UK Cyber Security Council Hosts International Women’s Day Event To Celebrate Vital Role Women Play In The Sector

Ahead of International Women’s Day (8th March), The UK Cyber Security Council has revealed how a more diverse workforce can plug the cyber industry’s skills gap and bolster the UK’s resilience against online threats.

With an ambition to ensure the UK becomes the safest place to live and work online, the UK Cyber Security Council has partnered with Women in Cyber Security (WiCyS UK) for an event on 8th March 2022. 

Exploring sector diversity and barriers to entry, the virtual sessions will hear from high-profile individuals working within cyber, which aims to inspire current practitioners and educate potential entrants to the industry.

The event will be chaired by Laura Wellstead (WiCyS), with keynote talks given by thought leaders from across the industry, including Dr Claudia Natanson (Chair, UK Cyber Security Council), Lindy Cameron (CEO, NCSC) and Angelique Faye Loe (Head of Cryptography, Jaguar Land Rover). 

Although the UK’s cyber sector employs an estimated 52,700 individuals, diversity has been identified as a key area of growth as the sector tackles increased cyber risks. An estimated 16 percent of the workforce are women, 17 percent come from ethnically diverse backgrounds, and just 9 percent self-describe as being neurodiverse.

According to the UK Cyber Security Council, the importance of the sector is growing exponentially in line with our increasingly connected and digital lives, however increased demand has also created a skills gap. The Council believes overcoming barriers to entry and a push for greater diversity is a pivotal issue for the sector which, if overlooked, could leave the country more vulnerable to future cyber-attacks.

The UK Cyber Security Council’s CEO, Simon Hepburn, said: “One of the government’s key aims is to establish the UK as one of the safest places to live and do business online and to do that, the Council will work to bridge the industry’s skills gap.

An intrinsic element for that ambition will be for the Council to help remove barriers for entry, helping individuals across a broad range of demographics and backgrounds to recognise just how rewarding a career in the sector can be.”

Despite contributing £5.3 billion in GVA to the UK economy, there is an annual reported shortfall of 10,000 practitioners within the industry, and half of businesses in the UK report a basic skills gap when it comes to cyber, despite the increasing importance of digital resilience to counter threats.

Dr. Claudia Natanson, The UK Cyber Security Council’s Chair, said: “We want the sector to be truly representative of all sections of society, and for every employee, contractor or supplier to feel acknowledged, respected and able to be their best”.

Dr Claudia Natanson (Chair, UK Cyber Security Council)

Ethics aside, it also makes for a compelling business argument. According to a recent study by Cleverpop, more gender-diverse teams make better business decisions due to fresh perspectives being brought to the table.

In addition to worsening the sector’s skills gap, a less diverse workforce can stifle innovation and can lead to intrinsic biases within organisations, which cyber criminals can, and will, take full advantage of.

The sector has a long way to go to achieve gender parity, but we’re excited to be partnering with WiCyS for this event to take initial steps to overcome the problems. It’ll be a great session for people to engage with each other, learn more about routes into the profession, career development opportunities and best practice in this exciting industry.

Formed as the voice of the UK’s cyber security profession, the Council provides broad representation for the industry and promotes excellence across the profession. In accordance with the UK government’s National Cyber Security Strategy, its role is to develop, promote and align professional standards, and encourage progression along cyber security career paths.

For more information on the UK Cyber Security Council, please visit:https://www.ukcybersecuritycouncil.org.uk/events

And to sign up to the International Women’s Day event, please visit:
https://hopin.com/events/uk-cyber-security-council-iwd

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TIGERBOND DECODES BRIEF TO BRING UK CYBER SECURITY COUNCIL ON BOARD

The UK Cyber Security Council has appointed tigerbond as its lead agency to devise a structured PR and marketing programme to raise awareness of its aims.

The Council, which became operational in 2021, was formed as the voice of the UK’s cyber security profession. Its role is to develop, promote and align professional standards, and encourage progression along cyber security career paths, in accordance with the UK government’s National Cyber Security Strategy.

Following a competitive tender process, the UK Cyber Security Council has chosen tigerbond on an initial three month contract, with an option for a further 12 months as it enters a new funding cycle.

