The RANT Conference 2014

11th June 2014


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 2014

  • 8:30am - 9:15am
  • 9:15am - 9:20am
    Acumin Welcome

    Do you know what RANT is all about? Just a 5 minute welcome note to provide an understanding of the RANT concept, why we started it and why you are part of it.

  • 9:20am - 9:50am
    Mindreading Robots & Wobbly Interfaces

    The emerging combination of Mind Reading Technologies and Robotics will change everything about how we interact with technology. The use of Subconscious Responses will make interaction more responsive and playful but also more mysterious, illusory, opaque, and potentially insecure. This RANT draws on Stuart’s work with Robots in Public Spaces, Mindreading Robots, Physical Deception, and Subconscious Interfaces to argue that we need to consciously design deception and illusion into the next generation of interfaces or we risk building it in accidentally without understanding it. To do this we need to consider Illusion Design as a discipline that extends far beyond the realm of the sparkly boxes of the stage magician.

  • 9:50am - 10:35am
    Analogies LIVE

    The Analogies Project recently attracted its 50th contributor and during this panel, five of those contributors will offer their views on awareness, communication and of course analogies on information security with live analogies and interactive discussion on their impact.

  • 10:35am - 11:05am
    Networking Break
  • 11:05am - 12:00pm
    The Psychology of Identity Management

    Aiming to tackle your FUQs (Frequently Unanswered Questions)

  • 12:00pm - 12:30pm
    Is privacy dead? – If so, why did you kill it?

    Ever since privacy has existed, so too have there been people who what to know what is so secret that you don’t want anyone else to know. Over the last ten years, users of the internet have not protected the contents of their communication to their recipients. This has not been helped by the encryption technology in use being weakened by those who have influence. Further, in that same period, social network giants have slowly been changing the rules to get their users to share more and more, sometimes with their consent, and other times without. In their efforts to cloud the issues, the biggest culprits try to confuse the discussion by talking about how they care about Security (not Privacy) as if they are the same thing, and trying to give users a false sense of confidence. Consequently, these and other factors have led to the headlines in the media which state that Privacy is Dead, get over it!

    In this RANT session I will uncover some of the many knives that different actors have tried to stick into the back of Privacy, and why Privacy is not dead and won’t be dead for any of us unless each of us as security professionals kill it for ourselves. We should be standing up for Privacy, and showing others how they can do so too.

  • 12:30pm - 1:00pm
    People Hacking

    The Good, the Bad and the Gullible – How the next generation of Social Engineers are getting past your gates…

    Social Engineering has always been a major threat to organisational security, relying on the “human element” as the vulnerable point in defences.  It has always used elements of persuasion, influence and psychology to gain access to people, information and premises and is difficult to prevent, detect and defend.

    As technological methods of protection evolve, people hacking is an increasingly popular attack method, and the new generation of social engineers have an incredible toolkit at their disposal to do their job more quickly and efficiently.

    From the latest research in cognitive biases to the tricks of the stage illusionist and new discoveries about the brain and our emotional behaviour, this RANT will expose exactly what you are up against and why your digital defences can’t protect you.

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Has RANT Got News For You
  • 3:00pm - 3:30pm

    A RANT about how you are making the arrival of our robot overlords more likely and the outcome for puny humans worse!

  • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
    The Snowden Operation – was the NSA contractor a hero or a traitor?

    Edward Snowden and his “Snowdenista” followers have got it wrong. The biggest threat to world peace is not America and the NSA is not a rogue agency. All countries spy, and they have never explained why it is in the public interest to expose how democracies spy on dictatorships. Indeed, if we had spied more on Russia in recent years, we might not have been caught napping in Ukraine. The accusations of illegal mass surveillance are wrong too. America has the toughest system of intelligence oversight in the world. In all their revelations they have not shown a single example of individual Americans having their privacy deliberately and illegally violated. The Snowdenistas also fail to appreciate the damage they have done in aiding and abetting the single biggest disaster in the history of Western intelligence. Though I cannot prove that Snowden was in cahoots with Russian intelligence, at a minimum he deserves hard questions, not adulation.

  • 4:00pm - 4:30pm
    Networking Break
  • 4:30pm - 5:00pm
    The Art of Malware
  • 5:00pm - 5:30pm
    How to be a Successful Optimist

    When Darwin said ‘survival of the fittest’ he was very clear he meant ‘survival of the most agile’  – and for business this lesson will become increasingly stark as new technologies and societal trends make existing business models obsolete. Creating a culture of true innovation and creativity is no longer a ‘nice to have’, it’s a matter of survival. Mark will cover the eight principles of organisational agility that will help you prosper as others fall victim to rapid change, drawing on examples from the worlds of art, commerce and science.

  • 5:30pm - 5:35pm
    Acumin Close
  • 5:35pm - 7:00pm
    Closing Comedy Speech & Networking Drinks

    Several years ago, Award-Winning Writer and Stand-Up Comedian Bennett Arron was in serious debt. He owed thousands of pounds to phone companies, catalogues and department stores. Only it wasn’t him. Bennett was a victim of Identity Theft, the fastest growing crime in the UK. The result of this theft was that Bennett and his pregnant wife became penniless and homeless.

    Years later, Bennett wrote a comedy show about his experience. The show, a disturbingly true yet funny account of what it’s like to have your identity stolen, was critically acclaimed at the Edinburgh Festival and led to Bennett being asked to direct a Documentary for Channel 4.

    In the Documentary, How To Steal An Identity, Bennett proved, through a series of stunts, how easy the crime of ID Theft is to carry out. He also managed to steal the identity of the then Home Secretary, Charles Clarke – and was subsequently arrested!

    The Documentary was Pick of The Week in The Guardian and The Telegraph and was called ‘Fascinating and Disturbing’ by the TV Times. Bennett was shortlisted for a BAFTA.

    Bennett has performed at corporate events all around the UK and was the Guest Speaker at the International Fraud Convention in Italy and the International Congress On Anti-Fraud & Anti-Corruption in Poland. Most recently he spoke at Infosecurity Europe and was the Opening Keynote Speaker at Auscert in Queensland, Australia. He has appeared on SKY News, Channel 4 News, Lorraine, 3@3, Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live.

  • 7:00pm - 9:55pm
    Dinner & Evening Entertainment with the ‘Beta Males’ (Pre Book Only)

    Join us for a delicious meal, a glass of wine or two and enjoy some light entertainment with the ‘Beta Males’.

    The Beta Males are writer-performers John Henry Falle, Adam Blampied, Richard Soames and Guy Kelly with writer Tom Clarke.

    They’ve had 5 sell out, 5 star Fringe shows. As a group they’ve starred on the Radio 4 series Sketchorama, sold out The Soho Theatre and Pleasance’s Main House and performed twice on BBC Radio 4 Extra’s Comedy Club.

    Available by pre-booking only –  book now to avoid disappointment!


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200 Aldersgate
St. Pauls
London EC1A 4HD

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Great atmosphere and great conversation sparked by the RANT topic, irrespective of whether the speakers manage to hold their own or get demolished by the audience!

Paul Green, a regular RANT attendee

Thank you for the invitation to the excellent event on Thursday evening - I particularly enjoyed the opening by Stephen Bonner. Not a sales pitch. Funny. And insightful. Plus a fabulous venue. Well done.

Steve Hill