November 13, 2014 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Branch Annual General Meeting and The changing face of payments @ Oxford e-Research Centre | Oxford | United Kingdom
Tim Lambertstock, CGI In a few years’ time, will we all be paying for things on our mobiles using a virtual currency or will we still be using cash for most transactions? Tim Lambertstock, our[...]

Northampton Branch – Penetration Testing Day Survey

Northampton BCS Group would like to run an all-day penetration testing day event at the University of Northampton. Start time at 09:30 and finish at ~17:00. The proposal at this stage is to run this during April (Saturday 5th April)

This will be a ‘premium’ paid for event with a slightly subsidized cost to BCS members

Estimated numbers around 30 to 50 attendees + facilitators + event co-ordinators.

The agenda is flexible but generally the morning session consists of;

  • Introduction to pen-testing/ethical hacking,
  • Breaking into the industry,
  • Methods,
  • Deep-dive into pen-testing process/phases, some examples.

The afternoon session consists of hands on examples and then Capture the Flag events with various teams. Finally a quick wrap-up and networking session at the end of the day.

Just to gauge numbers we have set-up a survey for users to register an interest.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DR3XFL6

I would appreciate if you could access the survey so we can trace the interest in the event.

Kind Regards

Barney Duffy MBCS BSC Hon (Open, ICT) Dip IT
Chair Northampton Branch

[Event Summary] “Britain’s greatest fraudster” hits Oxford University!

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Former fraudster turned crimefighter Tony Sales addressed guests at Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education last week, giving academics and IT professionals cause for thought…

In his lecture, Tony Sales demonstrated how a fraudster could use online information, some of it readily shared by people on their social media pages, to take over an individual’s financial identity – ultimately remortgaging their house! He showed how easy it is for criminals to discover online passwords of their victims by going into their local coffee shop and tapping into public Wifi there – with the help of an easily downloadable app.

Once inside their victim’s personal email and online shopping accounts, the criminal quickly learns all about them. “People’s tendency to use the same, or similar, password across multiple accounts is a huge help to the criminal” says Tony. “All it then takes is a short ‘phishing’ phone call to nail crucial financial information. It is easy for the criminal to sound convincing on the phone as they pretend to be from a major retailer – as they now have an intimate knowledge of their victim’s shopping habits and recent transactions”.

The event was organised by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, who had invited Tony to address its Christmas meeting at Rewley House, Oxford last week. “It was a rare opportunity to hear a speaker with such practical experience in this field who has only previously spoken to retail and financial services audiences” said Tim Lambertstock, Chair of the BCS Oxfordshire Branch.

“Our audience is pretty savvy,” says Tim Lambertstock. “Our events are open to non-members but most are IT specialists and professionals in the field. This event also attracted an audience from academics, researchers and students from the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University, eager to hear Tony’s perspective”.

“Some people were sceptical, believing the threat of cyber fraud is exaggerated – unless they’d had personal involvement. I believe Tony may have given them cause to reconsider”.

BCS members and fellows include many of the UK’s most influential IT players, including World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Among its aims are bridging the gap between education, policy and research, and informing public policy on the wider use of IT in society.

As BCS’s Tim Lambertstock summed up “If you live your entire life through social media you need to be aware that someone else, a criminal, could too.”

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Christmas Event – Meet “Britain’s Greatest Fraudster”

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Tony Sales, Retail Fraud Uncovered
Thursday 5 December at 6.45pm
Rewley House,
1 Wellington Square, Oxford,Oxfordshire OX1 2HY

Only one man has stood at both the summit of organised crime and the pinnacle of loss prevention. Meet Tony Sales at this our special event for Christmas hosted at Rewley House, Oxford University.

Tony was one of the UK’s most wanted criminals, on the run for over six years, he stole an estimated £30 million from retailers in online and instore scams, as well as running an organised fraud operation that ruthlessly and systematically exploited the weaknesses of its retailer targets. These activities led him to be branded “Britain’s Greatest Fraudster” by The Sun.

Tony has also been covered in numerous other publications as well as appearing as the subject of several crime documentaries and provided technical consultancy for film and TV productions on real life crime.

His biography, written by a leading true crime writer, is due out in 2014.

Now a reformed character, Tony Sales works identifying opportunities for fraud and has found that online trading has brought twice as many opportunities for the fraudster and made it easier to commit fraud today than ever before. Tony is an expert on financial fraud around credit cards, asset financing, mortgage fraud and banking. Recently he romped through the security systems of a well-known high street bank and demonstrated how easy it is to open a bank account in minutes using fake ID. He had the bank’s permission to try, but they were still shocked at how easy it was. And of course a fake bank account on the black market is worth about £30,000. Not bad for 10 minutes work.