Simon Hepburn, chief executive of the UK Cyber Security Council, said: “From online shopping to banking, cyber security plays an intrinsic role in our increasingly digital personal and professional lives. We want the Council to be leading the charge at the forefront of the rapidly growing cyber security sector.

“Our objective is to develop and promote the highest professional and ethical standards across the profession to ensure the UK becomes the safest place to live and work online, and for that we need support from an agency partner. “According to a recent DCMS report, the sector is rapidly expanding and employs 52,700 individuals and contributes around £5.3 billion GVA to the UK economy, a 33% increase on the previous year. Comparatively, that’s roughly half the size of the GVA added by the UK’s agricultural industry – but not enough people know the scale of the sector or the rapid growth that’s still to come.

“Our tender process was extremely competitive and the standard of submissions we received was very high, but tigerbond stood out. Tigerbond will support by engaging with the cyber security sector and those seeking to enter it, alongside government, industry and academia, with the combined aim of developing and promoting UK cyber security excellence globally and growing the UK’s skills base.”

Tigerbond has long-standing experience of working with membership organisations and trade bodies, and will support the Council with increased awareness and positioning. The comms activity for the Council will seek to raise awareness of its purpose, vision and mission, whilst positioning it at the forefront of an inclusive and diverse cyber industry.
This will include refining the organisation’s messaging in order to reach and engage with key stakeholders including existing sector organisations and professionals, the public sector, and those in education or currently working in other sectors who may consider a career in cyber security.

Chris Gilmour, co-founder at tigerbond, said: “It was evident early in the tendering process just how significant the UK Cyber Security Council’s role will be in providing stewardship for this rapidly expanding and increasingly vital sector, and we were inspired to assist in this journey.

“The team’s experience working across public and private sector, trade bodies and membership organisations has put us in good stead for delivering impact. We can’t wait to kick off our campaigns this year and generate some strong results for Simon and his team.”

Headquartered in London, tigerbond’s office network includes Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds, Belfast and four cities across Canada. It delivers the full mix of integrated communications services from PR and social to digital, design, branding and web. It was recently named as one of PR Week’s top 12 agencies to watch in the UK in 2022. For more information on tigerbond, please visit:https://www.tigerbond.com/  and to learn more about the UK Cyber Security Council, visit:https://www.ukcybersecuritycouncil.org.uk/ 

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Simon Hepburn Is The New Permanent CEO appointed to lead the UK Cyber Security Council

The UK Cyber Security Council – the charitable, self-regulatory body for the cyber security education and skills sector – today announced the appointment of Simon Hepburn, a charity and education executive with over twenty years’ experience in a variety of national and international organisations, as its chief executive.

Hepburn has previously been chief executive of a charity and founded two others, and has held director positions with a variety of charities, academy trusts and businesses. He was also a Trustee Board member of ACEVO (Association for Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations) and has also sat on the BBC Charities Advisory Board.

“Simon Hepburn’s record is one of delivering at the sharp end of education and careers, for charitable organisations like the Council,” said Dr. Claudia Natanson, chair of the Board of Trustees of the UK Cyber Security Council. “The Council may well be the voice for the profession, but it is absolutely intended to be a ‘doing’ organisation rather than just a ‘talking’ organisation, so this attribute made him an excellent candidate for CEO; we welcome his passion and energy and look forward to him driving the organisation forwards.”

“I make no secret of my passion for supporting people and organisations to reach their full potential and make a positive contribution to society – it has been at the heart of my career to date. I intend to bring the full weight of that knowledge and experience to bear on the activities of the Council, benefiting the cyber security profession,” said Simon Hepburn, CEO of the UK Cyber Security Council. I’m excited by the opportunity to work with one of the most critical sectors in our country, delivering education and skills support and resources to organisations and the professionals that are essential to the safe, secure and prosperous operation of the UK economy.”

Hepburn’s other career roles include:

  • Founder of Black Star Inc., advising on diversity and inclusion, leadership and management, people and change, strategy and organisation development, careers and employability
  • UK Director at international social action charity City Year UK, leading on school partnerships, programme design and delivery, leadership programme development, mentor experience and programme impact
  • Director of Education and Policy at ed-tech company U-Explore Ltd, supporting schools, colleges, local authorities and businesses on careers and employability programme development and partnerships
  • Director of Pathways and Partnerships for Academies Enterprise Trust Careers, leading on the development of the Championing Careers Guidance Programme working in partnership with the Greater London Authority (GLA)

Simon Hepburn succeeds Don MacIntyre, who was appointed as interim CEO by the Board of Trustees in January 2021 during the Council’s formation.

