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Cyber17 symposium targeted the latest cyber threats

last modified Jan 24, 2019 12:10 PM
To safeguard the University from today's cyber security threats requires close collaboration across institutions and a renewed focus on our people. This was key message from Cyber 17, a cyber-security symposium organised by UIS.

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The event, which was a key element of the TechLink/IT Community Programme, was opened by the University’s Chief Information security officer, Vijay Samtani who said: "People naturally want to be safe online. The key for us is to provide a secure IT environment which allows people to go about their routine activities without unnecessary and unproductive restrictions.

"Cyber criminals are targeting people’s natural, well-intentioned, and rational behaviours, so our job is to build safeguards around people and support their desire to be secure."

"UIS is already investigating ways to provide institutions with file and data storage that is 'secure by default' so that institutional staff and academics don't have to spend so much time setting up their own security controls. In addition, state-of-the-art anti-malware software is already available to all Cambridge staff and students under a UIS-negotiated contract," Vijay explained.

The seminar programme, which was attended by more than 200 IT delegates, included speakers from the National Cyber Security Centre, Cisco Talos, Estonian Ministry of Justice, and the Judge Business School.

The grand finalé of the symposium was presented by Sophos’ security commentator Paul Ducklin, who performed a live hack demonstration of malware in action and showed how easy it is for the 'crooks' to hack into modern systems.

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