The fundamental reason why fraud is so simple is that those engaged in the battle to defeat fraud and the people that are targeted are fundamentally honest people. They may have an understanding of how fraudsters go about their work, or even come into contact with them through their professions, but unless you have actually seen the world through the eyes of a criminal it is impossible to fully understand how he thinks and to anticipate his methods.

We live in an increasingly complex world involving many online and offline transactions from credit card purchases to mortgages and business financing. As a former member of “underworld royalty”, Tony Sales is uniquely placed to help business combat crime. In this presentation Tony uses his unique perspective to discuss how fraudsters select targets and commit their crimes, picking apart systems and then ruthlessly exploiting the flaws and human weaknesses.

His cross-over from elite criminal to top level consultant, trusted by the inner sanctum of banking and retail with their most sensitive information, has been remarkable. Now he is retained by some of the biggest retail operations in Europe, and has advised businesses with total sales of more than £10 Billion per annum.

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Event Information

bellsThe meeting is on Thursday 5 December 6.45 for 7.30 and ends around 9.00.

It will be held at:

Rewley House
1 Wellington Square
Oxford,Oxfordshire OX1 2HY
UK.

A special Christmas event with mulled wine.Sandwiches and mince pies are available from 6.45pm.

Meetings are open to non-members and free.

A Note about Parking
On street parking is very restricted in and around Wellington Square. The closest Car Park is Gloucester Green or we suggest you park where you normally would for Keble Road (it is only a 5 minute walk from there) or try St Giles.

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Chairs Letter 2013

BCS Oxfordshire Branch–AGM Report 2011/2012

Venue: e-Research Centre, Oxford University, Keble Road
Date: 11 October 2012
Time: 19:40

Apologies for Absence

Athar Majed, Suzy Race, Gerry Rohling

Minutes of Last Year’s AGM

The notes of last years meeting had been published on the Branch web site. No comments had been received, and there were no comments at the AGM. The minutes were therefore accepted as a true record of the event.

The were no matters arising.

Chairman’s Report

The Chairman (Tim Lambertstock ) welcomed everyone to the meeting, and noted that his report had been circulated to the membership, and was also available on the Branch website.

We had had a rich and varied programme last year, and we had had some good feedback from attendees. We are looking forward to an equally enjoyable and educational programme in the coming year. If anyone had any comments or suggestions they were asked to contact anyone on the committee.

The programme for the coming year had been published, and Tim encouraged everyone at the meeting to “spread the word” amongst colleagues and friends.

Treasurer’s Report

The Treasurer (Tony Cox) presented the unaudited accounts.

Our allocated last year had been £3200, with some additional funding this rose to £4106.Our budget was essentially 75% of the previous year.

We had managed to reduce costs in most areas, although speakers’ expenses[1] and room hire had increased. At the end of the year we had overspent by £57!

Our funding for next year was £3356, plus £606 for Student Prizes. We will have to work within these constraints, although additional funding may be available on an individually approved basis.

Election of Committee

The Secretary (Brian Day) noted that all of the existing committee had volunteered to continue. The continuing committee is shown below.

Nominee

Proposer

Seconder

Athar Majed

Tim Lambertstock

Shiela Lloyd Lyons

Brian Day (Secretary)

Geoff Stone

Tim Lambertstock

Brian Read

Geoff Stone

Simon Marsh

Chris Dawe

Shiela Lloyd Lyons

Tim Lambertstock

Geoff Stone

Brian Read

Sheila Lloyd Lyons

Kwasi Owusu-Asomaning

Tony Cox

Geoff Stone

Gerry Rohling (WebMaster)

Tim Lambertstock

Sheila Lloyd Lyons

Sheila Lloyd Lyons

Tim Lambertstock

Brian Day

Simon Marsh

Brian Day

Sheila Lloyd Lyons

Sverker Griph

Sheila Lloyd Lyons

Brian Read

Tim Lambertstock (Chair)

Shiela Lloyd Lyons

Brian Day

Tony Cox (Treasurer)

Simon Marsh

Brian Read

In addition we had one new volunteer to join the committee:

Nominee

Proposer

Seconder

Suzy Race

Tim Lambertstock

Sheila Lloyd Lyons

     

There being no other nominations, or objections the committee was constituted as above.

The Chairman and Treasurer were confirmed in their roles; allocation of Committee responsibilities will be ratified at the first meeting of the new committee.

