Calendar

Oct
7
Thu
2021
AFCEA London – October 2021 – PwC – Chrissy Morgan – IoT and OT R&D Manager for PwC UK – “Malicious Machines” @ PwC
Oct 7 @ 18:00 – 21:00

AFCEA London Chapter – First face to face meeting.

The second meeting for our 2021 / 2022 Season, will held be on Thursday 7th October and will also be our first “live” event for 18 months, or so.  We are very kindly being hosted by PwC UK, at their 7 Moor London Riverside, London SE1 2RT offices, close to London Bridge Station.  Following the speaker’s presentation, there will be the usual informal networking and drinks reception.  This is a very welcome first step back to something like “normality” for the London Chapter after such a long time.

Our host speaker for the evening will be Chrissy Morgan – PwC’s IoT & OT R&D Manager and the title of her presentation will be “Malicious Machines”.

With the dramatic increase of connected devices and developers pushing the frontiers of what is possible with IoT technology, we need to understand that it is not just the technology that is evolving, so are the threats.

This talk will cover the evolution of IoT malware and research.  The harsh reality is that despite all the advancements, while we are putting out the fires of legacy systems, unpatched hardware or inadequately monitored flat networks, threat actors will exploit new vulnerabilities and adapt their methods to avoid detection.

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Chrissy Morgan is the IoT and OT R&D Manager for PwC UK. She provides strategic technical insight and research into client environments and services within Operational Technology.  She manages the PwC UK IoT/OT Labs, leads our OT research programs and works closely across our national and international teams.  She provides the latest findings from our testing of vendor tooling and is a contributor to improvement and preview programs.  Chrissy has an MSc in Advanced Security and Digital forensics and 19 years’ experience within IT and consulting, working previously with Government, Pharmaceutical, Close protection and Physical Security sectors.

Chrissy has marked achievements for her contribution and research, including winning the (ISC)² Up and Coming Security Professional award and being a SC magazine Top Woman of Cyber Security.  A natural problem solver, she has won multiple technical Capture the Flag tournaments such as the Cyber Security Challenge UK, a BlackHat Challenge Coin, placed Top 5 for Pragyan International CTF and SANS ICS Tournament with her teams.  She is an experienced international speaker and has held IoT hardware hacking workshops with organisations such as The World Economic Forum.

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The running and management of this event will be governed by any covid restrictions that may remain in place at the venue and the number of attendees may be limited.  In the event that we have to limit numbers and we are over-subscribed, priority will be on a “first come first served” basis.  Any unsuccessful bookings will be notified and refunded.

Booking fees will be back to the pre-pandemic levels of £30 for members£40 for non-Members and £25 for gov / mil.  Click here for conditions regarding preferential rates.  We will be accepting pre-paid tickets for those who have them banked.

This meeting is open only to pre-registered attendees and the closing date for bookings is 12:00 – 1st October 2021.

To register, click here for direct access to the booking form.

You will receive an automated confirmation email of your booking

Oct
21
Thu
2021
AFCEA London – October 2021 – Virtual AGM
Oct 21 @ 17:00 – 18:15

AFCEA London Chapter – Virtual AGM.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Elections for the Officers and Committee of the AFCEA London Chapter for 2021/ 2022 will necessarily take a different format.  This year, voting will be conducted via email with the results announced during the virtual AGM, to be held on Thursday 21st October 2021 at 17:00 hrs.  The Election Notice has only been sent to current AFCEA Members shown on the AFCEA International database as being affiliated to the London Chapter as at 31/08/2021

This short meeting is open only to pre-registered attendees and the closing date for bookings is 12:00 – 15th October 2021.  There will be no charge to attend and no guest speaker.

To register, please click here for direct access to the booking form.

You will receive an automated confirmation email of your booking.  An MS Teams meeting hyperlink will be sent to those who register, along with some joining instructions.

Nov
4
Thu
2021
AFCEA London – November 2021- Virtual Meeting – Andy Watkin-Child – How Changes to US Cyber Security Risk Management Regulations Will Impact The UK Defence Industrial Base
Nov 4 @ 17:00 – 18:15

AFCEA London Chapter – Virtual Meeting.

The guest speaker for our meeting on 4th November will be Andy Watkin-Child, Director – The Security Institute.   The title for Andy’s talk will be “How does the UK and European Defence Industrial Base (DIB) address Federal and US DoD cyber regulatory requirements to deliver adequate cyber security?”  Addressing the needs, objectives and goals of the June 2021 Atlantic Charter.

