Calendar

Sep
6
Thu
2018
AFCEA London – September 2018- Brig Sara Sharkey @ MOD - Henry VIII Winecellar
Sep 6 @ 18:00 – 21:00

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one that is most responsive to change.”   (Charles Darwin)

This is the first monthly meeting of the new 2018 / 2019 season and we are delighted that Brig Sara Sharkey – Head of Application Services & DevOps – ISS, has agreed to be our guest speaker.

Defence needs hybrid applications platforms and multi-grained services that can be exploited through standard interfaces (APIs), it needs a DevOps culture and Agile Delivery in order to be responsive to change.  Pockets of DevOps and Agile excellence exist around the Defence estate, but to be a truly information centric organisation, enabled by information services, significant changes are needed to succeed at an enterprise level.  Brig Sara will explore the ends, ways and means and provide a view on where Defence sits on an “Information as an Enabler Maturity model” today.

Brig Sara Sharkey has served in the British Army for 27 years.  A Royal Signals Communicator by background, she moved into the Applications layer initially as Commanding Officer 10 Signal Regiment and then moving to transform the Army’s Software House.

During her 4 year tenure in Army HQ, she led a revolution from waterfall, monolithic projects to stand up an Army Private Cloud, a Dev Ops engine room and an agile delivery regime that released over £30M of savings into one value stream alone.

Brig Sara is currently Head of Applications Services and DevOps at ISS, where she is charged with delivering Applications Hosting and associated DevOps & on-boarding capabilities as key components of Defence as a Platform (DaaP).  This will span best of breed in house capabilities and embrace Cloud services.

She is also charged with delivering uplifts in apps & data-based capability for Command & Control, Medical Information Services, Identity & Access Management and Training & Education IS (Defence Learning & Management), where the architectural approach is to create a loosely coupled eco system of micro services and COTS applications that share services and operate through the single information environment – all underpinned by SAFe and Agile Delivery methodologies.

 

London evening meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of each month – this entry will be updated as more information becomes available!

Sep
13
Thu
2018
AFCEA West – Sep 2018 – How the Defence Cyber Protection Partnership is Securing the Supply Chain – Phil Blunden @ Brickhampton Golf Club
Sep 13 @ 18:45 – 21:15

How the Defence Cyber Protection Partnership is Securing the Supply Chain -Phil Blunden

In 2017, MOD introduced a mandatory requirement aimed at providing cyber security assurance across the Defence Supply Chain. This presentation covers MOD’s Cyber Security Model, intended to protect intellectual property and critical suppliers. Not a technical presentation!

Speaker Details – Phil Blunden, Communications Manager, joined the Defence Cyber Protection Partnership in November 2017. Previously spent five years as a Computer Security Analyst in Joint Forces Command and ten years developing applications. He completed an Open University degree in 2013, is a school governor and an Ally on MOD’s LGBT Committee.

Presentation and dinner £25.00 (discount for active serving members)

AFCEA UK West 13 Sept 2018

Click here to download or print the poster/booking form – (opens in new tab)

  • Venue:

Brickhampton Golf Club
Cheltenham Road
Churchdown GL2 9QF

  • Timings:

Pre-meeting drinks 18:45
Presentation 19:30
Dinner approx 20:15

Oct
4
Thu
2018
AFCEA London – Oct 2018 – AGM & Monthly Meeting – Land Systems Reference Centre (LSRC) a joint presentation between MoD & Industry @ Naval Club
Oct 4 @ 18:00 – 21:00

AGM & Monthly Meeting

Land Systems Reference Centre (LSRC) a joint presentation between MoD & Industry

(Please note that the dress code for gentlemen is business suit / jacket & tie and the equivalent for ladies. No jeans, t-shirts or trainers.)

Following on from our short AGM, there will be a joint presentation between MoD & Industry about the Land Systems Reference Centre (LSRC).  Our guest speakers are from MoD; Sopra Steria and iTrinegy. The presentation will discuss the benefits of an MOD owned test facility and how test is essential for providing effective communications on deployed operations, whilst reducing the risk that deployed personnel are asked to use sub-optimal CIS.