The Chairman thanked all the committee for their hard work during the last year, and looked forward to working with the new committee.

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Following last year’s tradition, Vernon Porter, from the floor, asked that we should formally record a vote of thanks to the Committee for the work they had done over the previous year.

There being no further business, the AGM was closed at 19:55.

After this, Dr Alison Corfield, gave an interesting session titled “Knowledge Management to Recession Proof your ICT”.

Brian Day, BSc PhD CEng CSci MBCS CITP

Branch Secretary

Oxfordshire Branch


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BCS Oxfordshire Branch–AGM Report 2010/2011

Venue: e-Research Centre, Oxford University, Keble Road

Date: 13 October 2011

Time: 19:30

Apologies for Absence

Jean Nunn-Price, David Greenaway, Gerry Rohling, Geoff Stone, Chris Dawe

Minutes of Last Year’s AGM

The notes of last years meeting had been published on the Branch web site. No comments had been received, and there were no comments at the AGM. The minutes were therefore accepted as a true record of the event.

Chairman’s Report

The Chairman (Tim Lambertstock) welcomed the members to this year’s AGM, and noted that a summary of the Branch’s activities for the year was in the Chairman’s report published on the Branch web site, and he was happy to take any questions.

In summary, last year’s programme had proved popular, and covered a wide range of topics. We are investigating new ways for reporting meetings during next year.

Attendees were urged to circulate and display the forthcoming Branch programme at their places of work, as hopefully we have and equally interesting and varied programme this year.

Sandwiches before our meetings had been a very welcome addition to the meetings, and the cost had been covered by economising on other activities, such as physical mailings.

Treasurer’s Report

The Treasurer (Tony Cox) summarised the Treasurer’s Report. He noted that these were provisional figures as the accounts had yet to be audited. There were no questions on the report.

The Treasurer noted that next year’s allocation had been reduced by ~£1k; however we have the opportunity to bid for additional funds if we need to.

Election of Committee

The Secretary (Brian Day) noted that all of the existing committee had volunteered to continue. The continuing committee is shown below.

Nominee

Proposer

Seconder

Athar Majed

Tim Lambertstock

Shiela Lloyd Lyons

Brian Day (Secretary)

Geoff Stone

Tim Lambertstock

Brian Read

Geoff Stone

Simon Marsh

Chris Dawe

Shiela Lloyd Lyons

Tim Lambertstock

Geoff Stone

Brian Read

Sheila Lloyd Lyons

Gerry Rohling (WebMaster)

Tim Lambertstock

Sheila Lloyd Lyons

Sheila Lloyd Lyons

Tim Lambertstock

Brian Day

Simon Marsh

Brian Day

Sheila Lloyd Lyons

Sverker Griph

Sheila Lloyd Lyons

Brian Read

Tim Lambertstock (Chair)

Shiela Lloyd Lyons

Brian Day

Tony Cox (Treasurer)

Simon Marsh

Brian Read

In addition we had one new volunteer to join the committee:

Nominee

Proposer

Seconder

Kwasi Owusu-Asomaning

Tony Cox

Geoff Stone

There being no other nominations, or objections the committee was constituted as above.

The election of Officers and allocation of Committee responsibilities will be ratified at the first meeting of the new committee.

The Chairman thanked all the committee for their hard work during the last year, and looked forward to working with the new committee..

AOB

Vernon Porter, from the floor, asked that we should formally record a vote of thanks to the Committee for the work they had done over the previous year.

There being no further business, the AGM was closed at 19:45.

After this, Ian Hughes, Director, Feeding Edge Ltd, gave an interesting session titled “Washing away cave paintings – A technical evaluation”. This talk covered the evolution of social media and gaming, and its potential uses in the widest context.

Brian Day, BSc PhD CEng CSci MBCS CITP

Branch Secretary

Oxfordshire Branch

AGM and Wall to Wall Raspberry Pi

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Branch Annual General Meeting, followed by Wall to Wall Raspberry Pi

Raspi_Colour_RAlex Goodyear, Colin Hogben and Adam Stephen, CCFE. A talk about the inspiration behind the Raspberry Pi and its achievements which have far exceeded the original project aims. We’ll give an overview of the device’s capabilities and uses, both domestic and commercial.

This will include a demonstration of the use of the Raspberry Pi to create incredibly configurable video walls.

Alex Goodyear is the chief designer of the PiWall. He is working as Senior Control and Electronics Engineer at CCFE mainly with embedded systems.

Colin Hogben is a Professional Software/Control Engineer working at CCFE; software developer for PiWall video wall.

