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This is a free event and will investigate issues within ransomware, cryptography and pseudo-IDs.
Date: Wednesday 29 March 2017, 1:30pm – 5pm
Venue: Craiglockhart Campus, Edinburgh
Cyber-attacks are a reality and the threats are happening right now. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about new pioneering approaches to cryptography, discover the latest advanced technology and interact with leading security experts and academia. Keynotes and informal gatherings allow you to gain insight from a forward-thinking global community that will inspire and empower you.
Cryptography is one of the most challenging areas within IT, and its usage causes many problems for companies and investigators, but it is also a protector of the rights of privacy. With GDPR legislation becoming law in May 2018, the usage of cryptography and pseudo-IDs will come to the fore, and companies must understand how to best protect their customer’s data
More details here: http://thecyberacademy.org/crypto2017/
Note: The event is free, but there will be a cancellation fee of £75 if you do not cancel within 7 days of the event.
Organiser: Bill Buchanan
Organiser of Conference on Ransomware, Cryptography and Pseudo-ID
Bill Buchanan is a Professor in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Fellow of the BCS and the IET. He has a long track record of success in innovation, teaching and research, including two successful spin-out companies.His current duties including leading Public Engagement activities winning Edinburgh Napier University.
He currently leads the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks, and Security, and works in the areas of security, e-Health, Cloud Security, Web-based infrastructures, e-Crime, cryptography, triage, intrusion detection systems, digital forensics, mobile computing, agent-based systems, and security risk.
Bill has one of the most extensive academic sites in the World, and is involved in many areas of novel research and teaching in computing. He has published over 27 academic books, and over 250 academic research papers, along with several awards for excellence in knowledge transfer, and for teaching, such as winning at the Excellence Awards at Edinburgh Napier University in 2011, 2014 and 2015.
He is currently an external examiner at Royal Holloway (University of London) and has been an external examiner for many programmes, and for PhD examinations.
Presently he is working with a range of industrial/domain partners, including with the Scottish Police, the finance sector, and many large and small companies. He has a long track record in commercialisation activities, including being a co-founder of Zonefox and safi.re, which of which progressed from PhD work to a university spin-out, though the Scottish Enterprise funded Proof-of-Concept scheme. Over the past four years he has received direct funding of over £2.5million related to computer security, which has had a major impact on an international basis. Along with this he gives many keynote/endnote talks at conferences, including at NISC 2014 on Heartbleed.
Both spin-outs build on patented technology, including one which has patenting protection over three territories around the World. His current work includes a 500,000 Euro project which aims to build an advanced training infrastructure for Cyber Security and Digital Forensics. Previous projects have included collaboration of TSB Grants with Microsoft plc on a £2million project which aimed to improve the care of the elderly using Trusted Cloud-based services, and with Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on a next generation Health Care platform. This also matches up with other funded projects with the FSA and the Scottish Police.
He has created many innovations in teaching related to computer security, including being sole author on http://networksims.com (Cisco Simulators), and http://asecuritysite.com (one of the most extensive computer security site for academic material in the World) and in creating DFET (an innovative Cloud training infrastructure for security and digital forensics training). His lectures are online at http://youtube.com/billatnapier, with over 400 on-line lectures, and has over 2,500 subscribers, with more than one million minutes watched. He regularly appears on the BBC radio and TV talking about Cybercrime (see http://youtube.com/billatnapier).
Bill was also a member of the ICT in Education Excellence Group, which has been setup by the Scottish Government in 2012, and innovated the Christmas Cyber lecture for Schools in Scotland (attended by over 3,000 pupils in Dec 2013). He has done extensive work with Schools in promoting ICT, especially focused on computer security, and created the Bright Red Digital Zone, which now includes most of the subjects with the N5 (CfE) subjects in Scotland (bright-redbooks.net), and which has extensive coverage of areas such as computer security.
