Keynote Roundup: Levison Wood

Infosecurity Europe

Keynote Roundup: Levison Wood, Explorer, Photographer and Writer

Missed Levison Wood’s keynote on Perceptions of Risk, Resilience and Operational Security? Not to worry, here’s an overview of all the key points.

What was covered in your Infosecurity Europe keynote?

  • A look at how risk and resilience is formed against a backdrop of operational security.
  • Why it is good to embrace risk, how to manage that risk and how to create an incident response plan.

Why is that such an important issue for the industry at the moment?

  • Crisis management and robust incident response plans are important because technology and trends are shifting very quickly the industry needs to think on it’s feet.
  • Software is important in addressing the challenges, but it’s human error and human psychology that is driving the industry at the moment.

What were the key points the audience took away from your session?

  • Taking the concept of risk at a strategic level from experiences in operational field security and applying the same ideas and concepts into information security.

What are your recommendations for anyone out there addressing this issue?

  • You can do four things with risk, avoid it all together, you can accept the risk, you transfer the risk onto someone else or most commonly you can mitigate the risk.
  • To mitigate the risk, look at the risk, find out what the threats are, what your own vulnerabilities are, and understand what impact that can have on you, an organisation or a system, to then figure out how to make that risk more palatable.

How do you think this issue will develop over the next 12 months?

  • Technology is shifting very quickly so it will be about coming back to basics.
  • Appreciating risk and looking at the human elements, humans are the problem.
  • Looking at psychology and how we can implement psychological measures to deal with risk and be one step ahead of the game when dealing with cyber attacks.

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