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University of Warwick Wins Veracode’s First-Ever Hacker Games

Next Generation of Developers Establish Secure Coding Skills Through Two-Week Competition

BURLINGTON, Mass. – March 31, 2021 – Veracode, the largest global provider of application security testing (AST) solutions, announced today the winner of its first-ever Hacker Games competition, which challenged students to hack and patch real-life apps online. WMG Cyber Security Centre at the University of Warwick was crowned the winner and awarded a $10,000 charitable donation after successfully completing 1,854 challenges over the course of two weeks, while Tufts University took second place and a $5,000 donation. In addition, each individual player from the winning teams and overall top scorers won prize money.

Professor Tim Watson, Director of the WMG Cyber Security Centre at the University of Warwick, said, “The Hacker Games were a fantastic way to promote secure software development and provided our students with a highly challenging experience. The labs are tremendous resources and we will be encouraging our students to take advantage of them to further their skills and experience. We are very grateful to Veracode for creating such a wonderful environment and competition.”

Setting Future Software Developers Up for Success

By empowering the next generation of software developers to write secure code, the Veracode Hacker Games aim to help plug the cybersecurity skills gap. The two-week collegiate competition saw nearly 90 computer science and cybersecurity students from leading universities across the U.S. and U.K. complete hands-on challenges in Veracode Security Labs. Altogether, participants solved a total of 8,500 labs and accumulated nearly 100,000 points.

Chris Wysopal, Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Veracode, said: “The cybersecurity skills gap is proving costly to corporations worldwide. The Hacker Games are a way for us to demonstrate the importance of secure coding to the next generation of software developers. The passion, competitive spirit and commitment from each participating university was impressive and we’re excited to work with each of these schools to make software security a more regular part of their curriculum.”

All participating universities in the Hacker Games will be given complimentary Veracode software for a year. For more information about the universities and teams, visit www.hackergames.io.

About Veracode

Veracode is the leading independent AppSec partner for creating secure software, reducing the risk of security breach, and increasing security and development teams’ productivity. As a result, companies using Veracode can move their business, and the world, forward. With its combination of process automation, integrations, speed, and responsiveness, Veracode helps companies get accurate and reliable results to focus their efforts on fixing, not just finding, potential vulnerabilities. 

Veracode serves 2,500 customers worldwide across a wide range of industries. The Veracode solution has assessed more than 25 trillion lines of code and helped companies fix more than 59 million security flaws. Learn more at www.veracode.com, on the Veracode blog, and on Twitter.

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UK Cyber Security Council Begins As Independent Body

The Cyber Security Alliance-led Formation Project has created an umbrella body that will grow to champion cyber security education, training and skills

LONDON – March 31st 2021 – The UK Cyber Security Council – the self-regulatory body for the cyber security education and skills sector – today announced that the Formation Project to create the Council has completed, allowing the Government-mandated Council to officially become an independent entity, fully and only accountable to its Trustees.

The Council will champion the cyber security profession across the UK, providing broad representation for the industry, accelerating awareness and promoting excellence in the profession. It will do this by delivering thought leadership, career tools and education resources to the cyber security sector and those seeking a career in the industry, alongside helping influence government, industry and academia with the aim of developing and promoting UK cyber security excellence globally and growing the skills base.

Dr Claudia Natanson, chair of the Council’s Board of Trustees, said: “The Formation Project has put down solid foundations on which the Council can build, and that is what the Council is able to, and will do, from today. The next few months will be especially busy; we are now able to hire and start work on gaining traction and momentum across and beyond the profession. We’ll also be engaging with Government to ensure the delivery of the standards and governance needed to ensure a strong cyber security profession now and in the future. The trustees assure all those involved in the Council to date of our maximum efforts to take their work forward.”

