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SMi’s Cyber Defence Conference is a practical and strategic networking event for military communication and critical infrastructure protection practitioners.

This conference will provide you with an overview on how cyber attacks are evolving, and which technologies have been developed to counter these threats. In addition security experts will discuss how state-of-the-art technologies are exposed to cyber threats and which preventative measures to take. Reviewing and evaluating recent attacks will allow you to discuss network resilience and best practices in a crisis situation. 

Key Topics Include :

  • Evolving Cyber Security & Information Assurance threats to military communication networks and critical infrastructure 
  • Vulnerabilities of state-of-the-art technologies including Voice over IP, IPV6 and Wireless Communication Networks
  • Estonian Cyber attack - lessons learnt and best practices
  • Military-civil cooperation in protecting national security and critical infrastructure
  • Latest developments in SCADA Security, intrusion detections and resilient systems

   Keynote Addresses include:
  • Major General William T. Lord, Director, Cyberspace Transformation and Strategy, US Air Force Headquarters
  • Mikhel Tammet, Director, Communications and IT, Department, Estonian Ministry of Defence
  • Ronald Broersma, Chief Engineer of the Defense Research and Engineering Network (DREN), SPAWAR, US Navy
  • Douglas C Towers, Director, Defence Security Standards Organisation, UK MoD
  • John Bumgarner, Research Director for Security Technology, US Cyber Consequences Unit
  • Thomas Ramsauer, Division of IT Security, Federal Ministry of Interior, Germany
  • Ian Henderson, Manager Architecture & Strategy, BP Enterprise Security & Continuity, BP International
  • Dr Robert Ghanea-Hercock, Chief Researcher, Future Technologies Group, British Telecom (BT), UK


If you want to be informed about the progress of the conference.  E-mail Marita Jünemann on mjunemann@smi-online.co.uk or call +44 (0)207 827 6026.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Geoff Harris

Geoff Harris, President, Alderbridge Consulting Ltd

9:10 Lessons Learnt from the Estonian Cyber Crisis and How to Respond

Toomas Viira

Toomas Viira, Information Security Manager, Estonian Informatics Centre

  • An overview of events in May-June 2007
  • Attacks on our “Way of Life” - How serious are they?
  • Potential threats to society
  • Cyber threats perceived by communities
  • Who will respond to an attack and how to respond
  • Lessons learnt for the future
  • 9:50 Cyber Defense Decision Support System

    Heidi  Bisch

    Heidi Bisch, Scientist, NATO C3 Agency

  • Areas where INFOSEC & Cyber Defence occur in NATO
  • Security and Cyber Defence as an enabler for Network Centric Warefare
  • Security communication challenges
  • Future initiatives
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 How to Secure E-mail: Setting the Trust Standard for Collaboration

    Marc  Speltens

    Marc Speltens , Outreach Director, Transglobal Secure Collaboration Program

  •   How to evaluate their own security risks when collaborating online
  • The processes and policies to secure e-mail correspondence among global partners
  •  Real-life examples of how A&D organizations have benefited from Secure E-mail
  •  Future examples of data security throughout the supply chain, including document federation
  • 11:40 Napping in the Guardhouse: A Wakeup Call for Protecting Vital National Infrastructures

    John Bumgarner

    John Bumgarner, Research Director, US Cyber Consequences Unit

  • Implications of cyber-attacks against critical infrastructures
  • Increasing effectiveness of infrastructures attacks
  • Infrastructures attacks as force multiplier
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:30 National Plan for Information Infrastructure Protection/CIP Implementation Plan - Organising Security Jointly

    Thomas  Ramsauer

    Thomas Ramsauer , , German Ministry of Interior

  • Challenges and joint responsibility
  • Overview national plan for information infrastructure protection
  • CIP implementation plan
  • Roadmap and next steps
  • 14:10 An Outline of the Vulnerabilities of Industrial Control Systems

    Marcelo  Masera

    Marcelo Masera, , Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen Joint Research Centre (JCR) - European Commission

  • Requirements for a fully integrated and sustainable vulnerability assessment of systems
  • Processes and methodologies
  • Experimental platforms for security assessment
  • 14:50 Implementing IPv6- What are the new security challenges

    Ronald  Broersma

    Ronald Broersma, Chief Engineer of the Defense Research Engineering Network (DREN), Spawar

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Geoff Harris

    Geoff Harris, President, Alderbridge Consulting Ltd

    9:10 Using Secure Software to Manage Classified Data and Cross-Domain Information Transfer

    Jeremy  Flann

    Jeremy Flann, Director of Business Development, Green Hills Software

  • Using a SKPP EAL6+ certified operating system/ hypervisor for software control of security applications and classified data
  • Keep secret and unclassified data securely on the same computer
  • Policy-based upgrading and downgrading of information
  • Connect computers to secret and restricted networks simultaneously
  • Undergoing evaluation for CWID networks
  • 9:50 Computing ‘Environment’: It’s more than Binary Code – It’s About Criminals!!

    Ole  Tom Seierstad

    Ole Tom Seierstad, Chief Security Adviser , Microsoft Norway

  • Overview of mutated risks of cyber attacks
  • Changing cyber attack awareness in the community
  • Challenges for responding to attacks
  • Microsoft’s initiatives and solutions – and sometimes they are free!
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Wi-Fi Security or Where are the Threats?

    Franck  Veysset

    Franck Veysset , Senior Expert, Internet/Intranet Security, France Telecom

  • Short review of Wi-Fi security
  • Threats on infrastructures
  • Client-side attacks
  • New challenges: how to secure Wi-Fi based new technologies (UMA, IWLAN...)
  • New threats, fuzzing techniques...
  • Towards new attacks?
  • 11:40 Securing IP Telephony – What are the issues and how to solve them?

    Steinthor  Bjarnason

    Steinthor Bjarnason, Consulting Engineer Security, Cisco Systems

    IP telephony in a nutshell
    Risk analysis, what are the threats?
    How to secure the infrastructure
    How to design secure IP telephony networks
    Securing voice communications: methods and issues

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Firewall Technologies – For Military & Public Sector Security

    Dr Anders  Fongen

    Dr Anders Fongen , Senior Scientist, Information Management Division, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)

  • Scenarios and threat model
  • What is state-of-the-art and how does it meet the requirements?
  • Military requirements: multi-level/multi-domain information security
  • Firewalls in the tactical domain
  • A SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) perspective on firewalls
  • 14:10 Autonomous Cyber Defence Systems

    Robert  Ghanea-Hercock

    Robert Ghanea-Hercock, Chief Researcher, Future Technologies Group, British Telecom

  • Software agents in cyber security
  • Bio-inspired cyber defence capabilities
  • Adaptive and self* systems for security
  • Intelligent systems in defence
  • 15:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks followed by Afternoon Tea

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