Mousejacks, skyjackings, headphone and poodle attacks. This may sound like another language that is not relevant to your business! But these are just some of the crucial topics that were discussed at the CYMASS 2017 Security Conference.
Hosted in Dubai in February 2017 by Austability and Emirates Group Security, the two-day conference was the first of its kind in the world.
It featured high-profile speakers with direct knowledge and experience in running security and policing operations for places of mass gathering, and major public and sporting events in the United States, Great Britain, Australia and the world.
The conference was opened with an address by Nick Kaldas, the United Nations Director of Internal Oversight Services, and former Deputy Police Commissioner of New South Wales. Mr Kaldas, urged all business leaders to think about the big picture and to understand that technology dominates society and also the fight against terrorism. He said that leaders need to take charge and lead the way in securing change.
Elaborating on this point, cyber security expert Jorge Sebastiao, who spoke on behalf of Huawei, said it can take companies and organisations years to discover a cyber-attack and by then it can be too late because the targeted data has been extracted.
He warned that cyber hackers these days can intercept anything including the data going from a computer to a printer and then change it, without anyone knowing. He said the information needed to hack others is available to buy on the dark web.
The head of security for the Rugby League World Cup 2017 and former NSW Police Commander, Craig Sheridan, was the next guest speaker. He outlined how the cyber threat had exploded in recent times, and used Wimbledon as an example. He explained how that event has experienced a 300 per cent increase in cyber-attacks on its official website, and ticketing systems were a target of hackers.
During the conference, there was a special demonstration of drone technology which is acknowledged as one of the newest potential threats to mass gatherings. Drone expert and builder, David Melendes, explained how drones are liable to be skyjacked and taken over by others.
There was also information shared about drone perimeter protection technology which is now available, and which can set up an invisible fence around your event or buildings to stop drones. Meredydd Hughes, former UK Police Chief Constable, suggested that the technology that stops air-borne dangers should be part of any standard security plan for public events.
The conference also heard from speakers about where technology is going in the future. Austability’s Executive Director, Analysis and Response, Peter Davies, told the audience that no matter how much knowledge we have now, it will not be enough over the next 10 years to keep ahead of those with sinister intentions.
Former FBI agent Tim Flynn talked about the necessity to use technology to your advantage the same way as criminals do. He also said that future technology will make it easier to determine who or what will be a threat to you or your event.
Mr Flynn suggested that future phones will have sensors that can identify security breaches relating to chemical or biological weapons, and security systems in buildings will have sensors to detect changes in temperature and movement which will be invaluable in preventing an active shooter situation.
Hassan Alnoon, an expert on information security and cryptography warned that wireless computer mouses, headphones and even electronic car keys can be subjected to cyber-attacks by hackers. Mr Alnoon said that businesses need to keep upgrading their security systems because hackers, no matter how good they are, still need a “chink in the armour” to get in.
All the speakers warned that if you are serious about security you need to upgrade your skills and those of your company employees.
Don’t miss out on CYMASS 2018. Taking place 10 and 11 April 2018, contact us for more information and speakers.