Near-term tasks for the Council include:

  • the appointment of a permanent leadership team, who will work with the Board of Trustees to establish the Council as a leader in the profession, influencing its standing and reputation within the UK and globally; and
  • the recruitment of personnel to take forward the work of the Formation Project on elements of the Council’s remit, including recognition for cyber security practitioners, professional ethics, diversity and inclusivity in the profession and thought leadership

Dr Natanson also thanked the Cyber Security Alliance and the member organisations that supported the Formation Project. “For twenty months, scores of volunteers from the 16 forward-thinking organisations of the Cyber Security Alliance have devoted countless hours to getting the Council to this date. We cannot thank them enough, because without them there would be no Council. In the teeth of a pandemic, to reach this date with the Council on schedule is remarkable,” she said.

Dr Budgie Dhanda, managing director of 3BDA and co-chair of UK Cyber Security Council Formation Project, said: “The volunteers from the members of the Cyber Security Alliance have put heart and soul into the Formation Project, and the members of the Alliance itself have supported their staff all the way. We’re all very proud of what we’re handing over today and look forward to its evolution into a fully functioning, effective Council to represent our profession through the changes ahead.”

Dr Bill Mitchell OBE, chair of the Cyber Security Alliance, “Today marks a significant milestone for the many people who are today and will be in the future handed the enormously important task of protecting the United Kingdom and its economy from cyber threats that undermine the foundations of modern society.  Handing over the Council to its trustees is the culmination of over four years of commitment to a shared vision and shared values of public benefit from 16 organisations that came together in recognition of the breadth of skills and disciplines that go into this task. Now a new profession for the UK can be officially recognised and supported. The Alliance remains fully committed to supporting the new Council and ensuring it succeeds at the pace and with the reach the UK needs as we recover from the pandemic and find our place outside the EU.”

The Council has been invited by the NCSC to participate at CYBERUK, the UK government’s flagship cyber security conference in May. It will outline some initial plans at the event.

History of the Council to date

  • In November 2016, the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021 set out “the UK Government’s plan to make Britain secure and resilient in cyberspace”.
    It included ambitions to develop and accredit the cyber security profession by: “…reinforcing the recognised body of cyber security excellence within the industry and providing a focal point which can advise, shape and inform national policy.”
  • In December 2018, the Government’s Initial National Cyber Security Skills Strategy policy paper specifically prescribed a new, independent body: the UK Cyber Security Council.
    The policy stated that: “Our ambition is for there to be a new, independent UK Cyber Security Council that will embolden the profession to structure and develop itself in a way that meets current and future demands. The Council will be charged with the development of a framework that speaks across the different specialisms, setting out a comprehensive alignment of career pathways, including the certifications and qualifications required within certain levels. The Council will lay the structural foundations of the cyber security profession that will enable it to respond to the evolving needs of industry and the wider economy.”
  • In August 2019, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) appointed the Cyber Security Alliance following a competitive tender process, with the  Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)serving as the lead organisation, to design and deliver the UK Cyber Security Council.

The Cyber Security Alliance
The Cyber Security Alliance brings together a range of established knowledge and disciplines, each of which currently has a leadership role in underpinning UK expertise in the digital environment.  With an overall aim to provide clarity around the skills, competences and career pathways within this fast-moving area of cyber security, the initial objective is to support commitments expressed within the UK National Cyber Security Strategy, including the stated intent to recognise professionals through Chartered status. Members include:

About the UK Cyber Security Council
The UK Cyber Security Council is the regulatory body, and voice, for UK cyber security education, training and skills. It drives progress towards meeting the key challenges the profession faces and develops, promotes and stewards nationally recognised standards for cyber security qualification and learning. The Council, working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the UK’s national technical authority for cyber security, supports the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy to make the UK the safest place to live and work online.

The establishment of the Council by the Cyber Security Alliance consortium of cyber security professional bodies was commissioned by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in September 2019.

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British Army Digital Forensic Specialists Win Two Top International Awards

A British Army Sergeant and digital forensics expert and a forensics team from the British Army’s Royal Military Police (RMP) have proved they are the best in their field, having won two top awards the International Digital Investigation Awards 2020. The IDIA celebrates innovative action by law enforcement agencies from around the world.

The virtual ceremony hosted nominations from world renowned organisations including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Metropolitan Police in categories including digital forensic techniques, collaborative investigation and digital investigator of the year, to name a few.