The Land Systems Reference Centre (LSRC) provides the MOD with an independent through life ‘System of Systems’ Test and Reference service.   It delivers an appropriate test, integration and transition capability that assures release packages for introduction onto the Defence Network and in support of operations and exercises.

From providing direct support to deployed operations, conducting problem identification and resolution activities and hosting Mission Rehearsals through to assisting research and development programs to bring innovation to Defence, the LSRC is well placed to support any MOD sponsored CIS Project.  Well-appointed, the LSRC is a purpose built secure building with suitably qualified and experienced personnel, reference equipment that mirrors that which is held at readiness for Contingent Operations, connectivity to the MOD’s fixed infrastructure and the test tools necessary to both monitor a system under test and to constrain and congest it to closely emulate the network conditions in which deployed systems have to operate; it is uniquely placed to de-risk Defence C4ISR.

Over the 20 years of the LSRC’s existence, the systems being supported by the facility have changed many times but the need for independent, repeatable testing remains.  The LSRC provides a range of test capabilities, underpinned by the use of ‘best of breed’ test equipment, that ensures that the MOD is able to manage its CIS systems.

Oct
18
Thu
2018
AFCEA West -Oct 2018 – Cancelled @ Brickhampton Golf Club
Oct 18 @ 18:45 – 21:15

Event Cancelled (15 Oct 2018)

The chapter committee regret that this event has had to be cancelled.  Contact the Secretry via links at https://uk.afceachapters.org/uk-chapters/west-chapter/west-committee/ should you need to!

 

 

CISO as Parent! – Dr Andrea Simmons – i3GRC

There have been a number of presentations delivered and reviews made available looking at the changing role of the CISO (at RSA, in various online resources etc). To the speaker’s knowledge, none so far have looked at the role of the CISO in terms of that of a parent. This talk will take a humorous look at the correlations as an opportunity to widen discussion regarding the changing CISO role in the context of industry professionalisation. A key parental goal is to create a fully functioning self-sustaining member of society – if only all our interactions with our internal customers followed this path – rather than the permanent tie to the apron strings!

Speaker Details  -Dr Andrea Simmons

Andrea is an experienced information governance, risk and compliance (GRC) specialist with expertise in designing and delivering Data Protection/EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance frameworks, Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA) and Freedom of Information (FoI), Information Assurance (IA), Records Management and Information Security management programmes, training content, strategy and planning and running global CISO office(s). She has wide experience in the private and public sector, spanning UK and global roles, implementing compliance programmes and information security management systems (ISMS). Andrea is author of two practical information security books, Achieving Best Practice in Public Sector Information Security, Ark Group Publishing, ISBN 978-1-906355-39-5 and Once more unto the Breach – Managing Information Security in an uncertain world, ISBN: 978-1-849283885, http://www.itgovernance.co.uk/products/3901 with a third planned to address the findings from PhD Research addressing the history of Information Assurance and how professionalism has changed (or not) to address the fluid requirements of achieving cyber security and privacy in an “always on” world.

 

Presentation and dinner £25.00 (discount for active serving members)

AFCEA UK West 18Oct2018

Click here to download or print the poster/booking form – (opens in new tab)

  • Venue:

Brickhampton Golf Club
Cheltenham Road
Churchdown GL2 9QF

  • Timings:

Pre-meeting drinks 18:45
Presentation 19:30
Dinner approx 20:15

Oct
23
Tue
2018
AFCEA South / RSI – “5G – The Future of Communications” – Prof Andy Sutton – Principal Network Architect, BT Technology @ Princess Mary Hall. Blandford
Oct 23 @ 16:00 – 18:00

