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Combating the Cyber Insider Threat: An IT Perspective - 10 December 2020

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Chair: Christopher Hobbs, Co-director Centre for Science and Security Studies

Speaker: Rakesh Burgul, International Nuclear Services

In July 2010, Private Bradley Manning, then a male soldier in the US Army, was arrested over the release of thousands of classified and military documents to the Wikileaks website. Manning, who subsequently changed his name to Chelsea Manning and wanted to be addressed as a female, downloaded over 700,000 documents from US military servers. This is just one example amongst several high profile cyber insider incidents which has led to the coining of the phrase the decentralisation of knowledge and information.

This webinar analyses the case of Chelsea Manning and other notable examples and in doing so, highlights all the security controls that either failed or that were never put in place and that may have prevented such leaks from happening. These examples should allow you to examine your own IT security controls and review them in the light of the incidents.


Rakesh Burgul has worked in the nuclear sector in the United Kingdom for 33 years and currently works for the International Nuclear Services (INS) where he has served as their Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for five years. In his role, Rakesh is tasked with protecting INS against cyber-attacks on its corporate networks, standalone systems and Operational Technology (OT) within INS’s offices and on-board INS’s INF3-class nuclear cargo vessels.

Rakesh is a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Chartered Chemist but has had a lifelong fascination with computers and has certified in computer hacking, computer forensics, data privacy, security management and information security management gaining certifications to globally recognised standards. Rakesh is also a Certified Chief Information Security Officer and, along with peers, plays an active role in the UK’s civil nuclear sector helping to influence regulation, formulate policy and set strategic direction particularly in cyber security.

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Christopher Hobbs

Christopher Hobbs

Director of the King’s Institute for Applied Security Studies (KIASS)

Karl Dewey

Karl Dewey

Research Associate and Project Coordinator

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10 December 2020

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