Use of Advanced Digital Forensic Techniques Award

Sergeant James Stubbs, of the Service Police Cyber Crime Centre (SP3C) scooped the Exceptional Use of Advanced Digital Forensic Techniques Award, beating other highly skilled specialists and team finalists from the Metropolitan Police Service Cybercrime Unit and Leicestershire Police’s Digital Media Intelligence unit.

On receiving the award, Sgt Stubbs said: “I’m delighted to have been nominated and to have won the award for what was a challenging and rewarding investigation. Details of the techniques I used have been requested by INTERPOL Cyber Crime, raising SP3C’s profile internationally.

“I am also proud of SP3C, SPCB, FIIU and FIB for receiving the award for Collaborative Investigation, both awards have provided positive exposure of the Service Police and its efforts to our international counterparts,” he said.

Sgt Stubbs was nominated for his ground-breaking work and carrying out digital forensic investigations to support a US Service Police CID investigation into a sudden death in Iraq in 2019. He was able to retrieve the data from the deceased’s very damaged fitness watch, despite the fact that there was no forensic support for this type of device at the time.

RMP digital forensic investigator at work.

This was of immense importance for the investigation, meaning that time and place of death could be established, enabling the investigators to determine whether any criminal activity had occurred.

More broadly, Sgt Stubbs’s work will also benefit the wider law enforcement community as his work has significantly enhanced understanding of how to forensically analyse such devices, so could be used in future cases to determine time of death and posthumous movements in sudden death or murder cases.

Team Collaborative Award

The RMP Specialist Operations Regiment was recognised in the Team Collaborative Award for their work alongside members of the Royal Navy Police Special Investigation Branch (RNP SIB) for their work in extracting, decoding and interpreting electronic information from a number of devices seized as part of an investigation into alleged possession of indecent images of children.

Corporal Sam Ward, Royal Military Police, and Chief Petty Officer (Master at Arms) Jason Briant, Royal Naval Police, both of Spec Ops Regiment RMP.

Spec Ops Regt continued to support the investigation when jurisdiction was passed to Northumbria Police. As a result, a former serviceman was sentenced to 14 years in jail, made subject to a sexual harm prevention order, a restraining order for life and is on the sexual offender’s register for life.

The team was shortlisted alongside Op BLEAK (a collaboration between North West Regional Organised Crime Unit, the National Cyber Crime Unit and the Australian Federal Police), and National Undercover Online.

‘Best of the best’

Brigadier Viv Buck, Provost Marshal (Army) said: “I am incredibly proud that the RMP has won two awards in the International Digital Investigation Awards 2020, particularly against such high-quality competition from other UK and international law enforcement agencies.

“This is a true reflection of the credibility, competency and excellence of the Service Police team working in digital forensics; they truly are among the best of the best.”

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UK Government Announces New UK Cyber Security Council

The UK Government announces new UK Cyber Security Council “to boost career opportunities and professional standards for the UK’s booming cyber security sector”.

The new UK Cyber Security Council announced today by the UK Government follows an initiative started in the 2015 UK National Cyber Security Strategy “developing the cyber security profession, including through achieving Royal Chartered status by 2020, reinforcing the recognised body of cyber security excellence within the industry and providing a focal point which can advise, shape and inform national policy”. Though the aim for the Council to achieve Royal Chartered status by 2020 has not been met, the achievement of establishing the Council is certainly a major step forward.

Following the publication of the 2015 National Strategy in early 2016 the WCIT and BCS worked to bring together a group of 17 organisations to form the Cyber Security Alliance.

The Cyber Security Alliance Members

This Alliance recognised that the establishment of the council, whilst much needed, could also be significantly disruptive if full engagement with industry professionals and academia was not carried. The Alliance set out to engage with DCMS and NCSC as discussions and public consultations were carried out. The result was the Alliance being awarded a grant and contract in August 2019 to establish the UK Cyber Security Council through its lead member the IET following an open competition process.

The significant amount of time and effort by individuals from both Alliance member and non Alliance member organisations is hard to quantify, but is significantly greater than the amount of grant funding awarded and that the council development has reached such an advanced stage within the contracted timeframe is a testament to their professionalism and commitment.

