11th International Conference on Global Security, Safety and Sustainability

Northumbria University London is proud to have hosted this year’s highly anticipated 11th International Conference on Global Security, Safety and Sustainability (ICGS3) held on the 18-20 January 2017. Focused on the highly relevant and topical theme of ‘Security Challenges of the Connected World’, the conference invited key industry figures and leading academics to the Northumbria University London Campus and QA Higher Education’s Cyber Lab near Tower Bridge. Themes covered included systems security, safety and sustainability, cyber infrastructure protection, the future of digital forensics, information security management and cyber law.

Every week we hear about companies’ large and small becoming victim to increased large scale data breaches and increasingly, ransomware and denial of service attacks. The UK’s National Crime Agency ‘Cyber Crime Assessment 2016’ report revealed that cyber-enabled fraud and computer misuse had surpassed all other crime in the country.

Northumbria University has a long established background in providing world-class research, teaching and consultancy in the field of computer and information sciences. As part of the Computer and Information Sciences department, the Northumbria Cyber Security Research Group (NCSRG) is a cross-faculty and multi-disciplinary group, combining technical research on wireless sensor networks, biometric encryption and web security protocols to name a few. Aiming to understand the security vulnerabilities which exist in our connected world.

Likewise our London Campus partner, QA Higher Education, part of the QA Group, has invested in a state-of-the-art Cyber Lab, designed to enable organisations to identify and protect themselves from a stimulated cyber-attack.

Cyber security is an all-encompassing issue which will continue to affect our daily lives as corporations and end consumers. Increasingly part of political and economic rhetoric, the key question we must ask ourselves is ‘What are the implications and how can we be fully engaged?’

If you would like to hear information on the next dates for this event please contact us and we will keep you informed.

“Security threats to individual and business operations have become increasingly complex, as traditional and digital worlds converge. Emerging technologies, user mobility and the sheer volume of data exchanged daily all represent opportunities for criminals to target the digital assets that drive our modern society.  This Annual International Conference is an established platform with the focus on the challenges of complexity, rapid pace of change and risk/opportunity issues associated with the 21st century living style, systems and infrastructures. The three days event provide an opportunity to examine Security, safety sustainability issues from global perspectives through dialogue between academics, students, government representatives, chief executives, security professionals, and research scientists from the United Kingdom and from around the globe.”
Professor Hamid Jahankhani, MSc Cyber Security Programme Leader and Chair of ICGS3

“It was a privilege to attend ICGS3 2017 as a Masters degree student. The subjects were eye opening, most of each I’m now not only able to fully understand but also have an (agreeing) opinion about. The opportunity for me highlighted the high-quality level of the Northumbria University MSc degree and boosted my confidence levels. The research presented tackled pressing security issues and the up to date information disclosed was priceless. Every presenter was extremely approachable and attentive and the cherry on top was the hacking event at the QA Cyber Security Center which brought some light competitive fun.’’
André R. Ferreira, MSc Cyber Security Student with Northumbria University (June 2016)

“In a threat landscape dominated by malware that is designed to be as unobtrusive as possible, ransomware stands out as a blunt instrument in the hands of cybercriminals. Yet it’s one that is proving very successful. In 2016, Kaspersky Lab discovered 62 new ransomware families and around 55,000 new modifications. This threat that affects consumers and businesses alike and is growing in sophistication as well as in numbers. Since there’s no guarantee that cybercriminals will decrypt victims’ data, even after they pay the ransom, it’s essential that everyone makes regular backups of their data.”
Dr David Emm, Kaspersky

“The ICGS3 conference addressed one of the most pressing issues of our time. Cyber activity threatens the very existence of some businesses, and even the business continuity of our country in the event of attacks on national infrastructure. The conference provided knowledge, discussion, and impetus for the future.”
Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC

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