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Launch event of KMCC: How to Fall in Love with Cyber Security

February 14 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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KMCC saw its official launch at the Templeman Library on the Canterbury campus of the University of Kent, on Valentine’s Day, February 14 2024! Many participants joined us for a fascinating look at the world of cyber security and learn how to fall in love with it.

The event included a complimentary buffet lunch and networking opportunities with other participants including industry experts, University students studying or interested in cyber security, employers and recruiters looking for cyber security talent and researchers and educators with specialist expertise in cyber security and online safety. Participants listened to invited panellists and speakers on how to stay safe online and how to develop your skills to become a future cyber security expert.

Participation was FREE.


1-2pm Buffet Lunch and Networking
Arrive for 1pm and enjoy networking with others over a complimentary buffet lunch.

2-2:10pm  Introduction: Welcome from KMCC PPT
Speaker: Clare Patterson, Director and CFO, KMCC | Member of Advisory Board, CyberCompare | PhD Researcher, University of Kent
Clare will outline the aims and purpose of KMCC and how it fits in with the nationwide initiative on cyber security under the umbrella of UKC3.

2:10-2:30pm Romance Scams and Beyond: How They Happen and What We Can Do with Them PPT
Speaker: Jason Steer, Director and CEO, KMCC | CISO, Recorded Future
A 20-year cybersecurity veteran, Jason Steer is the CISO at Recorded Future, where he maintains global responsibility for ensuring the protection of all customer-facing services, internal operational systems, and related information assets. In this talk, he will discuss romance scams and other forms of cyber fraud and cybercrime, how they happen and what we can do to understand and prevent them.

2:30-2:50pm Cyber Fraud in the South East – a perspective from policing PPT
Speaker: Christopher Buckingham, City of London Police
Facilitator: Jason Steer, Director and CEO, KMCC | CISO, Recorded Future
Action Fraud is the national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime. Chris will engage on the realities and challenges of cyber fraud and crime from the policing perspective, citing real-world examples from extensive experience. There will be opportunity for questions and comment from the audience.

2:50-3pm Coffee/Tea Break

3-3:35pm Fireside Dialogue on “Careers in Cyber Security: What Skills are Needed?”
Molly Davis, Team Lead Intelligence Services (EMEA), Recorded Future
Lucy Maclaren, Analyst – Security Training and Awareness, London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG)
Anka Moraru, Director – Cyber Security, PwC UK

Facilitator: Clare Patterson, Director and CFO, KMCC | Member of Advisory Board, CyberCompare | PhD Researcher, University of Kent
Our experienced panel will engage in a fireside dialogue on the range of opportunities and the skills needed for a career in cyber security. Questions and comments from the audience are strongly encouraged and will form an essential part of the interaction dialogue.

3:35-3:55pm Career Stories
Nikhil Kamboj, Founder, Databox 360 Ltd PPT
Richard Starnes, CISO, Six Degrees | Chair of Advisory Board, Cyber Resilience Centre  for London (London CRC) | Security Panel Member, WCIT (Worshipful Company of Information Technologists)

Facilitator: Chris Solomon, COO, KMCC | Director, Visionmetric Ltd
Two cyber professionals from different backgrounds will give their accounts of how they came to the field of cyber security and what their responsibilities are in the job they are doing now.

3:55-4pm Closing Remarks PPT
Speaker: Shujun Li, Chair of Steering Group, KMCC | Professor of Cyber Security & Director of Institute of Cyber Security for Society (iCSS), University of Kent | Chair of Executive Group, Kent & Medway CyberSchools Network (KMCSN)
The event will be concluded by a short summary and a brief overview of future activities of KMCC.

4-5pm Networking
Stay on to continue networking with other participants,  to learn from each other and exploring opportunities.

Co-organisers, supporters and sponsors

The event is hosted by KMCC’s strategic partner, the Institute of Cyber Security for Society (iCSS) of the University of Kent. It is supported by KMCS3 (Kent & Medway Cyber Security Student Society) and KMCSN (Kent & Medway CyberSchools Network).

KMCC gratefully acknowledges the financial sponsorship of this event by Recorded Future and iCSS.

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February 14
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Kent & Medway Cyber Cluster (KMCC)
Institute of Cyber Security for Society (iCSS), University of Kent
Kent & Medway Cyber Security Student Society (KMCS3)


Templeman Lecture Theatre and Atrium, University of Kent
Library Road
Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NU United Kingdom
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