The Council is to be formally launched on the 31st March 2021

Work continues to prepare for the launch. The launch is but the end of the project to deliver the council, the real work then begins to establish the Council as a credible professional body that will represent those that work in the cyber security industry. DFM wish the new trustees charged with firmly establishing the council and moving it forward, good luck in their endeavours.

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2021 To See More Successful Security Attacks

In the period of 2021 more successful security attacks and compromise will be encountered, with many high profile organisations, in multiple sectors falling on their own sword of insecurity, and will thus pay the price of the reactive style of a supposed security posture. Sadly, 2021 will not be the year we see real steps taken toward Cyber Resilience – but it will be the year in which we finally see a more serious mindset toward addressing cyber insecurity with a proactive security posture.”

Developed back in the 1830/1840’s by Samuel Morse and other collaborating inventors, the telegraph revolutionized long-distance communication. It worked by transmitting electrical signals over a wire laid between stations, and changed the nature of communications forever – in fact it was commented by one authority:

The new technologies will bring every individual into immediate and effortless communication with every other, and will practically obliterate political geography, and make free trade universal. Thanks to technological advance, there are no longer any foreigners, and we can look forward to the gradual adoption of a common language.”

Powerful words, linked to positive aspiration. However, stepping forward to the invention of the Internet by Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee, not only may we track our all encompassing technological progress, but equally may note that the outcomes have not always been so positive, with the advent of cyber insecurity.

From the Genesis period of the Internet Revolution there was always a very real concern that such a multi-faceted world on interconnectivity should dictate a very firm need for security in the uncontrolled space of the World Wide Web (WWW) – it did not. In fact such early concerns were around the area of the Internet naming and numbering authority – or, to put it bluntly the root authority. In that era, John Postel was, like many are today, fighting to prove the dangers of lacklustre controls, and on 28 January 1998 decided to take action, and took control, sidestepped Network Solutions and demonstrated that he could transfer root authority whenever he chose to – this made those in control sit up and take note.

So just what has the histrionics of the Internet got to do with the WWW today – answer, the simplicity of John Postels early concerns are now maximised to an unprecedented level with complex interwoven connectivity, with potentially millions of domains across the world being maintained in a vulnerable and exposed profile.

Along the path to exploiting what is referred to as the Super Highway, multiples of global organisations, and governments have embraced this easy to empower technology to their own singular advantage. However, as this eager embracement grew, it would seem in the majority of cases, those who were chasing the benefits of the Internet were unaware of the Genie of Insecurity which was gradually creeping from the lamp and entering their domains.

As of 2020 there are around 2 billion websites running on the net, so just imagine if 10% are insecure – that amounts to 200,000,000. However based on what has been discovered from a number of sample surveys conducted with WHITETHORN SHIELD that number would seem to be very much on the low side – with 25% being a more realistic percentage, the end number of insecurity is now scarcely significant.

What really changed the world of cyber was the appreciation and practice of OSINT (Open Source Intelligence) which goes well beyond the element of the IP address to discover titbits of unknown unknowns which can expose even the most secure of sites – titbits gathered from multiple sources may then be leverage to paint a aggregated big picture, Cuckoo Egg style off-line acquisition of dark intelligence metrics which may be used to further expose and exploit further insecurities.

In 2020, much work has been done by Cybersec Innovation Partner with their cutting edge WHITETHORN SHIELD engine, and findings gathered from both commercial and government sites are to be observed with the question – how can this be? The findings not only suggest there is a potential for cyber insecurity to exists on multiple site, but goes well beyond and prove that these discoveries are fact. The problem seems to be, nobody is willing to listen – that is until such time they are compromised!

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Insurance Nexus by Reuters Events Releases the Connected Auto Insurance 2020 Report

The automotive sector is on the cusp of a huge wave of change, rivalled only by historic moments such as Ford Model Ts rolling off the construction line or the deep-seated impact of the 1973 oil crisis. This time, however, it is not just one technological frontier disrupting the sector, but multiple innovations that are already making their mark.

Insurance Nexus by Reuters Events have produced the Connected Auto Insurance 2020 report to make sure Auto insurance businesses; personal or commercial, can deliver on customer expectations and maximize the opportunities that available technologies like telematics, IoT, AI and analytics offer.

