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Past Events - 2008

Continuing professional development: the contribution of work-based learning

Wed 12th Nov 2008, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus (Poole), Coyne Lecture Theatre

Synopsis of presentation

The world of continuing professional development (CPD) and work-based learning (WBL) is changing fast. Yet two clear themes are emerging: first, professionals – including IT professionals – want recognised career paths with progression routes and structured development programmes; and secondly, employers want evidence and external accreditation of what a person can actually do. Professional bodies have responded by developing skills frameworks. The BCS is no exception here through its participation in E-skills' PROCOM professional competency model and the SFIA Foundation's Skills Framework for the Information Age, not to mention CEN/ISSS' European e-Competence Framework. As individual professionals, we need to reflect on and evaluate our achievements, and identify our own CPD needs. We are all, necessarily, lifelong learners now. This talk focuses of what universities have to offer in this new world of continual professional development and lifelong learning.

After Dr. Dan Diaper introduces the speaker, Dr. Andrew Main will spend 5 minutes introducing the basics of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT's own CPD programme. Colston Sanger will then give his presentation, which will be followed by a moderated discussion that will focus on: the strengths of BCS CPD; and where is might be improved. It is intended that, after the event, a report on the discussion's results will be published.

Speaker - Colston Sanger, Faculty of Business, Computing and Information Management at London South Bank University

Colston Sanger Colston Sanger is Faculty Teaching and Learning Fellow in the Faculty of Business, Computing and Information Management at London South Bank University and was previously a member of the work-based learning team in the School of Management at the University of Surrey.

More information is available here.

Computing 'Environment': It's more than Binary Code - It's About Criminals!!

Fri 31st Oct 2008, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus (Poole), Coyne Lecture Theatre

Synopsis of presentation

Despite the mutating threats of cyber attacks, online extortion, or spam, a well-structured information security strategy can safeguard your business and ensure that risks are managed with commitment and understanding. It can also help to reassure your customers, who in the UK (for example) according to a recent study now fear Internet crime more than burglary, mugging or car theft. Yet, because the Internet is not territorial or jurisdictionally bound, organised crime efforts to steal everything you hold dear by extortion, threats, intimidation - not in the bricks and mortar world but in the online world, our normal responses to 'attack' are not as effective. But there are solutions . . . and sometimes they are free. Ed Gibson will give you a peek inside his 'cyber life' utilising anecdotes from his 20 year career with the FBI including the most recent 5 years when he was assigned as a Diplomat to the US Embassy London in charge of all the FBI's cyber investigations in the UK.

Speaker - EDWARD P. GIBSON FBCS, Chief cyber Security Adviser (CSA), Microsoft Ltd

Mr Gibson’s primary role is to serve as the senior advisor to Microsoft’s customers, partners, government elites, and the public on how to best respond to the current security environment - from internal leakage of intellectual property to best practices for online cyber security - and how to improve their security through Microsoft's solutions and services.

More information is available here.

The Signal Officer-in-Chief's vision for the future of the Royal Corps of Signals

Tue 30th Sep 2008, 6:00 for 6:30pm

Royal Signals, Blandford Camp, Dorset DT11 8RH, Report to reception on arrival

Synopsis of presentation

The role of the Royal Signals is to make sure that information flows freely between military commanders and every element of the forces under their command. The 8,000 strong Corps therefore faces two challenges: the rapidly changing nature of modern warfare, and the accelerating rate of innovation in communications and information technology. Brigadier Ted Flint, who has been Signal Officer-in-Chief (Army) for ten months, will set out his vision for a Corps which will continue to add increasing value to the Army and Nation in the face of these challenges.


Brigadier Ted Flint studied mathematics and engineering at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge before joining the Royal Signals in 1982. Following officer training at Sandhurst he served in Germany, Northern Ireland, Blandford and the Gulf (during Operation GRANBY). He took a Master’s degree in Defence Technology at the Royal Military College of Science before attending Division 1 of the Army Staff College in 1992. After a tour in Whitehall working in Resources and Programmes (Army), he commanded 1st Mechanized Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron (in Tidworth and Bosnia).

More information is available here.

AGM followed by "Professionalism in IT"

Wed 14th May 2008, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Quality Hotel,

Synopsis of presentation

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT has a strategic ambition to see IT valued and respected as a mature profession and has been leading a professionalism initiative working in co-operation with practitioners and organisations across all business sectors since 2005. A major part of the BCS ambition is that the IT should be recognised for the positive contribution it makes to the implementation of IT enabled business change projects and programmes and also for improving capability to exploit the benefits of IT in a global environment.

The reality is that IT (Information and Technology) doesn't just support business it powers business and the role of the profession is to maximize the dividends of successful IT enabled change and innovation. The roles undertaken by IT practitioners are expanding from their traditional technological base to include roles focused on business change and transformation. BCS works to address the needs of all IT practitioners and is uniquely placed to serve the needs of all professionals who work in the disciplines identified as part of the IT profession.

Speaker - Adam Thilthorpe, Professionalism Programme Manager, BCS

Adam Thilthorpe joined BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT as a key account manager in 2005 but is now principally involved with the development of the Society’s professionalism in IT initiative. He speaks regularly at BCS and industry seminars and conferences engaging with companies and organisations that employ IT practitioners. He raises awareness of the changes in the profession; the challenges and the opportunities.