Come along to the Grassmarket Community Project (86 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, EH1 2QA) at 5pm sharp for a visit to an external event and have a discussion. The event finishes at 7pm but a short discussion can carry on in a nearby establishment where in particular one of the aims will be to write about what we have learned; the writing is optional. You MUST register for a ticket on EVENTBRITE to attend this event as availability is limited…
Title of talk:
The Inner Level – Author talk with Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett
The event is free however registration is required, here:
Bullet points of what you would like to talk about:
Professors Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett will introduce the evidence and discuss the implications for us all from their most recent book, The Inner level and reflect back on its pre-cursor, The Spirit Level.
There will be a chaired Q&A to discuss how the analysis in the book should inform policies, strategies and their implementation to address inequality, including health outcomes and particularly mental health.
A few paragraphs on your subject:
The Inner level, published in June this year, sets out the evidence for the health implications, including on mental health, of inequality in society. Not just for those at the poorest, most heavily impacted end of the spectrum but at all levels.
The Spirit level, published in 2009 compared countries worldwide against a range of measure -health, education attainment, longevity, crime amongst others to demonstrate that the higher the range of inequality the worse the outcomes.
Wilkinson & Pickett set up The Equality Trust to continue to engage with interested parties of all types, policy makers, think tanks and those delivering services in the public and charity sectors and continue to promote this message with talks such as this.
A few paragraphs about you:
My Fair Edinburgh is a new, growing group of folks who care about reducing social equality in Edinburgh and is affiliated to The Equality Trust which works to improve the quality of life in the UK by reducing economic and social inequality.
Both books are published by Penguin Random House and will be sold at the event by the Lighthouse Radical Bookshop
The NRS Mental Health Network & NHS Lothian are sponsoring the event which is being held at The Grassmarket Community Project, a social enterprise venue in the heart of Edinburgh
Come along to the St John’s Church Hall (Princes St, Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ) at 5.30pm for two talks, a bite to eat and some company. Join this friendly and informal gathering to discuss topics with food in good company. It is entirely free and open to everyone
My aim is to share with you the riches of a historical period. In the mid seventeenth century, Britain was plunged in a revolution. In the course of the revolution, ‘church courts and the censorship broke down. The result was an upsurge of popular and radical thinking – much of it thinking of an apocalyptic kind. (The term ‘apocalyptic’ is one which I shall explain but, in this note, I pass over it in silence.) Not the least important feature of the uncensored period of the civil war period is its impact on generations of subsequent radical thought.
Frequently, commentators on radicalism look back only to the early decades of the twentieth century, when Lenin and Luxemburg debated what was termed the ‘problem of organisation’. It is assumed that, beyond Lenin and Luxemburg, only nineteenth-century social democracy was worth considering. My proposal is that such a view of radicalism’s sources is too narrow.
The talk will be exploring the history of mid 17th century, Britain during a time of revolution, commentators of radicalism and the origins of radical and grassroots thought Ranters and Quakers. There is an accompanying essay as a handout which gives people a deeper insight.
During the break there will be a chance to have some food and conversation. You are invited to bring along an item of food to put on the table to share and help take it away at the end so that nothing goes to waste. It is a bring your own bottle event.
There has been a great increase in the attention which has been paid to loneliness in the last few years. Lots of research and charities has been formed around studying this social phenomenon as it badly impacts people’s health and wellbeing. Lots of different factors seem to be involved in creating social isolation in the United Kingdom as the means for people being able to socialise and create social connections are becoming sparse.
The social and economic landscape of the UK has suffered from various kinds of fragmentation and this is now being seen in increases in the mental health issues, drug and alcohol addiction, a spike and rise in deaths due to overdose. If we look at the rises in these problems their increase seems to be connected with the austerity policies, the rise in the costs of living, and the diminishment of social spaces available to people.
There is a parallel in behaviour and health when we look at what happens with animals that are kept in captivity. The impact on cognitive function and the development of the brain is striking when we compare wild animals to domestic ones. The development of stress behaviours and stress related illnesses is well known and understood in the context of keeping animals in zoos and aquariums; put simply, if they do not have the space and features of the environment which allow them to express their natural behaviours then they become ill and suffer behavioural problems.