As well as gaining insight from over 1200 North American insurance executives, get the detail on what this means for an insurance organization from industry experts, including:

  • Shannon Lewandowski, Innovation and Digital Team – IoT, American Modern
  • Lorenzo Morganti, Big Data/AI Senior Project Lead, AXA
  • Glen Clarke, Head of Transformational Propositions, Allianz
  • Eugene Y. Wen, Vice President, Group Advanced Analytics, Manulife
  • Amrish Singh, Vice President of Product, Enterprise, Metromile
  • Allison Whittington, Head of Housing, Zurich Municipal

And many more…

Download the report now

By downloading the report readers can discover the vital strategic steps you must take in 2020 in order to keep pace with an ever-evolving Auto insurance ecosystem; validated by industry statistics based on 1200 insurance carrier executives and technology leaders.

Justify next steps for investment with 7 easy-to-decipher infographics that clearly demonstrate technology trends, carrier ambitions, investment strategies and partnerships and learn from your peers through 3 in-depth case studies focussing on ‘Open APIs Open Up Business Opportunities,’ ‘Tracking Through Tags, Pulses and Apps,’ & ‘Enabling Mobility-Based Insurance.’

You can also access exclusive viewpoints including James Spears’ take on ‘OEMs Muscling In: The Battle for FNOL’ so that your next step towards OEM collaboration is informed and profitable.

Understand the ‘state of the industry’ and where it’s heading through a wealth of articles, commentary, and debate on the impact of OEMs and how carriers will respond, new models of car ownership, autonomous vehicles and commercial fleet developments so that you remain on the cutting edge.

Have any comments? Get in touch and learn about the Auto Insurance USA conference, April 16-17, Chicago. Website viewable here: https://events.insurancenexus.com/auto/

 

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Cyan Forensics Announces New Chair to Lead Venture into the Next Stage of Growth

Cyan Forensics – the Edinburgh-based company aspiring and working towards a world where there is no place that harmful digital content can be easily hidden or shared – has announced that Paul Brennan is taking over as chair to guide through its next level of growth.

 

Cyan Forensics’ digital forensic analysis tools finds child sexual abuse images on devices within minutes and their product is currently being rolled out to police forces across the UK. Its products can also be applied in the field of counter terrorism and by social media and cloud companies to find and remove harmful content online.

 

Brennan offers a wealth of commercial experience helping to steer technology organisations into the international arena, with particular focus on the US and Europe. Former chair Simon Hardy will remain on the board continuing to bring with him experience from more than a decade of providing high technology solutions to law enforcement worldwide. Hugh Lennie, Cyan Forensics’ Chief Finance Officer (CFO), also joins the expanded board line up to bring his extensive experience of building, growing and exiting businesses.

 

Paul Brennan, new Chair of Cyan Forensics, comments: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to help shape Cyan Forensics’ forward momentum. Cyan Forensics’ technology has multiple applications to offer solutions that can make a real difference to protect people from online harms. The company has seen much success in its first three years’ of business and I look forward to supporting their expansion following a recent contract with the UK Home Office and into new markets in Northern Europe and the US.”

 

Ian Stevenson, CEO of Cyan Forensics, said: “We welcome Paul Brennan and Hugh Lennie onto our board, and are fortunate to retain the experience of our former Chair Simon Hardy. We are at an exciting stage of growth where our product is going into many police forces across the UK to help catch paedophiles much faster, and we are now in a strong position to enter the European market, as well as making greater in-roads in helping law enforcement in its fight against counter terrorism.”

 

Cyan Forensics was founded in 2016 by Bruce Ramsay, a former police forensic analyst and now the company’s CTO, and CEO Ian Stevenson. Last month the business confirmed a successful new round of funding from Triplepoint, Mercia, Social Investment Scotland Ventures, the Scottish Investment Bank and private investors, bringing the total raised by the company to £2.8m.

 

Last year Cyan Forensics announced partnerships with America’s National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the UK Home Office’s Child Abuse Image Database (CAID).

 

Cyan Forensics is addressing a huge and growing problem for society. At the end of 2019 the WeProtect Global Alliance Threat Assessment report announced that there are 750,000 individuals estimated to be attempting to connect with children across the globe for sexual purposes online at any one time. Technology companies also reported a record 45 million online photos and videos of child abuse last year, that number was less than a million just five years ago, and is more than double what was reported the previous year, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

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