"Rethinking Cyber Security Onboarding" By Dr. Cyril Onwubiko

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Title: Rethinking Cyber Security Onboarding

Venue: Virtual Talk

Target: IEEE Kenya, East Africa & IEEE R8 YP

Date: 29th October 2020 | 16:00 EAT

Abstract

Most digital services are available to everyone and from anywhere, e.g. University websites, online banking, electronic commerce, etc. These services are susceptible to ever-increasing cyber-attacks. An approach to protecting digital services is to deploy preventative controls such as encryption, authentication, and access control mechanisms, but unfortunately, preventative controls alone are inadequate as the growing number of data breaches have shown. Digital services must be monitored in order that security breaches & intrusions are detected on time and appropriate responses provided to address the incident. One way of monitoring digital services, especially online web services is to onboard them to a Cyber Security Operations Centre for monitoring.

Cybersecurity operations centers (CSOCs) are responsible primarily for managing cyber incidents, in addition to cyber-attack detection, security monitoring, security incident triage, analysis, and coordination. To monitor systems, networks, applications, and services the CSOC must first on-board the systems and services onto their security monitoring and incident management platforms. Cyber Onboarding (a.k.a. Onboarding) is a specialist technical process of setting up and configuring systems and services to produce appropriate events, logs, and metrics that are monitored through the CSOC security monitoring and incident management platform.

In this talk, we will explain the various aspect of CSOC, the role of Cyber Onboarding, and most importantly, how efficient this can be achieve using cloud-native and cloud-enabled services.



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Dr. Cyril Onwubiko
Dr. Cyril Onwubiko of IEEE CS | Pearson PLC | Research Series Limited

Topic:

Rethinking Cyber Security Onboarding

Title: Rethinking Cyber Security Onboarding

Venue: Virtual Talk

Target: IEEE Kenya, East Africa & IEEE R8 YP

Date: 29th October 2020 | 16:00 EAT

Abstract

Most digital services are available to everyone and from anywhere, e.g. University websites, online banking, electronic commerce, etc. These services are susceptible to ever-increasing cyber-attacks. An approach to protecting digital services is to deploy preventative controls such as encryption, authentication, and access control mechanisms, but unfortunately, preventative controls alone are inadequate as the growing number of data breaches have shown. Digital services must be monitored in order that security breaches & intrusions are detected on time and appropriate responses provided to address the incident. One way of monitoring digital services, especially online web services is to onboard them to a Cyber Security Operations Centre for monitoring.

Cybersecurity operations centers (CSOCs) are responsible primarily for managing cyber incidents, in addition to cyber-attack detection, security monitoring, security incident triage, analysis, and coordination. To monitor systems, networks, applications, and services the CSOC must first on-board the systems and services onto their security monitoring and incident management platforms. Cyber Onboarding (a.k.a. Onboarding) is a specialist technical process of setting up and configuring systems and services to produce appropriate events, logs, and metrics that are monitored through the CSOC security monitoring and incident management platform.

In this talk, we will explain the various aspect of CSOC, the role of Cyber Onboarding, and most importantly, how efficient this can be achieve using cloud-native and cloud-enabled services.

Biography:

Dr. Cyril Onwubiko is Director, Enterprise Security Architecture at Pearson Plc. He is also Director, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain & Cyber Security at Research Series Limited, where he directs strategy and governance in AI, Blockchain & Cyber Security. Prior to Research Series, he had worked in the Financial Services, Telecommunication, Health, Government, and Public Services Sectors. He is a leading scholar in Cyber Situational Awareness (CyberSA), Cyber Security, Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), Data Fusion, and Cyber Security Operations Centres (SOCs), and vastly knowledgeable in Information Assurance, HMG Security Policy Framework, and Risk Assessment & Management. His work in AI, especially Machine Learning for Cyber Security demonstrates an ability to converge multiple applications of AI across business units (in many domains e.g. NLP, Deep Learning, Machine Learning, and Data Science, etc.), and applying these models to solve real-world problems.

He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Network Security from Kingston University, London, UK; MSc in Internet Engineering, and BSc, first-class honors, in Computer Science & Mathematics.

His research interests are in the areas of Cyber Security, Situational Awareness, Cyber-Threat Intelligence, Security Operations Centre, Blockchain & AI.

He has authored several books including "Security Framework for Attack Detection in Computer Networks" and "Concepts in Numerical Methods." He co-edited the book on "Situational Awareness in Computer Network Defense: Principles, Methods & Applications". He is the editor of the Cyber Science series, and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal on Cyber Situational Awareness (IJCSA), ISSN (Print) 2057-2182, (Online) 2633-495X.  Cyril has authored several book chapters and has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles in leading and most prestigious academic journals and conferences.

He is a Senior Member IEEE, Distinguished Speaker (DVP), IEEE Computer Society, Past Secretary, IEEE United Kingdom and Ireland, Founding Past Chair, IEEE United Kingdom, and Ireland Blockchain Group. He is a member of many IEEE Societies and Affinity Groups e.g. Computer Society, Young Professionals, etc. He is also a Trustee, Director, and Volunteer to other Charity organizations.

He is a passionate speaker, keynote presenter, and invited guest lecturer to a number of universities in the UK, and has given many invited lectures, the most recent being at the Cyber Science 2019 conference at the University of Oxford, UK. He is a reviewer, program & steering committee member to over 30 academic conferences and journals. He is a Ph.D. assessor and examiner to a number of universities in the UK and Europe.

In the summer of 2014, Cyril founded the Centre for Multidisciplinary Research, Innovation and Collaboration (C-MRiC), a not for profit and non-governmental organization dedicated to the advancement of outstanding research and innovation through collaboration, and dissemination of scientific and industrial contributions through seminars and publications (https://www.c-mric.com).

 

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