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Dr Mary Aiken, cyber security advisor to Europol, Interpol, the FBI and the White House, and author of “The Cyber Effect,” will offer the closing keynote to IT security association ISACA’s CSX 2017 Europe, a Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) conference in London on October 30 and November 1.

Drawing on her research as director of the Cyberpsychology Research Network and adjunct associate professor at University College Dublin, Aiken will take up her “human and technologies collide” theme, and cover the backgrounds and motivations of hackers, and suggest that we think differently about technology-enabled behaviours and preventation of cyberattacks.

She said: “While we are still in the early stages, it’s essential to continue to research and investigate, to discuss, analyse and understand the ‘who’ and the ‘why’ of the human cyber profile, and importantly deliver insight regarding the role technologies may play in facilitating negative behaviour online. Let’s remember that technology in itself is not good or bad – it is either used well or poorly by humans.”

Aiken, who has tackled research and advises on organised cyber-crime, cyber-stalking, technology-facilitated human trafficking, and the rights of the child online, was the basis for the lead character on the one-time CBS TV series “CSI Cyber.” She also plans to highlight the important—and different—business management and leadership skill sets required in the global networked economy.

Kicking off European Cyber Security month in October, CSX Europe will be held at InterContinental London – The O2, pictured, at Greenwich, where ISACA plans to release findings of recent industry research highlighting the important roles and responsibilities boards and senior executives hold in establishing a culture of cyber security in today’s business environments. ISACA will also feature developments related to its recently released CSX Training Platform, which offers cyber security practitioners, managers and those looking to hire cyber security talent an option for performance-based skills assessment and on-demand training.

This year’s event offers seven educational pathways for cyber security practitioners and managers. These pathways align to the United States’ NIST Framework for Cyber Security preparedness and relate to topic areas:

Identify (Asset Management, Business Continuity Planning, Systems Governance, Risk Assessment)
Protect (Organisational Awareness, Data Security, Enterprise Policies)
Detect (Breach Detection, Systems Monitoring)
Respond (Breach Incident Response, Breach Mitigation, Process Improvements)
Recover (Disaster Recovery Planning, External and Internal Communications)
Defend (Staffing, Education, Management and Team Leadership); and
Explore (New Technology and Innovation Solutions).


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