Symposium in Software Defined Networks


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Arrival and Refreshments
12.00-13.15 Networking Lunch
13.15-13.20 Welcome and Opening Address
Paul Hutchinson, Hutchinson Networks
13.20-13.50 SDN for Intrusion Prevention Systems and DFET Training
Prof Bill Buchanan, Adrian Smales, Andres Santiago Robles Durazno, Edinburgh Napier University.
This presentation will present novel work in the creation of intrusion detection and prevention systems with a software defined network. It will showcase results which show the optimal architecture and some of the issues that can be encountered.
13.50-14.30 SDN - Cisco’s Approach. Salim Mehta, Technical Solutions Architect, Cisco Systems.
This presentation explains the history and evolution of SDN, the innovations introduced by Application Centric Infrastructure and how this is being used to build public and private cloud data centres which support bimodal IT and a devops methodology.
14.30-15.10 Health 4.0, Prof Christoph Thuemmler, FI-Star.
Demographic and societal changes but also the ongoing evolution of the Internet including the Internet of Things and new superfast networks such as 4G LTE and subsequently 5G has already started to change the way healthcare is going to be delivered. Already smart phones are used as gateways to connect wearables and home care devices. More and more sensors, embedded systems and advanced cyber-physical systems are being integrated vertically utilizing cloud technology. Horizontal integration over several domains is still in its infancy but is developing rapidly. However, especially the horizontal integration across different devices, domains and networks will require tools to support scalable software defined networks to reduce bandwidth requirements, latency and e-health carbon footprint and increase the amount of devices that can be connected to the network at any given point in time.
15.10-15.30 Refreshments
15.30-16.10 Realising the Immediate Benefits of SDN & NFV, Stephen Hampton, CTO, Hutchinson Networks
SDN and NFV are no longer technologies for tomorrow, they are available and mature now. Hutchinson Networks (HN) CTO Stephen Hampton, will use the experience of building the new HN public cloud platform Fabrix to discuss why organisations must consider SDN and NFV now. Organisations undergoing data centre refresh projects or upgrades to Layer 4 to 7 services that take advantage of SDN and NFV, can innovate, orchestrate, reduce cost and move ahead.
16.10-16.50 How to use SDN to Innovate, Expand and Deliver for your business, Tristan Liverpool, Systems Engineering Manager, UK Major Accounts, F5 Networks.
Learn how F5, through the power of SDN, are bringing the power of cloud, data centres, converged systems and as-a-Service together to enable fast, efficient and secure application delivery in today’s challenging hybrid environments. Tristan Liverpool will discuss how SDN can become the reality businesses want and need today. Through a programmable SDN that spans the entire network, not only layers 2 and 3, but also layers 4 to 7, businesses can meet their goals. Tristan will also discuss the challenges around security and how these can be mitigated.
16.50-17.30 SDN and governance, Glen Bisset, ISACA.
Risks to good governance from SDN IT change projects and IT change projects more generally.  Project ownership and senior management buy in and promotion.  In house skills versus those of vendors - risk of being blinded by science.  Funding decisions and the costs of changing in the future - how flexible will the proposed solution be and will relevant hardware work with other software.  Business drivers for change and estimating benefits & savings.  Accountability if something goes wrong - complexity of vendor, contractors and management contractual arrangements.  The importance of culture - concerns and criticisms should be encouraged early and on an ongoing basis.
17.30-18.30 Wine Reception


Tristan Liverpool
Systems Engineering Manager, UK Major Accounts, F5 Networks
Tristan Liverpool has been at F5 for over 5 years and is currently the UK Major Accounts Systems Engineering Manager. He has over 20 years’ experience of working in the IT industry on technologies such Token Ring, X.21 all the way through to today’s advanced persistent threat security environments and the fast evolving SDN/SDAS world. He has been very involved in F5’s cloud, virtualisation and SDAS strategy over the last 4 years and as such is one of F5 UKISSA’s subject matter experts in this space.
Stephen Hampton
CTO, Hutchinson Networks
Stephen Hampton has been involved with Hutchinson Network since its beginnings in 2009 and took over as CTO in August 2014. With almost 20 years of experience in the IT Infrastructure space, Stephen has vast experience across the network, compute and storage technologies. However, for 10 years Stephen has been mainly focused on networking and achieved CCIE certification in 2008. Although Hutchinson Networks began life as a Network Integrator, Stephen has led the development of a new public cloud platform called Fabrix. Stephen has architected the Fabrix platform to take advantage of the latest SDN and NFV technologies.
Salim Mehta
Solutions Architect
Salim joined Cisco Systems in 2006, bringing 25+ years of broad IT industry experience, more recently focussed on storage networking and enterprise system design. alim’s advises customers how to best use novel technologies to transform traditional data centres into business aligned, information and innovation engines. Prior to this role he has held Consultant, BDM and Marketing positions at CNT, ADVA and Fujitsu Europe. In addition Salim worked for 12 years at Crosfield Electronics where he pioneered the introduction of SCSI disk arrays and 4 years at Burroughs Corporation in the UK & USA.
Christoph Thuemmler
Christoph studied Medicine, Political Science and Educational Science and is a fully trained specialist in General Internal Medicine with 20 years of clinical experience. He has worked in Germany, the US and the UK before focusing more and more on smart devices and service oriented architectures in health care. He completed his PhD on Cerebral Haemodynamics with distinction at Heidelberg University, Germany. Over the last 10 years he has been involved in extensive knowledge transfer activities, especially in promoting the integration of life sciences, clinical practice and computing.
Bill Buchanan
Bill is a Professor in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Fellow of the BCS and the IET. He currently leads the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks, and Security, and works in the areas of security, e-Health, Cloud Security, Web-based infrastructures, e-Crime, cryptography, triage, intrusion detection systems, digital forensics, mobile computing, agent-based systems, and security risk. Bill will be outlining the usage of virtualised environments for security and digital forensics. Bill has an extensive background in innovation and research, with two successful spin-out companies. He also has won many teaching awards including being voted as most innovative tutor and best tutor in the Edinburgh Napier Excellence Teaching Awards in 2012, 2104 and 2015.
Glen Bisset
Glen is a financial auditor and contributed to the development of Audit Scotland’s audit methodology and served on a number of UK and Scottish technical audit and accounting panels thereby influencing a number of group audit arrangements and financial reporting in the public sector. Within Audit Scotland he promoted the training of others in the use of IDEA data analysis to efficiently deliver audits on time and to budget whilst ensuring that audit risk is managed down to an acceptable level.

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