Rethinking Cybersecurity: Threats and Challenges in 2016



TIME: 13:00 – 14:00, Wednesday 16th December 2015

VENUE: Committee Room 17, House of Commons, Westminster, London

Mark Brown,
 Executive Director – Cyber Security & Resilience, Ernst & Young LLP
Daniel Selman, Cyber Industry Deputy Head, Ministry Of Defence
Dr Lydia Kostopoulos
, Assistant Professor, Institute of International and Civil Security

Chloe Smith MP (Chair)

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Cybersecurity risks are become an increasing problem, with both businesses and national infrastructure the constant targets of cyber-attacks from criminals, terrorist groups and rogue regimes. The Sony and Ashley Madison hacks are but just two recent examples. With the threat of data loss and attacks continuing to rise, how best can businesses and states respond to the challenge and what are the next steps in safeguarding our cyberspace? As traditional methods of cybersecurity are found to be wanting, new perspectives will need to be considered, and the threats and challenges seen recently will need to be considered to understand how best to manage our cybersecurity to ensure that business and national security interests are kept safe.

By kind invitation of Chloe Smith MP, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to a meeting with Mark Brown, Daniel Selman and Dr Lydia Kostopoulos, who will be shedding some light on what we can expect in the area of cyberthreats and best practice for resolving them in 2016. Please RSVP to Please note RSVPs must include your full name and any affiliations including for any guests you wish to bring. We will send a confirmation which will be required to attend the event.

Speaker Biographies

Mark Brown is an Executive Director within the Risk Advisory practice and leads EY’s focus on Cyber Security and Resilience within UK & Ireland.  He provides cyber security consultancy and assurance in large security programmes with a particular focus on the business impacts of cyber security risks.

He joined EY in March 2012 from his previous role as Chief Information Security Officer at SABMiller. Mark’s experience in global information security strategy transformation, enterprise risk management, information security management and the application of enterprise wide Information security governance models, and associated control solutions, enables him to provide insightful, pragmatic advice to clients on the paradigm of right-sizing Information security within business.

An industry recognised leader in his field, Mark is regularly asked to present at international Information security conferences. He delivers thought leadership on how he has developed and implemented global information security strategies, transforming the function from reactive IT functions, to pro-active business enablement functions. In 2011, he was recognised as SC Magazine Europe’s Information Security Person of the Year.

 Daniel Selman initially trained as a Librarian and worked for libraries in the university, newspaper, film and TV industry before joining the Ministry of Defence as the Enquiry Team Manager. He also worked as the Manager of the MOD internet and intranet teams before he moved in 2008 into the world of Information Assurance, jointly leading the MOD’s response to the Burton Report and Data Handling Review and developing a focus on incident management, industry engagement and information security policy.  He spent two years working as the Chief of Staff to the MOD Chief Information Officer before moving to his current role leading the MOD input to the Defence Cyber Protection Partnership – both a Government and Industry initiative to improve the protection of the defence sector from cyber threat.

Dr Lydia Kostopoulos is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of International and Civil Security (IICS) and the Communications and Outreach Coordinator for the Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI). She has worked on the creation of several cyber escalation table top exercises on key threats to critical infrastructures and national security and continues to engage the cyber community. Prior to joining IICS she taught Cyber Intelligence, Information Operations, Propaganda and Disinformation, Counterintelligence at the American Military University.


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