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TDSi’s Ian Hoare gains Master’s degree from Bournemouth University

Integrated security manufacturer TDSi has announced that its software analyst and developer Ian Hoare has graduated with a Master’s degree in Cyber Security and Human Factors from Bournemouth University. Hoare’s qualification demonstrates the company’s continued commitment to research, education and training.

TDSi’s managing director John Davies commented: “We’re very proud that Ian has earned his Master’s degree, having worked extremely hard to study alongside his role at TDSi. As a company, we champion education and training as it benefits not only the person and the business, but also the security industry as a whole.”

Hoare elaborated on the significance of his new degree for his role at TDSi. “This new qualification demonstrates that I’m up-to-date with the very latest advances in cloud computing and online security. The TDSi team is always at the forefront of secure software for the modern world, but we’re keen to illustrate this with Continuing Professional Development, giving additional confidence to our customers that all has been done to secure their data.”

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Ian Hoare of TDSi

As part of his graduation process, Hoare produced a dissertation that examines the secure development life-cycle and how it can fit into the agile development process. He commented: “The Agile development process doesn’t allow for any security processes. There’s an argument that it shouldn’t, as it’s an overhead of the initial development.”

Hoare concluded: “However, it’s important to identify and mitigate vulnerabilities within the system, as the financial costs are far greater if vulnerabilities are found after the product is released. This is even more important with the EU’s looming General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into force in May next year.”

Hoare’s Master’s in Cyber Security and Human Factors is just part of an ongoing process of training and research. He concluded: “The cloud environment is continuously changing, with new threats evolving. It’s vital to use this knowledge now and to continuously keep this learning and information updated as technology and security needs evolve.”

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Corporate Risk Associates awarded £70,000 R&D grant for nuclear power plant research

A human factors, safety and risk consultancy that provides services to safety critical industries has been awarded an R&D grant worth almost £70,000 which will see the company make a significant contribution towards improving the safety and operations of civil nuclear power plants.

Thanks to the grant plus some internal funding, UK-based Corporate Risk Associates (CRA) will now be conducting a comprehensive research project designed to significantly enhance the industry’s understanding of potential system failures in nuclear power plants, aiding both plant safety and the uninterrupted supply of electricity.

The grant has been awarded by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency which works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy. The research will be completed throughout the course of this year.

Speaking about the grant, Jasbir Sidhu (CEO and founder of CRA) said: “We’re delighted to have been awarded this grant which will see CRA develop a process to generate realistic reliability estimates of SMART Control and Instrumentation (SC&I) in order to increase the safety levels within nuclear power plants.”

SC&I are intelligent control devices that employ programmable electronic components to collect and process data to enhance performance.

According to Singh, the industry uses assessments of the reliability of engineered systems to understand safety margins. The reliability of SC&I technology is difficult to substantiate due to the inclusion of software, and this leads to an assumption that it performs much worse than is indicated by operational experience.

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Safety Integrity Levels

“Current methods adopted in the industry involve using high confidence values based on Safety Integrity Levels (SILs), as stipulated in standards such as IEC 61508/IEC 61513,” added Singh. “We firmly believe this current method doesn’t give a good indication of the ‘true’ reliability, as SIL figures are considered to be highly conservative. As such, we’re extremely passionate about this project and developing a process that can ensure future decisions are based on realistic reliability estimates.”

Singh went on to state: “It’s great that we’ve received this grant from Innovate UK in recognition of the significant impact this project will have on the nuclear, process, transportation and other high hazard industries where safety is, of course, of paramount importance. Looking ahead, this research will have a major impact on the understanding of risks from emerging and growing fields, such as Data Centres.”

The project will be led by experts at CRA, including the company’s principal consultant Ashraf El-Shanawany and consultants Francesca Brandford-Adams and Garth Rowlands, who’ll be researching the approach of Structured Expert Judgement.

