EngTalk to reveal how Rihanna is inspiring a new generation of cyber-security professionals

Raj Samani, Chief Scientist at McAfee will present our next EngTalk on 13 May 2019 to explain how singer, songwriter and actress Rihanna changed one man’s life – but you’ll have to come along to the EngTalk to find out how!

Raj, who is a computer security expert and has assisted multiple law enforcement agencies in cybercrime cases, as well as being a special advisor to the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) in The Hague, said: “In 2018, we witnessed even greater collaboration among cybercriminals through underground alliances. This collaborative mentality has allowed for efficiencies in underground technologies and tactics, and the evolution of bad actors into some of the most organised and agile adversaries in the world. However, while we expect the underground market collaboration to continue, 2019 will also see cyber-security alliances of defenders continuing to mature and further fortify defences.”

Raj will share his story of a young hacker and will explain why some young people become cyber offenders and how we can inspire them to take positive action instead. He will explore the challenges we face to incorporate more cybersecurity professionals into our industry and the role that professional institutions like the IET can play in helping to demonstrate the incredible and challenging career opportunities that exist.

Dr Maria Bada, a Research Associate at Cambridge Cybercrime Centre at the Computer Laboratory, Cambridge University, will provide a 10-minute insight into the human factors of cybersecurity and the psychology of cyber-offenders.