Speaker – Professor Andy Sutton, Principal Network Architect, BT

Professor Andy Sutton is a Principal Network Architect within BT Technology where he is responsible for 5G end to end network architecture, RAN architecture evolution along with mobile backhaul strategy and architecture. He holds an MSc in mobile communications from the University of Salford and has over 30 years of experience within the telecommunications industry.  His research interests include; distributed and centralised RAN and core network architectures and protocols, network dimensioning, QoS and mobile backhaul (optical transmission, microwave and millimetre wave radio systems, interfaces and protocols along with synchronisation and time distribution in telecommunications networks). He also works on low latency and ultra-reliable networks architecture and design.  Professor Andy Sutton is a Visiting Professor at the University of Salford and a research mentor at the 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and holds Fellowships from the BCS, IET and ITP.  Andy contributes to International telecommunications standardisation activities and several industry forums, he has published three books (a fourth is in development) and many conference and journal papers.   He also has an interest in the history and heritage of telecommunications.

Free to all Blandford Garrison Personnel, RSI and AFCEA Members.

Nov
1
Thu
2018
AFCEA London – Nov 2018 – Tony Wheeler – Director Defence Sector, LUCIAD / Hexagon Geospatial @ Naval Club
Nov 1 @ 18:00 – 21:00

Tony Wheeler – Director Defence Sector, LUCIAD / Hexagon Geospatial

Defence objectives surrounding NEC have been too focused upon the network: the consequent deployment of networked C4ISR capability has been slow to say the least.  Now, as we move towards an era of 5th generation fighters and dreamed of ISR products we need geospatial capability that can cope with the dynamic and big data of military operations that are fed by a sensor-rich battlefield.

This presentation will discuss how modern powerful standards-based systems can now provide the warfighter with interoperable, stunning and timely map-based displays.  Techniques and modern tools that can significantly enhance understanding and deliver powerful controls to enable Assistive Visual Analysis will be demonstrated.  Relevant lessons from operations will be drawn upon to highlight key points.

Tony Wheeler, the Director Defence Sector for Hexagon, is a retired RAF Wing Commander pilot and C4ISR expert, with relevant operational experience from the conflicts in Libya and Afghanistan.  After an initial career flying fighters and as a pilot instructor, he went on to specialise in C2 systems and established the UK MOD C2 Battlelab (C2BL).  Whilst there, he led the team helping to optimise the Tactics Techniques and Procedures (TTPs) that described how to exploit the C4ISR systems available for British forces in ISAF: this work helped inform the Afghan Mission Network (AMN) efforts.

During the time at the C2BL he was involved in the development of many C4ISR systems and led a major capability upgrade of the NATO Integrated Command and Control (ICC) system to add powerful easy to use COP capability.  During a subsequent tour in Afghanistan he led the project to connect this new ICC COP to many networked C4ISR services and went on to deploy ICC COP capability across ISAF.

Tony now supports the development of Luciad geospatial products that have for years been embedded in many NATO and national C4ISR systems to support the warfighter.

Please note that the dress code for gentlemen is business suit / jacket & tie and the equivalent for ladies. No jeans, t-shirts or trainers.

Nov
6
Tue
2018
AFCEA Europe – Technet 2018 – Sorrento
Nov 6 – Nov 7 all-day

Challenging the Situational Awareness on the Sea – from Sensors to Analytics

New technologies for data gathering, dissemination, sharing and analytics in the Mediterranean theatre

Venue: Hilton Sorrento Palace, Italy

More  details at https://www.afcea.org/event/TNE18-home

 

Nov
8
Thu
2018
AFCEA West – Nov 2018 – CISO as Parent! – Dr Andrea Simmons – i3GRC @ Brickhampton Golf Club
Nov 8 @ 18:45 – 21:15

