by Matt Poulton
We’re only halfway into 2017 and already UK organisations have been forced to face down a formidable array of cyber threats. From the global WannaCry epidemic to last week’s destructive ‘Petya’ attacks, the past few weeks alone have witnessed enough serious incidents to keep CISOs awake at night.
The good news is that help is at hand with the return of Trend Micro’s popular CLOUDSEC event in London this September. Once again, it’ll be packed full of fantastic opportunities to network with peers and industry leaders, and hear from some of the best in the business on ways to cope with the growing online threat.
The battle continues
As we predicted last December in our end-of-year report, The Next Tier, 2017 has already seen the ransomware threat evolve into something even more menacing. WannaCry utilised exploits stolen from the NSA to worm its way around the world, infecting hundreds of thousands of victims in as many as 150 countries. Those that thought the worst was over were last week forced to deal with another major global threat, most likely originating in Ukraine. In some ways, this ‘Petya’ attack was even more dangerous, with research indicating its primary aim was not to make money but cause maximum chaos and disruption by overwriting victim machines’ Primary Boot Record.
CLOUDSEC this year
With sweeping new EU data protection laws set to come into force in May 2018, mandating 72-hour breach notifications and major fines for non-compliance, IT bosses must be ready to up their game when it comes to cybersecurity. Yet given the sheer variety, volume and – in some cases – sophistication of threats facing them today, it can be challenging knowing where to start.
That’s where CLOUDSEC comes in. The Trend Micro hosted event is fast-building a reputation as one of the UK’s premier cybersecurity events, attracting top experts from industry, academia, law enforcement and government. This year’s event in September will feature the likes of Microsoft UK National Security Officer, Stuart Aston; BT Security President, Mark Hughes; and senior representatives from GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre, OWASP, Interpol, the FBI and more – alongside Trend Micro experts such as VP of Security Research, Rik Ferguson.
As always, the focus will be on sharing best practice advice on how to tackle the next tier of threats facing UK organisations, as well as providing ample opportunities to network with peers and speakers. As well as the forthcoming GDPR, sessions will focus on securing AWS, Azure and VMware environments, pen testing in the cloud, improving IoT security and much more.
We’re looking forward to seeing you at the show, but places are limited so book your spot today.
What: CLOUDSEC 2017
When: Tuesday 5 September
Where: Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London