The RANT Conference 2013

11th June 2013


Building on the success of the monthly RANT Forum, The RANT Conference has been launched to provide senior information security professionals with the opportunity to participate in strategic and technical presentations and interactive panel debates presented by a selection of the industry’s best thought leaders, evangelists and entertaining speakers.  The idea behind the RANT Conference is to discuss pertinent industry topics in a range of formats that encourage participation and controversial debate.


The RANT Conference 2013

  • 8:00am - 9:00am
    Registration & Breakfast

    Collect your badge and welcome pack, grab a coffee and some breakfast, meet our sponsors and find the best seat available for the exciting day ahead.

  • 9:00am - 9:10am
    Acumin Welcome
  • 9:10am - 9:50am
    The Big Shift

    The future is up for grabs. In a big way. Humanity is about to participate in a change as fundamental as the Industrial Revolution that at the same time will make it seem trivial. This ‘Big Shift’ will change everything for you, your family, your work – and for every institution and every nation. When it’s done, society will be completely re-organised, our institutions necessarily remade, our sense of ourselves radically altered – and the change will come faster than you think. “The future is already here,” said William Gibson, “it’s just not very evenly distributed”. That was 1993. Since then the rate of distribution has been speeding up. And as The Big Shift gathers pace it will hit everyone in quick succession – from urbanite New Yorkers to rural sub-Saharan Africans. This isn’t a first world revolution, it’s a planet-wide upheaval – powered by the democratising power of new technology. It’s a world of programmable data, biology and matter on an unprecedented scale. It’s the most important story of our age because it marks the end of it. If you thought the digital revolution was a big deal you’d better strap yourself in. The security industry has a profoundly important role to play in shaping this future. Indeed, as an industry, it must find a way to ensure we are able to share more of the good (safe printable drugs) and less of the bad (3D printed guns). With mass power, comes mass responsibility. But can your industry step up to the mark?

  • 9:50am - 10:50am
    InfoSec Rock Stars…. The Myth & The Reality

    Is InfoSec the new rock’n’roll? How do you move from the backing vocals of thought leader to the heady heights of being a Rockstar? What are the benefits and downsides to being hailed as a Rockstar? We’ve assembled a panel of people, much too modest to describe themselves as rockstars, but who have their names mentioned in hushed tones and who could each headline an InfoSec Woodstock. This is your chance to hear their stories, ask your questions and discover how many hotel rooms they have trashed!

  • 10:50am - 11:30am
    Networking Break

    Grab a tea, a coffee, or a herbal infusion if you have had enough caffeine by now. Get some snacks and keep up your energy for the sessions ahead.

  • 11:30am - 12:30pm
    State Sponsored Espionage – Panel Discussion

    From Beijing to Baltimore, what impact does State Sponsored Espionage have on our everyday lives? With APT fast becoming the new SOX of the computer security world, will we all be fooled again into solving this problem with snake oil and fast talking vendor sales staff? Our panellists will explore this subject asking; if governments offer enough support, can sufficient control be architected into a typical network and would any of us know if our networks were compromised? We will also explore quick wins to make your network more resilient. APT Snake oil will be available in 10ml bottles at the conference.

  • 12:30pm - 1:00pm
    ‘In Banks we trust – in Trust we bank’ – The role of trust in a risk management strategy

    Do your customers really trust you to hold their personal data? If UK PLC is spending around £4B per annum on information security solutions but losing £21B per year to cyber-crime how are you ensuring that your information security investments are delivering the right ROI? Furthermore, as you look towards attracting the best upcoming talent in the future will your information security strategy enable them to work in the collaborative, social fashion they will expect or will it provide the footprint for inadvertent breach through that lack of trust we all need?

    An independent study recently conducted for Integralis has exposed consumers attitudes to who they trust, or do not trust, to store their personal data. The results reveal some worrying trends suggesting that business isn’t convincing its customers that they will be safe online which may not be a surprise when there is such a loss made on information security spending in the UK. So, do we keep throwing good money after bad? Or is it time to re-think our strategy around risk and trust?

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Networking Lunch

    Perfect time for networking and catching up with old and new colleagues.  Plenty of food available so get refueled and rehydrated ready for the afternoon ahead.  Don’t forget to fill in your feedback forms and have a chat with our sponsors or leave a testimonial with our video recorder!

  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    2013: An Awareness Odyssey: Why is security awareness training still stuck in the airlock of compliance?

    Security awareness is a topic that is guaranteed to evoke a response from information security professionals. All agree that it only works when done properly, but with so many examples of poor training in the industry why is it still being done incorrectly? Is the entire concept of security awareness training outdated and out of touch with the modern user and should a radical new approach be employed? Or are we simply throwing the baby out with the bath water and should we therefore focus on fixing what is broken and reinforcing what works? Join six industry commentators as they discuss and debate the merits and disasters of different approaches to security awareness training.

  • 3:00pm - 3:45pm
    University Challenge

    Join some of the industries most seasoned Information Security Professionals as Jay Abbott, The Master of Challenges for the Cyber Security Challenge UK, puts them through the test against some of Royal Holloway’s finest young graduates.

  • 3:45pm - 4:15pm
    Networking Break

    Have a chat with our sponsors, catch up with colleagues and get that afternoon caffeine fix

  • 4:15pm - 5:00pm
    Mobile Security Debate

    Over the last 18 months, ‘mobile security’ has generated endless column inches and buzz, but does it mean anything for corporate information security. Is it this year’s storm in a teacup or a genuine threat vector? The panel will explore the mobile journey, from device controls to application development, asking important questions along the way such as, “Do users want to even bring their own device”, and “If dev’s aren’t playing the game can or should anyone else”? Are BYOD, MDM, and SDLCs going to offer the comfort and protection your organisation needs, or are they convenient acronyms to help complete purchase orders?  In this session, the team will deviate from the standard RANT format by demonstrating sophisticated, simple and interactive attacks against mobile privacy, debunk the mobile security myths and discuss the pros and cons of these solutions.

  • 5:00pm - 5:30pm
    Cyber war – what is it good for?

    Cyber Pearl Harbour! Cyber 9/11! Cyber Nukes! Cyber! Cyber! Cyber! If you aren’t sick of all the hype then you aren’t paying attention. This rant will:

    • incorporate the worst spin from self-interested groups hyping the problem and missing the real issues.
    • Provide a brief history of the Geneva conventions and the definitions of warfare.
    • Highlight the difference between fraud, theft, riots, espionage and warfare.

    Learn how we can stand up together and stop the madness and do your bit to make war less likely. All that and chocolates.

  • 5:30pm - 5:40pm
    Acumin Close
  • 5:40pm - 7:00pm
    RANT Networking Drinks

    Join us for a beer or a glass of wine and discuss the day’s sessions, register for next year and have a final chat with our sponsors.  Please don’t forget to hand back your completed feedback surveys.

  • 6:30pm - 9:30pm
    Dinner & Entertainment

    Sponsored by Integralis. We are pleased to be able to provide you with an evening of delightful food and comedy entertainment from 18:30 onwards.


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200 Aldersgate
St. Pauls
London EC1A 4HD

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These events are key to keeping awareness of what issues my peers are experiencing and the focus for discussion and delivery.

Adam Saunders, Camelot UK Lotteries Ltd

The other participants all seemed to be there to discuss, share and gain experience and it was refreshing that it didn't feel like anybody was showing off.

A RANT Conference attendee