Friday, 13 November 2015

Bridging the Gap between Business Needs and Cyber Security Education

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Information Security Specialist Group

Bridging the Gap between Business Needs and Cyber Security Education

Wednesday 18th November 2015.
London Metropolitan University, Room GC1-08, Graduate Centre, 166-220 Holloway Rd, Holloway, London, N7 8DB

Even the general public talks about Cyber Security nowadays. However, the skills gap is widening and cybercrime is growing rapidly as sophisticated, targeted attacks flood in from heavily funded diverse organised sources. Although there are some initiatives - governments, educational institutions, and industries are working in closer partnership - the gap between the cyber security education and business need still needs bridging.

Almost every higher education institute has Cyber Security courses and there are many professional certification courses offered by reputed organisations. A world-wide online survey by ISACA and the RSA Conference earlier this year revealed that 82% of organisations participating in the survey expect to be attacked in 2015, yet they are relying on largely unqualified IT staff who are unable to handle the complex threats or fully understand their business. It also revealed that more than 35% of organizations are unable to fill open positions. We are now nearly at the end of 2015 and we have seen many damaging cyber-attacks worldwide.

The majority of Higher Education Institutes share the desire to provide the skills that industry requires, but face the serious challenge of reaching the industry experts and business environments.

In this seminar we bring together experts from industry and academia to discuss ways and means of reducing the Cyber Security skill gap.

Bridging the Gap - Programme

0900 - 0930:  Registration


0940 - 0945:  Dr Deepthi Ratnayake

“Introduction and Welcome”


0945 – 1010:  Dr. Stan Zakrzewski  (Head - School of Computing), Professor Karim Ouazzane (Professor of Computing and Knowledge Exchange)

The London Metropolitan University (LMU) and Cyber Security Research Group”


1010 - 1040:  Dr Cyril Onwubiko (Chair, Intelligence and Security Assurance, E-Security Group, Research Series Ltd)

“Cyber Security Education for Employability”


1040 - 1120:  Dr Jianming Cai (LMU Course Leader of Computer Forensics, IT Security & Computer Networking and IT Security BSc (Hons))

“Teaching Cyber Security in an Academic Environment: The Challenges”


1120 - 1130:  Refreshment Break


1130 - 1210:  Daniel Mitchell (CEO of Lifeline IT)

“Cyber Security and Small Business: examining the impact of small businesses on global cyber security”


1210 - 1310:  Buffet Lunch


1310 - 1400:  Amar Singh (CEO & Founder: Cyber Management Alliance & Give01Day.com, Executive Board Member and Consultant to UK National MBA in Cyber Security. Chair of ISACA UK Security Advisory Group)

“Now or Never - Why Information Security matters to everyone and why we need to ensure we get it right this time, or else…”



1400 - 1440:  Prof Peter Komisarczuk (Director of Distance Learning, Information Security Group at Royal Holloway, University of London)

“Certified Cyber Security MSc Courses and the Academic Centres of Excellence”




1440 - 1520:   Lyndsay Turley (Director Communications & Public Affairs, EMEA (ISC)2)

It's not just about the Experts: Assuring Cybersecurity Perspective Across Disciplines




1520 - 1540:  Refreshment Break




1540 - 1635:  Panel Discussion: Partnership between industry and academia – led by Professor Karim Ouazzane


1640:  Vote of Thanks




Note : This is the planned program for the event but may be subject to change.  Prospective delegates should check the


for up-to-date information. 

Delegate bookings can be made through this link:


Any changes will be notified to delegates with the Joining Instructions.

Closing date for bookings is Monday 16th November 2015 at 11:59pm. No more bookings will be taken after this date.

FEES (Prices stated are inclusive of VAT @ 20%):      


BCS members: £120.00
Non-members: £144
Students; £48.00 [Please select 'Yes' to the 'Are you a full time student?' question, during your booking]

 REFUNDS/CANCELLATIONS: A full refund will be issued if a cancellation is received within 14 days of the booking date or by 12:00pm on 11th November 2015, otherwise name substitutions will be allowed after this date.

For overseas delegates who wish to attend the event please note that BCS do not issue “invitation letters.”

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