Adam Stephen is a project manager with both technical and commercial responsibilities at CCFE.    He is equally at home developing hard real-time control systems, or managing international bids for research and development projects.

Event Information

The meeting is on Thursday 14 November 7.00 for 7.30 and ends around 9.00.

It will be held at the Oxford e-Research Centre, 6 Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3QG.

Sandwiches and light refreshments are available from 7.00pm.

Meetings are open to non-members and free.

Raspberry Pi is a trademark of the Raspberry Pi Foundation

[Event Summary] Who Wants 4G?

Dr. Ana Isabel Canhoto
Senior Lecturer in Marketing
Oxford Brookes University

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Who Wants 4G?

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The deployment of 4G phone services in Oxfordshire brings with it the promise of high-speed Internet connectivity on the go. But who is likely to pay the premium monthly subscription and upgrade their mobile phone handset? This talk draws on insights from consumer decision making to explore the market segments most likely to adopt the new services and why, and what features they will value the most.

It has been said that people do not buy product features; they buy benefits. Accordingly, this talk focuses on the emotional and psychological needs fulfilled by mobile telephony, offering a behavioural perspective on the adoption of technological products.


The event is free.
Members and non-members are very welcome.
Please just turn up.
Tea, coffee, and a sandwich buffet are served from 7:00pm.

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Visit to Bletchley Park – Saturday, 17th August

17 August 2013

The Mansion, Bletchley Park

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We are currently busy planning our programme for the year starting in September. In the meantime, we have organised a special visit to Bletchley Park (near Milton Keynes) on Saturday, 17th August. We have a tour booked at 2.15pm but there are now plenty of other things to do there, so you are welcome to arrive any time after midday. This is also open to family and friends and bookings can be made at https://events.bcs.org/book/727/

Once Britain’s Best Kept Secret, today Bletchley Park, Home of the Codebreakers, is a heritage site and vibrant tourist attraction. Visitors can explore and experience the top secret world of iconic WW2 Codebreaking Huts set within the atmospheric Victorian estate nestled in a microcosm of Buckinghamshire countryside. Discover the secret world! Exhibitions available include The Life and Works of Alan Turing, the only reconstructed Bombe machine and the largest display of Enigma machines on public display in the world. Visitors can enjoy a full day at Bletchley Park with a tasty hot and cold menu available in Hut 4 cafe, a playground where children can let off steam and a souvenir gift shop without which no visit is complete.

The cost is as follows:

BCS Members £8.00
Adult non-BCS Members £12.00
12-16 year olds £5.00
Under 12 Free

This is a significant reduction on the usual admittance prices but we need to confirm numbers 14 days in advance. Bookings can be made at https://events.bcs.org/book/727/

Location:

The Mansion, Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes MK3 6EB but full details will be sent to those who have booked shortly before the event.

General Interest: XML Summer School 2013

XMLSummerSchoolThe XML Summer School is running again this year at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University, between 15th and 20th September. It’s for every­one using, design­ing or imple­ment­ing solu­tions in XML and related tech­no­lo­gies. The innov­at­ive cur­riculum com­bines formal lec­tures, prac­tical hands-on exer­cises, inter­act­ive tutori­als and panel dis­cus­sions. There is a choice of courses on offer; for example, the three day “Hands-on intro­duc­tion to XML” is recommended for beginners and is based around the real life scenario of building your own website. Other courses include “Semantic Technologies” and “Trends and Transients” giving a more in-depth exploration of XML topics. Speak­ers are some of the world’s most renowned XML prac­ti­tion­ers and teach­ers, including John Chelsom, Norm Walsh and Mike Kay.

Direct contact with other practitioners and an exciting programme of social events make this a great week whatever your knowledge of XML. See www.xmlsummerschool.com for more information. Use discount code XML13 to get a 10% discount on the course fees.

What does the Turing Test actually tell us?

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Thursday 20th June 2013 – 7:15pm

Oxfordshire Branch Prestige Summer lecture

Professor Kevin Warwick, Reading University

Venue: Sophos Plc, The Pentagon, Abingdon Science Park, Abingdon OX14 3YP, United Kingdom

Location map:

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http://www.sophos.com/en-us/about-us/contact-us/united-kingdom.aspx

This is the highlight event of our year and is again kindly hosted by Sophos in their global headquarters in Abingdon. As summer may finally be with us by then, we will be serving cloudy lemonade, non-alcoholic fruit punch and strawberry tarts with cream before the talk. The Spam and Lettuce bar will also be open afterwards.

We look forward to seeing you there.

