Internet of Things Workshop

It was a fantastic turnout for the 3rd YCSC meeting of 2018 with lots of new and familiar faces on show.

We would like to say a big thank you to the DMC in Barnsley for once again providing spacious facilities for the event and Shahrzad Zargari & George Rees (Sheffield Hallam) for providing two insightful presentations on the world of IoT.

Melanie Oldham, Founder of the YCSC, introduced the session highlighting the key components of the YCSC, informing delegates of the objectives and visions of the Yorkshire Cyber Security Cluster whilst sharing information of recent cyber stories within the region. Cluster members then had an in-depth discussion on recently seeing an increase in identity fraud of CEOs.

Shahrzad Zargari, Senior Lecturer in Information and System Security and Course Leader in Computer Security with Forensics at Sheffield Hallam University,  then took to the stage, introducing her presentation by providing a definition of IOT, before talking about the potential security vulnerabilities of IoT.

Shahrzad then highlighted search Engine for IoT devices, demonstrating some real examples on how easy it is to find vulnerable IoT devices and discussing the recent report published by Department of DCMS on improving the cybersecurity of consumer IoT.

Shahrzad concluded her talk, indicating that connected applications carry many benefits, but we need to make sure that they are secure! Shahrzad’s presentation can be found here, Internet of Things.

George Rees, a final year student at Sheffield Hallam University (Computer Security with Forensics course) then provided an insight into his final year project on Implementing security methods for IOT devices. George illustrated that he mitigated a Mirai botnet attack through the combination of Python, Snort and Patience! He concluded his talk highlighting that the created defence mechanism has shown it is possible to protect IoT devices from Mirai botnet in concept and that only more research and development put into securing IoT devices will lead to a more secure Internet of Things.

To conclude the event, a quick Q&A session was held on all things IoT, shortly followed by some more fantastic networking!

In terms of moving forward with the YCSC, there has been a slight amendment to the dates of upcoming YCSC events.

The following schedule is now in place for 2018:

  • Ransomware – 1 pm – 3 pm, 27th June at DMC – click here to sign up 
  • Targeted Attacks – 1 pm – 3 pm, 19th September at DMC
  • Social Engineering – 1 pm – 3 pm, 20th November at DMC

We will soon be updating the Eventbrite page to allow you to book your place at the upcoming events.

If you would like to get more involved in the YCSC, in particular, would like the opportunity to speak/present at any of our upcoming events around the given topics, please let us know. We are always on the lookout for people wanting to share their cyber expertise with others.

Likewise, if you have any news stories/events that you would like to be shared at the YCSC meetings, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will try our best to help promote.

We look forward to seeing you at the next YCSC meeting in June!

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