where CTOs and product specialists were being grilled on the various merits of their products and how different solutions and approaches might be used to solve challenges faced by delegates. Plenty more carried on into snatched conversations over lunch, during the drinks reception and into the small hours in local bars and restaurants.

Asked what makes the CS4CA Summit Series special, Event Director Kudsia Kaker commented: /“I think what I’m most proud of is the community feel evident in the room. People come from a wide range of countries, backgrounds, organisations – yet they’re all facing common challenges. There’s a spirit of cooperation that makes knowledge sharing in this field such a wonderful thing to be part of.”/

We would love to have you join us at one of our Summits in 2018. We’ve got big plans for expansion into Germany, South Africa and China, and we’ll be taking CS4CA back to Houston and Dubai as well. Keep an eye on the ‘Upcoming Events’ section of our website for new developments – we look forward to seeing you at a QG event soon!

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