ISfL Annual Cyber Security Conference 2018



London House

Goodenough College

Mecklenburgh Square






For the fourth year running, SBL worked alongside Information Security for London (ISfL) to bring you the ISfL Annual Cyber Security Conference.

This year’s event focussed on Cyber Resilience and gave attendees the opportunity to discuss common challenges senior information assurance professionals from local government and the wider public sector face working within their environment, and ways in which these challenges could be overcome.

Cyber Security specialists from across government, the wider public sector, academia and industry were invited to share their expertise with the audience through presentations and networking opportunities, and to showcase their products and services in an exhibition area.

Held in the impressive Grade II listed London House at Goodenough College, London, the 2018 conference featured speakers from NCSC, Met Police, Socitm, University of Manchester and the conference’s lead sponsor, Bromium, who all shared their knowledge and experiences when dealing with the increasing number of hacking and cyber threats.

Delegates and partners were welcomed by Colin Williams, Business Development Director, SBL, who opened the proceeding with a talk entitled “A Tale of Beer, Chile, Sheffield… and Syn!” where he referenced the likes of Norbert Wiener, Stafford Beer and Jack Good. If you haven’t seen one of Colin’s presentations, you should! He has a unique way of making you think about things differently and of fuelling imagination to spark discussion. The audience was left pondering the question “are we heading in to a brave new world…. or a dystopian one?”  

Ian Pratt, Co-founder & President of Bromium, our Lead Sponsor, followed Colin in the agenda and brought us from thought-provoking to practical, engaging the audience with a presentation that focussed on security and pointed out that if we lockdown our users we create a poor user experience and poor productivity. Bromium’s advice was to explore securing the user endpoint with micro-virtualisation.

Further highlights of the agenda included:

Geoff Connell, Head of IMT and Norfolk County Council and Past President, Socitm who gave an update on the cyber security work that Socitm has been doing which was ultimately kicked off at ISfL in 2016.

Dr. Daniel Dresner, University of Manchester posed the question “We’re always focussed on the motivations of the ‘bad’ people. What about the motivation of the ‘good’ people?”

Melanie Oldham, Founder & MD, Bob’s Business Ltd explained why “it is important we focus on breaking down the barriers and create a trusted environment to encourage learning”

Sam B, Sociotechnical Security Researcher, NCSC presented You Shape Security, claiming “People have the ability to recognise when practises work well and can adapt them to work better in pursuit of their priorities”


DCI Gary Miles, SCO7 Organised Crime Command, FALCON (Fraud & Linked Crime Online) reminded us “You’ve all been part of fraud or cybercrime. You’ve all received a phishing email”

Colin Williams closed the conference with the declaration “We are all going to be part of the Internet of Things”

The networking element of this event is key to its success, and the agenda is designed to offer plenty of opportunities for this to happen amongst delegates, speakers and exhibitors. The networking ensures that the event strikes a balance between delivering thought provoking content and useful information to delegates, and giving them the opportunity to discuss it with peers and develop on-going conversations.

If you don’t follow ISfL on Twitter already, we recommend doing so, to join the conversations started at Goodenough College and to be first to hear about plans for the 2019 conference! @ISforLondon


Who Are ISfL?

In April 2003, London Connects and CPNI launched a pilot project called the Warning, Advice & Reporting Point (WARP). The idea was that a community of like-minded individuals would be created – a community who had something in common: ICT. More specifically, information security and the risks and threats that can be associated with corporate ICT infrastructures.

The premise was that a WARP could offer its members three core services:

WARNING – a feed of filtered notifications about current threats and vulnerabilities

ADVICE – facilitation of information sharing and good practice

REPORTING – a means by which members can report incidents to the WARP operator for anonymous sharing

This pilot WARP community was set up using the London boroughs of which there are 33 and was originally known as the London Connects WARP or LCWARP. A few years later, the group decided to change the name to Information Security for London (ISfL).

ISfL seeks to support the pooling of its members efforts by working together to achieve the same information security goals. In this way the group makes the most of shared knowledge and experience, saving time and money.

ISfL collaborate wherever possible and have achieved a number of success stories including a well received and popular annual conference, the ISfL Protective Marking Methodology and the ISfL BYOD Toolkit as well as raising skills and awareness in the areas of information assurance, governance and security.

ISfL sees itself as a leader in public sector cyber security thinking, and embraces its WARP roots in working with other public sector WARPs in the UK.


Photo of ISfL 2018 Exhibition Area




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