CISO as Parent! – Professional Challenges… – Dr Andrea Simmons – i3GRC

There have been a number of presentations delivered and reviews made available looking at the changing role of the CISO (at RSA, in various online resources etc). To the speaker’s knowledge, none so far have looked at the role of the CISO in terms of that of a Parent. This talk will take a tongue in cheek look at the correlations as an opportunity to widen discussion regarding the changing CISO role in the context of industry professionalisation. A key parental goal is to create a fully functioning self- sustaining member of society – if only all our interactions with our internal customers followed this path – rather than the permanent tie to the apron strings! All this is in the context of there being those who have never even heard of the role…

Speaker Details  -Dr Andrea Simmons

Andrea is an experienced information governance, risk and compliance (GRC) specialist with expertise in designing and delivering Data Protection/EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance frameworks, Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA) and Freedom of Information (FoI), Information Assurance (IA), Records Management and Information Security management programmes, training content, strategy and planning and running global CISO office(s). She has wide experience in the private and public sector, spanning UK and global roles, implementing compliance programmes and information security management systems (ISMS). Andrea is author of two practical information security books, Achieving Best Practice in Public Sector Information Security, Ark Group Publishing, ISBN 978-1-906355-39-5 and Once more unto the Breach – Managing Information Security in an uncertain world, ISBN: 978-1-849283885, http://www.itgovernance.co.uk/products/3901 with a third planned to address the findings from PhD Research addressing the history of Information Assurance and how professionalism has changed (or not) in response to the fluid requirements of achieving cyber security and privacy in an “always on” world.

 

Presentation and dinner £25.00 (discount for active serving members)

AFCEA UK West 8Nov2018-1

Click here to download or print the poster/booking form – (opens in new tab)

  • Venue:

Brickhampton Golf Club
Cheltenham Road
Churchdown GL2 9QF

  • Timings:

Pre-meeting drinks 18:45
Presentation 19:30
Dinner approx 20:15

Dec
6
Thu
2018
AFCEA London – Dec 2018 – AFCEA London Chapter Corporate Networking Reception Air Cdre John (JW) Wariner – Air 38 Gp A6 AO @ Australian High Commission
Dec 6 @ 18:00 – 21:00

AFCEA London Chapter Corporate Networking Reception

Air Cdre John (JW) Wariner – Air 38 Gp A6 AO

Dec
13
Thu
2018
AFCEA West – Dec 2018 – The Continuous Need for Dynamic and Intelligence-led Cyber Controls Testing – Peter Williamson CEO, SecureCloud+ @ Brickhampton Golf Club
Dec 13 @ 18:45 – 21:15
 The Continuous Need for Dynamic and Intelligence-led Cyber Controls Testing
Peter Williamson CEO, SecureCloud+

There are many cyber risk and controls frameworks to choose from such as NIST and ISF. No one can argue with the common sense approach of choosing one and implementing it. But many companies still apply controls with little reference to the risks they are designed to mitigate. Therein lies a danger as the hazards that trigger cyber risk events continue to grow, change and evolve.

About the speaker

Peter began his career in computers and communications in 1979 after leaving the Royal Navy. He has a reputation for fast and successful delivery of secure managed ICT services at all Government Security Classification tiers in the UK and military operations overseas. He has assembled a team at SecureCloud+ that includes some of the leading technologists and service delivery practitioners of secure managed services, supported by a trusted ecosystem of technology and service delivery partners.

  • Responsible for securing multi-million pounds enduring managed service contracts for secure systems across public sector including the MOD, Foreign and Commonwealth Officeand the British Council.
  • Delivered the service management upgrade to the CORTEZ Base ISTAR network which was essential for military force protection across 26 sites in Southern Afghanistan between 2010 – 2014.
  • Peter has won contracts for secure email services, remote access, transition from X400 to Active Directory and information security and IDAM into the MOD since 1998.

Presentation and dinner £25.00 (discount for active serving members)

AFCEA UK West 13Dec2018

Click here to download or print the poster/booking form – (opens in new tab)

  • Venue:

Brickhampton Golf Club
Cheltenham Road
Churchdown GL2 9QF

  • Timings:

Pre-meeting drinks 18:45
Presentation 19:30
Dinner approx 20:15