Security experts from Bank of England and FCA announced as speakers for PeepSec

UK’s first summit focused on human aspect of cyber security to go live during London Tech Week

PeepSec, the UK’s first summit focused on the people, culture and social aspects of cyber security, today announced the latest speakers joining the week-long summit. Keynote speakers include a representative from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Janet Williams QPM, former Metropolitan Police cyber crime lead, John Scott, Head of Security Education at the Bank of England, Martin McTague, Policy Director at Federation of Small Business, Tim Hill, Technology Policy Adviser at The Law Society, and Prof. Adam Joinson, Professor of Information Systems, University of Bath.

PeepSec is a free virtual summit focusing on the human component of cyber security with each speaker specifically chosen for their unique understanding and expertise. The summit gathers some of cyber security’s leading authorities to share insights through pre-recorded interviews. The interviews will be released between 11 and 15 June 2018, as part of London Tech Week, and can be watched from any device, at any time. Attendees can register to attend by visiting www.peepsec.com. The summit will be hosted by Oz Alashe MBE, CEO of cyber security awareness platform, CybSafe.

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Oz Alashe, CEO of CybSafe, said: “The human component of cyber security is vitally important to all businesses, but it’s a commonly misunderstood area. People account for the vast majority of cyber security incidents, and yet, businesses still fail to look at how their culture and people impact cyber risk in the organisation. PeepSec is a perfect opportunity to bring together the best minds in the space, making this an ideal event for anyone with a personal or professional interest in the human element of cyber security. Taking place entirely online, it will also be easily accessible for all.”

Janet Williams QPM, former UK policing cybercrime lead, said: “It’s a privilege to share a platform with such esteemed leaders in the cyber security space. The application of psychology and behaviouralscience theory are essential to reducing an organisation’s cyber risk, and PeepSec will be the first time that these issues are discussed thoroughly on such a large platform.”

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The speakers announced today join a roster of other talent across various industries. Additional confirmed participants include:

  • Caroline Rivett, Cyber Security & Privacy in Life Sciences & Healthcare, KPMG
  • Det. Supt Andrew Gould, National Police Chiefs’ Council
  • Kevin Fielder, CISO, Just Eat
  • John Townsend, CIO, National Trust
  • Dr Emma Williams, Psychologist, University of Bristol

Alashe concluded: “It is commonly accepted wisdom in the information security industry that an organisation’s cyber security strategy relies on people, process and technology. There are a number of events and conferences looking at cyber security from the technology and process standpoint. However, there is too little attention paid to tackling the people aspect of cyber security. Figures vary, but human error accounts for up to 95 per cent of all security incidents; it’s long overdue that we have a more thorough discussion, focusing on this human component.”

PeepSec will empower organisations and individuals to refocus on the human element of cyber security by hearing from their peers and industry leaders on how they are tackling this vital component part of any cyber security strategy.

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