Established in 2000, CRA boasts a team of 40 technical consultants. The company prides itself on managing safety, reliability and risk across the nuclear, rail, defence and process industries, where delivering a robust risk analysis is part of the licensing processes.

The company has recently been awarded work with major organisations, including the Office of Nuclear Regulation, EDF Energy and Babcock International.

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Corporate Risk Associates announces speaker line-up for annual Risk Forum

Now preparing to host its seventh annual Risk Forum, Corporate Risk Associates (CRA) has announced a host of highly esteemed speakers for the event including a wealth of well-known industry figures. 

Due to be held on Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 October at the Stratford Manor Hotel in Stratford upon Avon, the event provides an excellent opportunity for professionals, academics and peers from across the security profession to learn about the latest advances in mission critical industries.

The event, which runs under the banner ‘To Automate or Not to Automate’, will feature 14 speakers who have all had first-hand experience in mission critical industries, with many working on the risk management of major projects. They will share their expertise and wealth of knowledge with attendees as they contribute towards the development of risk analysis and human factors.

Speakers include Bryan Coxson from EDF Energy, who will be presenting a Case Study focusing on specific features of the Sizewell B design having worked in the design team since 1986, as well as Elaine Vinton and Richard Screeton from the Office of Nuclear Regulation. They’ll be discussing the use of advanced Control Rooms and automation from the UK nuclear perspective.

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Speaking about the line-up of speakers, Jasbir Sidhu (CEO and founder of CRA) said: “We have a fantastic host of speakers at this year’s event who will all be presenting their own dynamic and thought-provoking views on the use of automation in safety critical industries. It’s a very poignant topic in the sector. It’s great to see that we have attracted such a high calibre of leading professionals and academics to speak at this year’s Risk Forum. As we run into our seventh year, we believe this is very much down to CRA providing a valued voice for the industry through hosting events such as this and promoting open discussion. We have successfully created an excellent platform for experts to share Best Practice and transfer valuable and insightful knowledge as we pursue our goal to make the risk management sector the best it can possibly be.”

The two-day event will focus around whether the reduction of human input, with the introduction of increasingly complex automated systems, will be either a friend or foe to the industry.

Anticipated to attract at least 100 attendees from all over the globe, the event’s popularity has grown year on year, with people travelling from as far afield as the West Coast of the USA and New Mexico to engage with leaders in the industry.

Other speakers include Karl Fleming (president of KNF Consulting Services), Andrew Buchan (head of analysis and assessment, security and resilience at Sellafield) and Jeton Partini from CGM in Sweden.

Established in 2000, CRA specialises in managing safety, reliability and risk across the nuclear, transportation, defence and finance sectors. With offices in London, Warrington and other locations, the company has recently been shortlisted as Risk Management Team of the Year at this year’s CIR Risk Management Awards.

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Sixth annual Risk Forum hailed “huge success” by organiser Corporate Risk Associates

The sixth annual Risk Forum, hosted by independent risk management company Corporate Risk Associates (CRA), has been hailed a huge success with over 110 attendees.

Entitled ‘Risk Analysis in an Uncertain World’, this year’s event was the largest of its type bringing together professionals in safety-critical industries to share Best Practice, knowledge, innovations and expertise on topical issues.

Held at the Ardencote Manor Hotel in Warwick, speakers and delegates at the event travelled far and wide to attend with some coming from as far as the West Coast of the USA and one delegate from New Mexico.

The packed programme included presentations covering a range of ‘Human Factors’ and ‘Safety Analysis’ disciplines delivered by some of the most professionally accomplished speakers in the industry, among them Fred Torri (Risk Management Associates), Ola Bäckström (Lloyds Register Consulting), Karl Fleming (KNF Consulting Services) and Dr Claire Taylor (Institute for Energy Technology).

