Detecting and Investigating Cyber Events

At the end of November, Andrew and Neil headed down to London to attend the latest “Oasis” event organised by Context Information Security. Oasis provides the opportunity for experts in the information security industry to get together and gain exclusive insight into Context’s research.

This event, held at the Churchill War Rooms, gave an insight into the detection and investigation of cyber events, ahead of the changes in EU data privacy laws.

The first presentation, by Ross McKean of Olswang LLP, discussed the forthcoming law changes covering data breaches. In the US, data breach notification laws bring with them hefty fines for failing to notify affected users. There’s currently no law in the EU requiring data breach notification, but that’s about to change with the proposed European notification laws. With the recent Talk Talk breach and other well publicised leaks of data the presentation and discussion gave practical implications for organisations in Europe.

Moving on to a demonstration from Darktrace, a computer system which can detect and investigate threats inside your network. Darktrace’s Enterprise Immune System is helping organisations around the world to become proactive in threat detection and risk mitigation. It was interesting to see the demonstration of how it can monitor a company network and intelligently spot and alert unusual traffic activity by learning how your computer network normally operates.

Finally, an insight from Laura Aylward, Senior Investigative Consultant at Context, discussed methods to measure and improve a company’s incident response capability. An incident response team, CSIRT or SOC will identify who is responsible for detection, assessment and management of security incidents across an entire organisation. The aim is to have the balance between the right people and the right technology.

After the presentations, there was an opportunity to network and then, once the public had left, the chance to explore the extensive Churchill War Rooms and exhibitions.

A summary video has now been made available, along with the presentations of the event on the Context website at http://www.contextis.com/events/oasis/november-2015-london/ (see if you can spot Neil or Andrew in the video).

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