• Dr Christopher Ahlberg
    Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
    Recorded Future
    Date: 18 September 2018
    Time: 1300 – 1340 hrs
    Venue: MR300 - 302, Level 3

    Dr Christopher Ahlberg is the CEO of Recorded Future, Inc. and Chairman of Hult International Business School. He advises a series of start-up companies. Earlier Ahlberg was the president of the Spotfire Division of TIBCO, which he founded in 1996 and in 2007 sold to TIBCO (Nasdaq: TIBX). Spotfire was founded based on his ground-breaking research on information visualisation. Dr Ahlberg earned his doctorate from Chalmers University of Technology, worked as a visiting researcher at the University of Maryland, and has lectured and consulted extensively for industry, academia, military, and intelligence communities - as well as published & lectured in computer science, cybersecurity, psychology, linguistics, biology, and chemistry. He has five granted software patents, and multiple pending.

    Dr Ahlberg was named among the World's Top 100 Young Innovators by Technology Review, MIT's Magazine of Innovation in 2002. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.


    In November 2017, Recorded Future examined the publication speed of China’s National Vulnerability Database (CNNVD) and discovered that China had a process for evaluating whether high-threat vulnerabilities had operational utility in intelligence operations before publishing them. Six months later, Recorded Future revisited that analysis, finding that CNNVD had altered their initial vulnerability publication dates in what we assess is an attempt to cover up that evaluation process.

    By retroactively changing the original publication dates on these statistical outliers, CNNVD attempted to hide the evidence of this evaluation process, obfuscate which vulnerabilities the MSS may be utilizing, and limit the methods researchers can use to anticipate Chinese APT behaviour.

    This presentation will evaluate this large-scale manipulation of vulnerability data, which undermines trust in the CNNVD process and could compromise security operations relying solely on the CNNVD for that information.

  • Les Anderson
    Chief Security Officer
    Date: 19 September 2018
    Time: 1500 - 1540 hrs
    Venue: MR311, Level 3

    Les Anderson is BT’s vice president of cyber and chief security officer. He leads BT’s integrated global 24x7 cyber operations centre, incident response and security practice, including ethical hacking, security policy and information assurance.

    Les recently said: “The security threat landscape is fast moving and ever-changing. A steady stream of high profile hacks and headlines over the past 18 months should leave little doubt about the importance of robust cyber-defence and governance. Now, more than ever, cyber security needs to be firmly on the radar of both board-room executives as well as Government. I am delighted that BT as a leading global communications and security company has security and cyber at the top of its agenda".

    Les has 27 years’ experience working as a technologist and programme manager in the UK’s intelligence, security and defence community. He joined BT from GCHQ, the UK Government’s signal intelligence and security agency where he was instrumental in developing and delivering complex and pioneering IT security capabilities. Prior to joining GCHQ, Les also served for 10 years at UK Ministry of Defence’s research agency. Here he developed novel IT security capabilities and managed large scale defence procurements.


    A business falls victim to a ransomware attack every 40 seconds. The threats are changing constantly and there’s an acceleration in the production of new attacks, especially those that regularly evolve to evade security controls which can’t keep up.

    Faced with such a range of threats, it’s easy to focus on technology investment. Firewalls, anti-virus, malware detection, DDoS protection, and every other kind of technology to try to prevent a potential breach.  But is this enough?

    BT’s radically changed its approach to investment and organisation to meet and keep pace with this rapid evolution.  Protecting not only its own estate but also governments, large business and nations.  We recognise that security isn’t just about technology. It’s also about people, partnerships, intelligence and expertise.  Les will share his insights about by putting people at the heart of protecting what matters most, you can stay ahead of the changing threat landscape.

  • Dr Ruo Ando
    Associate Professor
    National Institute of Informatics
    Date: 19 September 2018
    Time: 1200 - 1240 hrs
    Venue: MR300 - 302, Level 3

    Ruo Ando is associate professor of NII (National Institute of Informatics) by special appointment in Japan. He has Ph.D of computer science. Before joining NII, Before joining NII, he worked as senior security researcher of National Institute of  Information and Communication Technology since 2006. He was engaged in research project supported by US AFOSR in 2003 (Grant Number AOARD 03-4049). He has presented his researches in PacSec2011 (BitTorrent crawler) and GreHack2013 (DNS security). He was co-presenter of SysCan2009 and FrHack2009 (Virtual machine instrospection). He has published academic papers in Usenix, IEEE, ACM, LNCS, etc. His current research interest is network security. He served as reviewer of Springer Journal, Willey Journal of Security and Communications Networks and IEEE transactions of Information Forensics and Security.


    Leveraging Threat Intelligence in organisations promises to enhance and improve the effectiveness of security operations. But there are many pitfalls and challenges that need to be addressed. This presentation will introduce the key challenges and provide insights to address them.

    Key concepts:

    • Threat Intelligence collection quality, processes to highlight machine-learning and automated techniques while enhancing human vetting and enrichment
    • Integration between collection, enrichment and action in the network security infrastructure including firewalls, IPs, client-based protections
    • Highlight insights of threat intelligence deployments and enrichment techniques at NII Japan
    • Highlight future opportunities for organisations to consider in leveraging TI more effectively to protect organisations using camouflage techniques
  • Eugene Aseev
    Chief Technology Officer
    Date: 19 September 2018
    Time: 1420 - 1500 hrs
    Venue: MR303 - 304, Level 3

    Eugene is currently CTO of Chainstack, an enterprise platform for managing blockchain networks. Previously he was Vice President of Engineering at Acronis, where he created novel data protection solutions. Eugene has vast experience in building and leading top R&D teams on a global scale, and a passion to lead research, build new products, as well as working with global innovators and research groups. Prior to Acronis, Eugene headed the Security Research team at GeoEdge and was Head of Anti-Malware Team in the leading security company. Eugene holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Bauman Moscow State Technical University and a CISSP certification.


    Blockchains have attracted overwhelming global interest within the governments and businesses, with applications in key industries, such as finance, insurance, logistics, energy and transportation. The blockchain technology is foreseen as a key component of future smart cities and companies by enhancing the security, data management and process automation.

    However, there is still a number of challenges on multiple stages that need to be solved prior to substantial adoption of blockchain technology in the enterprise, starting from scalability and manageability of blockchain networks up to integration, privacy and compliance issues. These and other challenges will be discussed in the talk, together with existing and future approaches to solve them.