The presentation will bring out the changing US cyber environment, that has developed significantly since Cyber Security Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) was placed on hold ahead of a congressional hearing next month.  It will highlight the recent developments in US cyber legislation and its potential impact.  Andy will speak about the CMMC and existing Defence Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) compliance, Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA), the DoJ’s recent announcement about prosecution under the False Claims Act (FCA), recent Treasury updates associated with ransomware payments and the need for a close working relationship with the US and partners on cyber standards development.

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Andy is a 20-year veteran of cybersecurity, risk management and technology transformation, holding global leadership positions in 1st and 2nd Lines of for cybersecurity (CISO), cyber risk management, operational risk, and technology.  For International organisations including Grupo Santander, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Penguin Random House and Rolls-Royce plc.  Andy is a founding member of the US DoD Cyber Security Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) AB standards working group, developing the CMMC cybersecurity assessment methodology and has been supporting U.S. Federal agencies, Senate Commissions and trade associations evaluate cyber risk strategy and compliance. 

This meeting is open only to pre-registered attendees and the closing date for bookings is 12:00 – 29th October 2021.

There is a nominal £10.00 charge for Non-Members.  AFCEA Members,  Gov & Mil guests continue to enjoy AFCEA UK Chapters’ virtual meetings free of charge.  Please check here for conditions of free attendance.

To register, click on “Tickets” in the Meeting box.  You will be re-directed to the booking form.

You will receive an automated confirmation email of your booking, which will include a personal meeting hyperlink – no password is required.

Nov
11
Thu
2021
AFCEA UK West Chapter – November 2021- Maj Gen (rtd) Peter Williams – Chairman, The BRIXMIS Association @ Brickhampton Golf Club
Nov 11 @ 18:30 – 21:00

AFCEA UK West Chapter – Face-to-Face Meeting.

The next meeting for our 2021 / 2022 Season will be on 11th November at the Brickhampton Golf Club, when our Guest Speaker will be Maj Gen (rtd) Peter Williams – Chairman, The BRIXMIS Association.  The subject of Peter’s talk will be “BRIXMIS” in Cold War East Germany.

Peter’s talk will describe the extraordinary ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ contrast between the formal military-military diplomatic activities of the Mission and its highly successful intelligence collection patrolling out on the ground.

Despite the numerous crises during the Cold War, it was only on the eve of German re-unification in 1990 that the Soviets finally ended the liaison agreements that they had put in place with their wartime Western Allies in 1946.

Peter served twice in BRIXMIS, the British military liaison mission in East Germany, during the 1980s.

The running and management of this event will be governed by any covid restrictions that may remain in place at the time and the numbers of attendees may be limited.

Bookings for this event are now open.  For further information and booking details please see the information below.  A version of the PDF can be downloaded here.

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Dec
2
Thu
2021
AFCEA London – December 2021- Virtual Meeting – Steve Vance – CGI – Big Data Strategy for Defence.
Dec 2 @ 17:00 – 18:15

AFCEA London Chapter – Virtual Meeting.

The guest speaker for our meeting on 2nd December will be Steve Vance – Director Space, Defence and Intelligence, CGI.   The title of Steve’s talk will be “Big Data Strategy for Defence” –Developing big data solutions for MOD processing Cyber, Space and Operational data using Open Source big data platforms, which if developed right, are secure, scalable and avoid vendor lock in enabling Front Line Commands to integrate data silos and sift information advantage from the masses – Fast.

Steve is a software delivery expert, agile technologist and thought leader with over 18 years’ experience developing software and data processing applications for CGI in many domains across Civil, Defence and Space. This has included the use of both propriety but also open source technology which offer a unique opportunity to mitigate risks posed by vendor lock in, benefit from community approaches while being cost effective. Steve has led Agile Teams leveraging such technology for programmes of work supporting MOD Space Domain Awareness, as well as recently leading development for the European Space Agency of a bespoke Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM) for monitoring Global Navigation Satellite System Spectrum such as GPS and Galileo for cyber-attack from GNSS Interference relied on by many Front Line Command Capabilities.

This meeting is open only to pre-registered attendees and the closing date for bookings is 12:00 – 29th November 2021.

There is a nominal £10.00 charge for Non-Members.  AFCEA Members,  Gov & Mil guests continue to enjoy AFCEA UK Chapters’ virtual meetings free of charge.  Please check here for conditions of free attendance.

To register, click on “Tickets” in the Meeting box.  You will be re-directed to the booking form.

You will receive an automated confirmation email of your booking, which will include a personal meeting hyperlink – no password is required.

