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Graham Cluley

Graham Cluley

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Well-respected security analyst and award-winning blogger who has been fighting cyber crime since the 1990s

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Our keynote speaker Graham Cluley has been fighting cyber crime since the early 1990s. He is a well-respected computer security expert, renowned for his award winning blog on computer security news and advice.

Graham Cluley fights cyber crime. He started as a programmer, kickstarting his career by writing the first ever version of Dr Solomon’s Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Since then he has been employed in senior roles by companies such as Sophos and McAfee. In 2011, he was even inducted into the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame.

Now, Graham focuses on raising awareness of threats to computer security with his award-winning blog. Graham is a researcher, podcaster, and public speaker who has given hundreds of talks about computer security for some of the world’s largest companies, worked with law enforcement agencies on investigations into hacking groups, and regularly appears on TV and radio explaining computer security threats. His podcast, Smashing Security, which he makes together with two other computer security veterans, is a great resource on what’s going on with computer security.

A humorous and engaging speaker, Graham Cluley makes fighting cyber crime fun and easy.

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    • If you’re losing sleep over state-sponsored attackers you’re approaching things the wrong way. Yes, intelligence agencies are hacking some firms, but chances are that they’re not interested in yours.
    • Financially-motivated hacks and frauds are on the rise because it has become so easy for attackers to steal large amounts of money. And there’s no need for criminals to know how to write malware to potentially steal millions from your business.
    • Graham Cluley describes the ways high street businesses and financial institutions are being hacked by organised criminals, allowing fraudsters to steal sometimes vast amounts of money, and what you can do to reduce the chances of your firm being the next victim.


    Keynote by Speaker Graham Cluley


    • The glory days of mass-mailed malware, tricking users into believing they were opening a love letter or a photograph of Anna Kournikova are behind us.  Today your company is at risk of being hit by carefully-crafted targeted attack, designed with your business in mind to maximise its potential for success.
    • Drawing upon examples like Sony, TalkTalk and Ashley Madison Graham Cluley describes the damage that can be done to corporations – not just through the theft of customer data and intellectual property, but also to a company’s brand image.
    • Looking to the future, Graham Cluley discusses how all companies have to be aware that they are potentially fighting a new enemy online – the state-sponsored attacker.


    Keynote by Speaker Graham Cluley


    • From back bedrooms to boardrooms, Graham Cluley describes how viruses and trojan horses turned from a schoolboy prank into a threat which could steal secrets from governments, disrupt nuclear facilities in Iran, and even help secret agents assassinate their opponents.
    • Graham Cluley draws on his 25 year history in the anti-virus industry to explain who the malware authors are, how the nature of the attacks are changing, and the steps that organisations need to take to prevent themselves from becoming the next victim.


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    • More and more household items are being connected to the internet, often with little thought regarding security. If not taken seriously, the threat could even be deadly.
    • In the last few months, we have all read headlines of how Jeeps have been remotely hacked while driving at 70mph down the motorway, giving attackers the potential ability to kill the brakes, or interfere with the steering.  Meanwhile millions of vehicles have been recalled because vehicles are becoming the ultimate mobile device – computers that we sit in.
    • We wouldn’t dream of attaching a desktop computer to the internet without having security in place, so how come everything from internet-connected toothbrushes to  smartphone-controlled washing machines and remote control thermostats are fine to plug in?
    • The truth is that “smart” devices have the potential to be very very dumb when it comes to security.  Unlike PC and software vendors who have decades of computer security experience, the manufacturers of these new devices often have little in the way of expertise and yet could still be exposing us and our personal data to the threat of hackers.
    • Graham Cluley describes the threat, and calls upon the manufacturers and developers to take the security of these devices more seriously.

Interview with Graham Cluley

What got you interested in computer security?

When I was studying computing at college there were rumours about things called “viruses”.  No-one seemed sure if they really existed or not, or were an urban myth.  In fact, even Peter Norton once declared that they were as real as the alligators in the New York sewers… a few years before an anti-virus was launched bearing his name!

Around 1990 I joined an internet mailing list where I could see experts discussing the latest malware, and although I had never encountered a virus myself I found the topic fascinating.  Little did I know that within a couple of years I would be hired to write one of the very first anti-virus products for Windows.

What do you think is the biggest threat to computer security right now?

The biggest threat remains the same as it has always been, and probably always will be.  Human beings.  We’re all prone to making silly mistakes, clicking on the wrong link, or being duped by a carefully constructed scam. If only we could roll out a patch to the human brain as easily as we can install security patches on our computers.

How has internet crime changed since its early days?

The biggest change is in the scale of the problem.  When I started in the security industry 25+ years ago there were 200 new viruses every month.  Today there are 400,000 every 24 hours – that’s more than two every second.  Criminal gangs have embraced the internet, and are capable of stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from companies that don’t have adequate defences in place.

Meanwhile, state-sponsored cybercrime is a reality – with intelligence agencies using the internet to spy on their citizens and enemies, gathering information and launching attacks. What we’re witnessing is a conveyor belt of cybercrime, and unless firms and individuals get smarter it’s only going to get worse.

How are your keynote presentations unique?

I like people to have fun during my presentations, as that’s the best way to learn.  It’s all too easy to scare the willies out of people when it comes to hackers and the dark side of the internet, but there are also some illuminating and hilarious stories of how cybercriminals have screwed up, and been caught.  I like to think that I’m serious about what I’m doing, but not necessarily how I go about it.  If my talks help one person secure their business or home computer better then I feel like I’ve done a good day’s work.

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