Jas Sidhu (CEO of Corporate Risk Associates) at the 2015 Risk Forum

Jas Sidhu (CEO of Corporate Risk Associates) at the 2015 Risk Forum

Jas Sidhu, CEO of CRA and chairman of the event, told Risk UK: “The day was a huge success and we received some great feedback, particularly on the quality of the speakers. Some younger delegates commented that they felt overwhelmed to be in the same room as some of their industry icons such as Fred Torri and Karl Fleming. This was great to hear as it really demonstrates the quality of event we are hosting and the opportunities it provides for people to hear first-hand from industry leaders.”

The ever-successful event has grown in stature, quality and popularity year-on-year.

Joint venture with Synergy Consultants

CRA recently announced a joint venture with the hugely successful Synergy Consultants to provide a full integrated Safety Case, Risk Analysis and Human Factors offering.

Les Ainsworth, managing director of Synergy, gave a small presentation alongside Jas Sidhu to introduce the co-operation arrangement to attendees. This was met with great enthusiasm.

CRA is a safety, risk and reliability consultancy providing bespoke services to safety-critical industries including nuclear, oil and gas, process, power, renewables and defence. The company was recently awarded the title of Risk Management Specialist Company of the Year in the prestigious CIR Awards.

Other speakers at the Risk Forum included Andy Buchan (Sellafield), Alec Bounds (EC Harris ARCADIS), Jonathan Sherwood (PHE), Professor Tim Kelly (University of York), Mike Zammett and Ruairi Kennedy (CRA), Professor Simon Wilson (Trinity College Dublin) and Chris Harrison (Rail Safety and Standards Board).

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(ISC)² announces inaugural EMEA Security Congress: London, 8-10 December 2014

The Call for Presentations is now open for (ISC)² Security Congress EMEA 2014, an event designed to provide a unique international platform for information security professionals.

International information security professionals have a unique opportunity to meet, learn and get ahead of industry developments with the announcement of the inaugural (ISC)2 Security Congress EMEA.

Organised in partnership with the MIS Training Institute, the (ISC)² Security Congress EMEA 2014 is the first multi-day conference within the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region to be hosted by (ISC)², the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information and software security professionals with over 100,000 members worldwide.

Submissions for presentations are now being accepted until 4 July for the 8-10 December 2014 event, which is to be held at The Bloomsbury Hotel in London.

“(ISC)² EMEA has delivered educational conferences across the region for nearly ten years,” explained John Colley CISSP, managing director for (ISC)² EMEA, “allowing us to develop a strong network of top-notch speakers that can offer real insight into the issues we are all facing.”

International information security professionals have a unique opportunity to meet, learn, and get ahead of industry developments with the announcement of the inaugural (ISC)2 Security Congress EMEA

International information security professionals have a unique opportunity to meet, learn, and get ahead of industry developments with the announcement of the inaugural (ISC)2 Security Congress EMEA

Colley continued: “What makes this initiative really interesting is the opportunity we have to showcase the wealth of experience within the membership. This event presents a unique opportunity for professionals at all levels to come together, share what theyre experiencing on the front lines and learn from each other. I anticipate strong, informative and really useful sessions across the five designated conference tracks.”

Strengthening Cyber Security Defenders

Set to the overall theme of Strengthening Cyber Security Defenders, the (ISC)² Security Congress EMEA 2014 is open to all interested industry professionals.

Building on the experiences of the US-based (ISC)² Security Congress, which is now in its fourth year, the (ISC)² Security Congress EMEA will offer a comprehensive seminar programme over five focused tracks, a pre-conference day of training workshops and special interest sessions along with a gala dinner.

Keynotes and plenaries will be complemented by a broad review of current industry concerns in the following tracks: Governance, Risk and Compliance, Mobile Security, Human Factors, Architecture and Data Security.

The (ISC)² Security Congress EMEA 2014 is the latest development in (ISC)²’s successful and growing global event programme which currently includes 14 one-day (ISC)² information and software security events held in major cities throughout the EMEA region.

For presentation submission requirements, and to learn more, visit: http://www.EMEAcongress.isc2.org

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