Dec
9
Thu
2021
AFCEA UK West Chapter – December 2021- Lt Col Andy Mathias, RLC – Army Digital Services **MEETING CANCELLED** @ Brickhampton Golf Club
Dec 9 @ 18:30 – 21:00

AFCEA UK West Chapter – Face-to-Face Meeting.

**********  Please be advised that we have had to cancel the meeting on 9th December. Unfortunately, we did not achieve the minimum attendee number threshold to make this event financially viable. **********

Our December meeting will be on 9th December at the Brickhampton Golf Club, when our Guest Speaker will be Lt Col Andy Mathias, RLC –  Army Digital Services, HQ Army.  Please note the change of speaker from our original posting.

The subject of Andy’s talk will be “Culture and Leadership in software development: The drive towards empowered teams”

Army Digital Services (ADS) is refining and implementing its digital transformation but many challenges and hurdles remain. Some people might think that it’s all about the technology and what that will deliver but that is only a part of the story.

Few would argue that team empowerment is not a critical ingredient in successful delivery of software applications at scale. Nurturing that empowerment must surely be a deliberate activity that needs to resonate not just within the team itself but right throughout the organisation. Achieving this in the right balance, especially against a backdrop of inertia, is ultimately a product of culture and leadership.

This talk will provide a perspective from ADS on:

  • the importance of culture and leadership in setting the conditions for successful empowerment and hence delivery
  • the need to challenge legacy mindsets which act as a barrier to transformation
  • exploiting success as catalyst for growth at scale

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The running and management of this event will be governed by any Covid restrictions that may remain in place at the venue and the numbers of attendees may be limited accordingly.

For further information and booking details please see the information below. A version of the PDF can be downloaded here.

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Jan
13
Thu
2022
AFCEA UK West Chapter – January 2022 – Virtual Meeting – Reid Derby – Strategic Advisor on Innovation and Technology at Golden Valley Development
Jan 13 @ 18:00 – 20:00

AFCEA UK West Chapter – Virtual Meeting.

**Please note that due to the worsening Covid situation, our previously scheduled meeting at Brickhampton Golf Club on 13th January 2022 has been cancelled and we will hold a virtual meeting instead.**

Our Guest speaker will be Reid Derby – Strategic Advisor on Innovation and Technology at Golden Valley Development.  The title of Reid’s presentation is “Mission Driven Innovation in Cheltenham and Beyond: Your place in Golden Valley and the Cyber Tech Ecosystem”.

The Golden Valley Development will create a vibrant pioneering Garden Community integrating hi- tech business, residential and leisure uses. At its heart will be Cyber Central: the UK home of cyber, digital and creative sectors arising from Cheltenham’s international reputation for leadership in cyber innovation. With a significant development site adjacent to GCHQ in a highly accessible location with great connectivity, the opportunity exists to create a destination of global significance. It will require the highest standards of environmental sustainability integrating exemplar homes as part of a thriving and inclusive campus and garden community, defined by its quality in design, public spaces and approach to connectivity both digitally and physically”. Reid will be looking into what this really means and the opportunities for industry across the West of England.

The Meeting will be free for AFCEA Members but there may be a charge for non-members, once the Virtual package has been finalised.

Register your interest to attend with and full details will be provided when available.

For further information see below.

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Jan
27
Thu
2022
AFCEA London – January 2022 – BT – Central London *FULLY BOOKED* @ BT
Jan 27 @ 18:00 – 21:00

AFCEA London Chapter

**Please note that we have reached maximum numbers for this event so we cannot take any more bookings**

BT are again very generously hosting our January AFCEA London Chapter meeting at a “prestigious central London venue”.  This is always a very popular event and will be a great start the New Year, 2022!

Our speaker for the evening will be Maj Gen (rtd) Jonathan (Jon) Cole –  Director, Defence – BT Enterprise and the topic his presentation will be BT’s Sustainability agenda.  Jonathan will build out from the recently launched BT Manifesto and also weave in some other perspectives of how they will achieve this.  See here for more information (opens a new web page).

Jonathan (Jon) Cole is the BT Director for Defence, operating as a part of BT Enterprise. He leads the Profit and Loss account, which includes business development, sales, major bids, service operations and contract management. His business unit currently provides services to Ministry of Defence through Defence Fixed Telecommunications System (DFTS) and Integrated User Services (IUS) and some other contracts that are crucial to Defence’s role.

Jon is excited to be leading his team at a time of great change for Defence. He is committed to working with his customers and partners to help deliver a modern, secure digital backbone that users can exploit in many ways in pursuit of the national interest.

