John McAfee guest speaker at 20:20 celebration, Bruce Schneier warns of a gathering “cyber arms race,” and law enforcers envision the international future of cybercrime response

John McAfee guest speaker at 20:20 celebration,  Bruce Schneier warns of a gathering “cyber arms race,” and law enforcers envision the international future of cybercrime response

Infosecurity Europe was delighted to welcome controversial security pioneer John McAfee to the 20th Anniversary Celebration. McAfee shared his insights on global hacking scandals, internet surveillance and personal privacy online, and joined attendees to celebrate 20 years of Infosecurity Europe and network with professionals from across the security industry.

The second day of Europe’s largest information security event also saw Bruce Schneier, renowned information security specialist and Alumnus of the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame, give a keynote where he told delegates “We’re in the early stages of a cyber arms race”. His address used the recent hack on Sony hack as an example of the “increasingly warlike tactics” applied to cyber-attacks, and set out how he had begun to see countries attacking one another by directing cyber-attacks at companies within their target countries

The theme of how to attribute and then enforce cybercrime continued in a panel featuring senior figures from international law enforcement agencies, Will Van Gemert, Deputy Director Operations and Acting Head of EC3 at Europol, Michael Driscoll, Assistant Legal Attache, FBI and Andy Archibald Deputy Director of the  National Cybercrime Unit.

The NCA’s Archibald called cybercrime “the biggest challenge for law enforcement in my time,” before going on to say that “the conventional model of law enforcement,” where agencies detect crime and solve after it’s committed doesn’t work for cybersecurity”. He also suggested that law enforcement bodies’ cybercrime prevention strategies will increasingly focus on disabling the infrastructure that enables cyber-criminals to sell their services to criminal organisations, such as “bulletproof hosting services and counter anti-virus providers”.

The FBI’s Driscoll also stated that for his agency, as for others, the future enforcement of cybercrime was an increasingly international affair. He said: “Cybercrime is never local. If we try to chase threats individually we’re wasting our resources.”

Infosecurity Europe’s new security research conference Intelligent Defence closed today, with an insight into the threat to cloud services and how best to protect them.

The winners of the third EU European Security Blogger Awards were announced at the security bloggers meet up this afternoon. Prizes were awarded in eleven categories, including Best Corporate Security blog, Best Most Entertaining blog, Best EU Security Tweeter and Grand Prix Prize for the Best Overall Security blog [INSERT WINNERS]

We hope to welcome you to Infosecurity Europe tomorrow.

Check the highlights from the second day at Infosecurity Europe

Joy-Fleur Brettschneider leads Infosecurity Europe’s marketing team and is keen to ensure everyone involved with the show leaves satisfied. Joy advises how to get more stand traffic, maximise ROI, become an authority in your niche — everything you need to get the attention you deserve. A marketing professional with a slight obsession for attention to detail, Joy loves social media and technology . Strangely, she prefers business strategy books to novels.

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