You can book places now at: https://events.bcs.org/book/640

The Talk

The talk is based on a practical example of the Turing Test which Kevin originally staged at Bletchley Park on 23rd June 2012, the 100th anniversary of Alan Turing’s birth.

Can you tell the difference, in conversation, between a human and a machine? Results from practical Turing Tests are used to show how some of the top philosophers and computer scientists have often made a complete pig’s ear of it. You’ll also be given lots of opportunity to show if you can hack it yourself or not. But there’s a lot more to the Turing Test than meets the eye. In terms of communication, it’s not just about how well machines can perform; it also shows how humans are sometimes not as good as we may think.

If you don’t know much about the Turing Test then this is for you. If you think you ‘understand’ all about it then this will make you think again. A cool evening of Turing reflection!! Attendance Warning: Machines with open minds are preferred to humans with closed minds.

Professor Kevin Warwick from Reading University is a popular author and commentator on artificial intelligence.

Meeting Information

The meeting is on Thursday 20 June, doors open at 6:30pm and the talk will start at 7:15pm.

Event Location

The meeting is being held at Sophos plc. The Pentagon, Abingdon Science Park, Abingdon OX14 3YP.

Event Details

Refreshments will be served from 6:30pm onwards and the Spam and Lettuce bar will be open after the talk.

The meeting is open to non-members and is free.

Discrete Linear Dynamical Systems

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Professor Joël Ouaknine, University of Oxford

Thursday 16th May 2013 – 7:30pm

Oxford e-Research Centre, 6 Keble Road, Oxford, OX1 3QG

In his talk for us last year on real-time systems, Prof. Ouaknine gave his audience a deeper understanding of a complex topic, which was very well received. For his return visit, expect more of the same, this time on Discrete Linear Dynamical Systems, which are simple mathematical models used in a wide range of fields. These give rise to many deep and interesting decision problems, relating to everyday computer-science concerns. This talk will also discuss some of the fascinating links which have recently emerged with other parts of computer science and mathematics, inspiring some of the best minds in these fields around the world. Expect to be challenged and enlightened in equal measure.

About Professor Joël Ouaknine

Joël is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St John’s College. He was awarded a BSc and MSc in Mathematics from McGill University, and received a PhD in Computer Science from Oxford in 2001. He subsequently did postdoctoral work at Tulane University and Carnegie Mellon University, and more recently held a visiting professorship at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Cachan, France. In 2009, he was awarded an EPSRC Leadership Fellowship, enabling him to focus (almost) exclusively on research for a period of five years.

Joël was the 2010 recipient of the BCS Roger Needham Award, given annually “for a distinguished research contribution in Computer Science by a UK-based researcher within ten years of his or her PhD”. His research interests include the verification of real-time, probabilistic, and infinite-state systems (e.g. model-checking algorithms, decision problems, complexity), logic and applications to verification, linear dynamical systems, automated software analysis, concurrency, and theoretical computer science.

Event Information

The meeting is on Thursday 16 May 7.00 for 7.30 and ends around 9.00.

It will be held at the Oxford e-Research Centre, 6 Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3QG.

Sandwiches and light refreshments are available from 7.00pm.

Meetings are open to non-members and free.

[Event Summary] A Contractual Approach to Manage Security Risks When Outsourcing

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The audience was pleased to welcome Dr Sam De Silva for his second visit to speak for us.

He gave many interesting insights into how to negotiate a good IT outsourcing contract which is commercially a successful arrangement for both customer and outsourcing supplier.

He spoke about the due diligence needed on both sides, identifying the standards and legal aspects that need to be conformed to. This included the need to drive to define the right level of detail in the contract. Using his extensive experience he gave lots of good examples of how to document not too much or too little detail to create a manageable long term relationship. As a lawyer he was keen to highlight important items to be agreed before the contract is signed and itemised in the contract particularly from a security view point to ensure the customer and the customer’s clients are protected.

Key aspects of the talk covered:

  • Due diligence
  • Defining the contract and Service Level Agreements
  • Negotiation
  • Legal and standards requirements, at this point he also touched on negotiating contracts with suppliers in other countries
  • Risks and Benefits of outsourcing
  • Cost savings or not. (He discussed the idea that you may actually choose to enter into a contract which does not save you money) e.g. the specialist skills provided by the supplier provide compelling benefits in other areas. Ensuring security of your file servers being one very good example.
  • Transitioning to the new outsourcing arrangement
  • Maintaining the relationship

At the end of the talk Sam opened the event up to questions from the audience. There followed a good interactive discussion around many of the points from the talk particularly the challenges that new technology and the cloud bring to setting up contracts of this nature.

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