Counter Terror Expo London 2015

Counter Terror Expo London 2015

Henry Dalziel | Information Security Conferences | April 23, 2015

As most visitors know, we post a considerable amount of content regarding Cyber Security Conferences. Here’s our regularly updated list for 2015 and for 2016.

This Tuesday, April 21st, we attended: The Counter Terror Expo at Earls Court in London which was awesome.

Although not specifically a “cyber security” conference, the event did have a track of exhibitors and speakers titled: “Cyber Threat Intelligence 2015”.

This years ‘Counter Terror Expo Cyber Threat Intelligence’ brought together many speakers who prevent and prepare for any form of cyber terrorism or cyber-crime activity in the United Kingdom.

Day One

  • Session 1: Assessing the global terror threat
  • Session 2: Understanding and dealing with the threat from the Middle East and returnees from conflicts in the region
  • Session 3: Mitigation strategies for fourth wave terrorists

Day Two

  • Session 1: Countering digital terror – threats and mitigation strategies in the technological age
  • Session 2: The terror threat beyond ISIS
  • Session 3: Dealing with radicalisation and the threat of home-grown terror

Day One in Detail

Here are a list of the talks and the speakers:

Title: Metropolitan Police: Terrorism, extremism and the home-grown threat to the UK
Speaker: Mark Rowley, Head of Specialist Operations and Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police

Key Points Discussed:

  • Assessing the current threat and our range of responses
  • The challenges of identifying and dealing with “self-starters”
  • An overview of plots to date in UK and what we can learn from them

Title: The changing nature of international terror
Speaker: Dr Jamie Shea, Deputy ASG, Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO

Key Points Discussed:

  • The security challenges facing NATO members in light of developments in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine
  • Where we see future threats to our security
  • NATO’s Defence against Terrorism Programme of Work
  • Update on international cooperation regarding terror threats

Title: Terrorism: lessons learnt from recent attacks
Speaker: Scott Wilson, National Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Protect & Prepare, ACPO TAM

Title: Making sense of the tangled web of terror links in the Middle East
Speaker: RUSI

Key Points Discussed:

  • Who is funding/ fighting whom?
  • Analysis of the current situation in the region and likely future developments
  • Understanding the organisation, structure, mind-set and history, key players and their motivations of Middle Eastern terror groups
  • How understanding the players and their motivations can tell us about how to respond

Title: The psychology of violent radicalisation: obstacles and enablers on the pathway to and from violence
Speaker: Dr Brooke Rogers, Reader in Risk & Terror, King’s College London

Key Points Discussed:

  • What inspires European recruits to join terrorist organisations
  • Pathways into violent radicalisation
  • What can we do if/ when radicals return home?

Title: How effective are our current methods in countering the threat from international terror groups?
Speaker: Benoit Gomis, Independent Research Analyst

Key Points Discussed:

  • The proportionality, impact and opportunity costs of CT policies since 9/11 in the US, UK, France and beyond

Title: Mitigation strategies for fourth wave terrorists
Speaker: George Trebess, National Counter Terrorism Policing Headquarters

Key Points Discussed:

  • How we intend to exploit UAV technology
  • What are the considerations
  • The value of collaborative working
  • Lessons learned
  • What misuse looks like and how we can manage it
  • Mitigation strategies

Title: Why, how and when to negotiate with terrorists – what our experience in Northern Ireland tells us about dealing with other international terror groups
Speaker: Jonathan Powell, CEO, Inter-Mediate and former Chief of Staff to Tony Blair and British Governments chief negotiator on Northern Ireland peace agreement

Key Points Discussed:

  • Does negotiation give legitimacy and favour to extremists?
  • Talking is not agreeing
  • Why we need to talk, and sooner rather than later
  • Opening channels
  • Talking AND fighting

Title: How terrorists are using digital media and the internet

Key Points Discussed:

  • The media channels of choice and what each offers to terrorists: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube,, VKontakte, WhatsApp
  • Where are the greatest cyber terror threats emerging?
  • Which new media channels are emerging?
  • Keeping up with developments in smart phones, mobile access and data encryption/ security

Title: Working with internet service providers to identify, track and remove extremist content: achievements and obstacles

Key Points Discussed:

  • The history and role of the CTIRU
  • Evolution of tactics in light of evolving use of social media by extremists
  • How the material is identified, assessed and the removal process
  • Working with industry
  • Key obstacles and achievements
  • The way forward

Title: The enduring threat of Irish terrorism
Speaker: Professor Richard English, Director, Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism & Political Violence (CSTPV), School of International Relations, University of St Andrews

Key Points Discussed:

  • The threat from Irish terrorism is greatly reduced when set against the higher levels of violence in the 1970s and 1980s. But enduring terrorist problems remain, especially from Dissident Irish Republicans, whose strength has grown in recent years. This talk analyses the nature of this enduring Irish terrorist challenge, the reasons behind it, and the best means that the UK state has at its disposal for containing it effectively

Title: Al Qaeda’s response to the IS challenge
Speaker: George Readings, Senior Editor, Stirling Assynt UK

Key Points Discussed:

  • How the emergence of IS is affecting other jihadists
  • The threat to the West
  • Developments in Syria, North Africa and beyond

Title: Understanding and preventing the threats posed by solo terrorists
Speaker: Andrew Majoran, General Manager, Mackenzie Institute for the Study of Terrorism, Revolution and Propaganda (Toronto, Canada) and former Junior Professional with the Delegation of Canada to the Organisation for Security Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

Key Points Discussed:

  • a review of recent “lone wolf” attacks in Canada, USA, UK, Belgium and what they tell us about the motivations and tactics of solo terrorist
  • How can we prevent or contain the lone wolf threat?

In Summary

Concise Courses was there and we thought it was one of the better conferences that we attended. Where you there? What did you think of it? For more information on upcoming events please follow this link and be updated for awesome events planned for 2015 and 2016!

Leave a comment or reply below...thanks!