Adam gained his early experience in the City of London with financial institutions JP Morgan Chase and Co and Georgeson Shareholder.

More information is available here.

Visit to the RNLI

Wed 16th Apr 2008, 6:30 for 7:00pm

Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Report to reception on arrival.

Synopsis of presentation

RNLI flag An opportunity to visit the RNLI HQ in Poole and hear about the Lifeboat College and some of the systems that support the RNLI.

Last year RNLI lifeboats rescued more than 8,000 people. That's an average of 22 people per day! Education and training are integral to the work of the RNLI and the Lifeboat College strongly supports this.

The Lifeboat College is a purpose-built facility and includes a dedicated Survival Centre bringing all RNLI training together under one roof. Training courses at the college cover the whole spectrum of the RNLI skills such as all weather lifeboat (ALB) crews, inshore lifeboat (ILB) crews and Inshore Rescue Hovercraft (IRH) crews. Practical training is supported with sophisticated simulation environments including a wave pool, a fire simulator and a full mission bridge simulator.

Agenda for the evening

  • 1845 - 1900 - Visitors arrive for prompt 1900 start (College reception then to the 360° suite)
  • 1900 - 1910 - Welcome, Introductions and format of the evening. Speakers: Mark Hallam & Richard Miles.
  • 1910 - 1930 - Presentation & demonstration of MOBG (Man OverBoard Guardian). Speaker: Peter Bradley.
  • 1930 - 1945 - Presentation of SIMS (Systems and Information Management System - as used on lifeboats). Speaker: John Nurser.
  • 1945 - 2000 - Presentation on RNLI's IT Service Management implementation. Speakers: Andy Robertson.
  • 2000 - 2030 - Tour of the College including Survival Centre. Speaker: Graham Ireland.
  • 2030 - 2100 - Refreshments.
  • 2100 - Visit ends.

More information is available here.

Risk Management & Control - Art or Science?

Wed 5th Mar 2008, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus (Poole),

Synopsis of presentation

What is a risk? Can you see it? Can you touch it? Can you get rid of it? More importantly, perhaps, can you define and make use of it? What is a control? Can you see it? Can you touch it? …etc. In the experience of the speaker, the concept of the term “risk” is not consistently understood and is frequently confused with (for want of a better expression) what he terms a “non-control”. If organisational entities do not speak the same language when considering or understanding risks, any attempt to deal with them is going to be less than objective, possibly even exacerbating the vulnerability or losing the impetus for opportunity. (Yes – risks can work in one’s favour.)

This talk will focus on the basic nature and definition of risks and controls, whether they are qualitative (i.e. “art”?) or quantitative (i.e. “science”?) and the risk management process, including identification, prioritisation and treatment of risks to mitigate their adverse effects.

Since the speaker is from the IT internal auditing profession, he will also include some information about how risk management is relevant to the control environment plus a short theory on why he is singularly despised in certain business quarters and what can be done about it to make him – and his peers - more loved and understood.

Watch out for less than covert references to relevant standards, such as CobiT and ISO27001.

Consider some recent events and how risk management and control may be relevant to them: Northern Rock, HM Revenue and Customs double CD (and this is not a reference to their “greatest hits”), the Channel 4 “Big Brother” racist outburst and Firth of Forth sewage pumping debacles. Extraordinary events that just … come out of the blue.

If you are attending this session, please come prepared to get involved, to get excited, to challenge everything and to have a bit of fun along the way.

Speaker - Ross Palmer MIIA, FIIA, CISA, FBCS, CITP

Ross Palmer is present Chair and presenting member of the BCS Information Risk Management & Audit (BCS IRMA) specialist group and member of the BCS Security Forum. He is Computer Audit Manager for the HRG Hogg Robinson Group and has worked in several control environments within public sector, banking and business services.

More information is available here.

ITIL and Service Management

Tue 12th Feb 2008, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Quality Hotel,

Synopsis of presentation

Businesses are spending more budget to develop better management techniques and processes in preference to purchasing hardware or software. Originating from a UK government initiative on best practice, the ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) framework is being adopted across the world and changing the objectives and structure of IT support teams. David Cuthbertson of Square Mile Systems will give a presentation to BCS members of the current developments in this growing field.

Speaker - David Cuthbertson

David Cuthbertson was one of the founding members of the BCS Service Management Specialist Group (BCS-SMSG) and chaired it for two years. He is also active in the BCS-CMSG (configuration management) and is a regular speaker at industry event. Much of his current focus is on the development of management techniques and systems for IT teams, mainly in the larger user environments.

More information is available here.

Open Systems for Government Projects

Tue 22nd Jan 2008, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus (Poole),

Synopsis of presentation

Defence software systems have traditionally been proprietary, closed systems. However, the government is increasingly keen to utilise open systems as a means to reduce vendor lock-in and improve re-usability. This talk will take a broad look at open systems for government projects, including the forces that are driving the move to open systems, comparing open system and open source routes to meet the customer's objectives, the characteristics that make a system open, and how to achieve those characteristics in practice. Examples are drawn from recent experience within BAE Systems.

Speaker - Peter Hammond

Peter Hammond started out as a materials scientist, before changing career direction and joining BAE Systems in the late 1990s. Since then he has worked on a number of defence related systems, large and small, with particular interests in component architectures, real-time systems, and agile methods.

More information is available here.

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