AI storm in a teacup, neurodiversity the bridge over the cyber skills gap?
Our host Adrian Davis is joined by Brian Higgins, a former Officer at the Serious Organised Crime Agency to talk about Artificial Intelligence and its implications on society and the cybersecurity sector, recent breaches and how the age-old practice of “carbon copy recruitment” is standing in the way of neurodiverse individuals entering the profession.
Our cybersecurity hero of the month, Bridget Kenyon talks about her time as Chief Information Security Officer at University College London, in what she described as being the glue between IT and management, while offering tips and advice on entering the field, as well as the many doors that can lead to the industry.
Dr. Adrian Davis, MBA, FBCS CITP, CISSP, Director of Cybersecurity Advocacy for EMEA
Adrian currently is the "voice of the profession" for (ISC)² in EMEA. He focuses on three key areas: risk management, public policy and education. Previously, Adrian was the Managing Director for the EMEA region at (ISC)², delivering the regional strategy, double digit member growth, increased member education and member satisfaction.
A frequent speaker and contributor on cyber and information security, he is also a published author. Adrian has established varied partnerships and initiatives to amplify (ISC)²'s influence, most-notably in support of: accreditation guidelines referenced by computing science programmes across Europe; educational resources and (ISC)²'s International Academic Programme; and the latest edition of Europe's eCompetence Framework (eCF), now recognised as a European Standard. Working with the EMEA Advisory Council, he has sponsored the development of two member-driven task forces examining GDPR implementation and IoT risk. Adrian is also a co-editor for the International Standards Organisation, assisting in the development of several information security standards within the ISO/IEC 27000 series on supply chain security, professionalism and cyber insurance.
Previously, he was Principal Research Analyst with Information Security Forum.
Brian Higgins JP
Brian worked in international casino roles for eighteen years, until 2008 when he changed careers. He enrolled at Birmingham City University reading Criminal Justice and Criminology and went on to serve as an Officer of the Serious Organised Crime Agency until March 2013.
His postings at SOCA included two years working in Financial Investigations and Anti-Money Laundering and twelve months as a Home Office Communications Data Investigator before completing his time in law enforcement in what is now the National Cyber Crime Unit.
He was subsequently employed as Project Manager for Cyber Security Challenge UK; a Cabinet Office funded Company established to foster and encourage talent in the field of cyber security and is now Business Development Manager EMEA for (ISC)², a global membership organization and accreditation body for cyber security professionals.
Brian was appointed to the Bench in 2005 and served as Trustee of the Magistrates Association from 2015 to 2017. He sits on the Boards of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) UK Chapter and the Women’s Security Society and was a member of the Judicial Security Committee from 2013 to 2016. He sat on the Steering Committee for the for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Young People and Social Technology until 2016. He is also a Restorative Justice Champion and is advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Digital Crime.