Prior to joining BT he completed a 35 year career in the British Army, culminating at Major General as the Army’s Director for Information, which included being Chief Information Officer at Board level. He had a wide range of operational, policy and acquisition roles, predominantly in Digital & Information Technology, Intelligence and Security. 

A Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Engineering and Technology, he has a BEng(Hons) in Electronics, an MSc in Defence Technology, and an MA in International Security and Strategy.

This meeting is open only to pre-registered attendees.  Due to Covid security precautions currently in place at the venue, the number of attendees will be limited to a maximum of 54 people.  Understandably, this is much lower than in previous years, so places will be offered on a first come first served basis.  In fairness to all, only one booking per person will be accepted.  In the event that we are over-subscribed, we will operate a waiting list.  Any unsuccessful bookings will be notified and refunded.

On-line bookings for this event will close sharp at 17:00 – 21st January.

To register, click here for direct access to the booking form.  You will receive an automated confirmation email of your booking and Joining Instructions will be sent out a few days before the event.

Please note that booking fees for all face-to-face meetings in 2022 have been increased by £5 across the board.  Click here for conditions regarding preferential rates.  We will be honouring existing pre-paid tickets for those who have them banked.

Feb
10
Thu
2022
AFCEA UK West Chapter – February 2022 – Brigadier Philip Muir MBE, Commander 1 (UK) Signal Brigade @ Hub8 Brewery
Feb 10 @ 18:30 – 21:00

AFCEA UK West Chapter – Face-to-Face Meeting.

Following the unavoidable cancellation of our recent planned meetings, the good news is that we’re holding an in-person meeting on the 10 February and have identified a new and interesting venue – the Hub8 Brewery in Cheltenham.  Our guest speaker will be Brigadier Phil Muir MBE, Commander 1 (UK) Sig Bde and Chief G6 HQ ARRC Headquarters 1st (United Kingdom) Signal Brigade.  Brig Muir’s presentation will be “The challenge for 1 (UK) Signal Brigade”

The defence and security landscape has been developing for several years and the changes appear to be accelerating into the future. The Integrated Review highlighted many of the challenges we face and outlined how we were to address them. Technological developments are also accelerating, with the provisioning of ICS in the battlespace needing to match the capabilities that users take for granted in their everyday lives.  To tackle some of these issues there is a requirement for agile thinking, concept development, experimentation, and innovation.

1 (UK) Signal Brigade will be impacted by all these issues and Brig Muir will outline his vision as to how the Brigade will rise to the challenge.

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The running and management of this event will be governed by any Covid restrictions that may remain in place at the venue and the numbers of attendees may be limited accordingly.

For further information and booking details please see the information below.  A version of the PDF can be downloaded here.

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Feb
24
Thu
2022
AFCEA UK Southern Chapter – February 2022 – Brigadier Dan Cheesman CBE RM, Chief Technology Officer, Royal Navy @ The Gurkha Museum
Feb 24 @ 18:30 – 21:00

AFCEA UK Southern Chapter Event.

With the last AFCEA Southern Chapter event at Spinnaker Tower back in early September 2021 fast becoming a distant memory, we thought that it was time for another get together!  We were planning to hold an event in mid-January, but the pre-Christmas arrival of Omicron forced us to hit the pause button.  With Covid restrictions now easing, we feel that we can finally launch our next event.  We are pleased to announce that next AFCEA Southern Chapter meeting will take place on Thursday 24 February at the Gurkha Museum in Winchester.  We are very fortunate to have Brigadier Dan Cheesman CBE RM, the Royal Navy’s CTO, as our guest speaker and his talk is entitled ‘The pace of change and the Royal Navy’.  There will also be an opportunity to have a short tour of the Gurkha Museum and to enjoy some delights of Nepalese cuisine, whilst settling into conversation with colleagues from the defence and security sector across the AFCEA Southern Chapter region.

Brig Cheeseman’s presentation will be ranging wide and deep across the modern Royal Navy and its embrace of technology in an exponential world. Topics will include the Integrated Review, digitisation, autonomy in all environments, novel weapons lethality, modularity (Navy PODS), new commercial models, Type 32, Future Commando Force, Future Maritime Aviation Force, augmented reality, additive manufacturing, quantum time and more.

The running and management of this event will be governed by any Covid restrictions that may remain in place at the venue and the numbers of attendees may be limited accordingly.

For further information and booking details, please see the information below.  A version of the PDF can be downloaded here.

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