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Security experts gather for World Cities Conference

Experts from the world of security gathered at London First’s inaugural World Cities Conference to share expertise on making cities safer, more secure, smarter and more resilient from threats of terrorism, cyber-attack and crime, as well as natural disasters and other issues, such as migration.

Among the speakers were Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe QPM, Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, who said police were struggling to get on top of cyber-crime.

He called on businesses to share more information about when and how they were coming under attack from cyber-criminals.

You can listen to excerpts from the conference at London First’s AudioBoom site here (with apologies that due to technical difficulties some of the audio is quite quiet).

These include:

  • Mike Brown, managing director at Transport for London, talks about the transport success in keeping London moving during the Olympic Games.
  • Janet Williams, chair of The Protective Security Experts Group at INTERPOL; and security adviser of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, discusses the security issues Qatar may face and how they can be overcome
  • Karen Lomas, director of Smart Cities EMEA at Intel, discusses how data can be used to make cities smarter
  • Nick Coleman, head of Global Cyber Security Services Intelligence at IBM, on how predictive analytics can help firms and public bodies predict future events

Sessions covered subjects ranging from:

  • Urban Security and International Co-operation
  • Terrorism, Crime and Cyber Attack
  • Natural Catastrophes, Migration, Disorder
  • Strategic Crisis Decision-Making
  • Achieving Cyber Resilience

The conference took place at three different locations around London. First, there was a pre-event workshop at The Crystal in Docklands, sponsored by Siemens: 40 people attended an afternoon of discussion on the topic of cyber resilience.

A pre-event reception, hosted by PwC in central London, was attended by over 60. Then the two-day main conference at the British Library saw 250 participants, with 50 speakers and chairpersons involved in panel and plenary sessions.

A conference dinner on the middle evening, hosted by Canary Wharf Group at Level39 of Canada Square, was a great success with 89 diners hearing an after-dinner address from Nick Ross, the journalist and broadcaster.

Contact: Robert Hall, rhall@londonfirst.co.uk

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