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By Yvonne Headington

Cyber Focus

Cyber security is set to feature prominently at this year’s Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition at London’s Excel (10-13 September 2013). Along with offerings from the major Defence and Security companies, there will be a dedicated Cyber Security Pavilion, sponsored by Cassidian, highlighting the capabilities of information and communication technology specialists and niche players.

A programme of seminars and briefings will be running throughout the four days of the exhibition, with Thursday 12th September dedicated to cyber issues. Confirmed speakers include: John Green, Chief Technology Officer at Prolinx (Detection – it’s just the beginning); Tim Ronan, Forward Deployed Engineer at Palantir (Prepare, detect, respond and harden – Palantir Cyber) as well as a representative from Telesoft (Maintaining cyber intelligence in expanding data networks).

Proliferating Threats

Cassidian’s Head of Cyber Security Professional Services, Andrew Beckett, will lead the cyber security presentation day with a briefing on The cyber law of unintended consequences . The company has been delivering information assurance and cyber support to the UK Government and MoD for over 10 years with expertise in cyber incident response, network security monitoring, risk assessment & audit and cryptographic solutions. Andrew Beckett will focus on the anticipated proliferation of new and potentially destructive cyber threats – and the unintended ‘fall-out’ from cyber activities within a “vague and grey battlefield” where collateral damage is difficult to gauge.

As the potential cyber threat intensifies it will become increasingly difficult for governments to ensure national security, citizens’ safety and the delivery of public services. These issues will be addressed by Dave Garfield, Managing Director of Cyber Security at BAE Systems Detica, who will be speaking on Defending our economies: governments becoming the role model for good security during the dedicated cyber presentation day. The briefing will focus on the need to understand the opportunities and risks associated with ‘hyper-connectivity’ as the boundaries between the physical and digital worlds collide.

According to the company “threats to our safety, security and growth are radically different from a decade ago. They will continue to grow, adapt and converge. The challenge is for governments to establish the best ways to strengthen trust, resilience and innovation.” BAE Systems Detica will highlight its intelligent protection capabilities that can help governments meet this challenge.

Selex ES (Finmeccanica) will be featuring The Hidden Threat Revealed augmented reality demonstration, first shown at the Parish Air Show in June 2013. The company’s services include the design of customised security operation centres, information management, secure web applications and intelligence solutions. Selex ES will also be participating in the seminar programme with a presentation on cyber security scheduled for Tuesday 10th September.

Securing Networks

Cisco, a name synonymous with ‘networks’, has an extensive portfolio of routing, switching and security products. DSEI will provide a showcase for the company’s focus on the Internet of Things (IoT). Cisco is developing solutions to connect ‘things’ that are not currently connected to a network (the internet) and the company will be demonstrating different solutions that provide this connectivity.

The company claims that “one of the side benefits of using Cisco solutions, is that you also get all of the enterprise security, firewalls, deep packet inspection and other cyber solutions with these products”. In essence, by connecting ‘things’ (people, vehicles, ships and aircraft) the company is extending its enterprise services (voice, video, data and security).

Emerson Network Power will be featuring the Avocent® Switch

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