BCS Northampton Events Page

NOTE: All our events are open to members and none members, no registration is required unless otherwise stated.


July 2017 - Critical Connectivity

This event will cover topics such as:

* Mission

* Financial

* Safety

* Security

Further details regarding location will follow.


Sunday 16th July 2017 - Great family day out at the National Museum of Computing

Annual Family Day at TNMOC!

Cost will be £5 per head (Adults and Children) and includes a basic lunch of a sandwich and a drink

The event is subsidised By BCS Northampton and Bedford Branches


Tour Includes

Private tour in morning then Activities in afternoon which will include the children (with adult supervision) being able to engage with the Stem Explainers activities in the classroom.

Please use the links below to book your tickets. There is a student rate of 5GBP, to qualify please ensure to tick yes to the full time student question in order to obtain this rate.


27th June 2017 - Connectivity Theme

Social robotics is a growing area of new robotic products, new crowd funded projects in this area are regularly started. In this short talk a brief history and the purpose of social robotics is discussed, followed by met the robot.

We will also have an update on IOT.

Room NW205 Newton Building, Northampton University.

7:00pm Doors open

7:30pm Lecture start


April 22nd 2017 - Advanced PEN Test Event

Do you think you have the skills to work as a white hat hacker? Does the idea of penetration testing applications and infrastructure and learning the techniques for breaking into systems seem to be your ideal career?

If you are a student in IT or you have experience as IT or Security professional, and maybe already know the difference between Nmap, MetaSploit and Burp, then this could be the event for you!

We are running a one day advanced penetration testing bootcamp, starting with how to develop a career in penetration testing, reviewing the methodology involved and getting close up with the tools used by professional ethical hackers. The event has hands on sessions with theory and labs.

Please note this opportunity is only open to a maximum of 30 to 50 attendees.

Since this course is advanced due to the technical topics and tools covered, to leverage full value and be able to keep up with the pace during the day, we strongly recommend and invite those who have previous experience within IT Security, ethical hacking and / or have prior experience of working with Linux, web applications, databases, and network protocols to register early.

We look forward to welcoming you to the event. Soft copies of materials will be provided after the event. Make sure you bring your laptop with Kali Linux preinstalled or live bootable and able to connect to wifi!

Joining instructions will be provided on registration few days prior to the event.

Location: The Newton Building, Avenue Campus, University Of Northampton, NN2 6JD

Presenter: Sarith Chandra

Arrive at 09:00am for a 09:30am start. Finish 16:30 approx

Further detail regarding subject matter will follow.


February 21st 2017 - CISSP Fireside Lecture

Room NW205 Newton Building, Northampton University.

Careers in Information Security a CISMP perspective.

Group led discussion forum on what it means to be an InfoSec Officer, considering Information Security Management Principles, InfoSec Career paths and real world challenges in adopting an ISMS Framework.

Room NW205 Newton Building, Northampton University.

7:00pm Doors open

7:30pm Lecture start


January 26th 2017 - Cyber Security Lecture

Global cybersecurity leader Forcepoint released its 2017 Cybersecurity Predictions Report last month.

This years report examines the increasing convergence of the technological and the physical worlds and the long term implications of this new digital ecosystem on organizations and institutions worldwide.

Cybersecurity experts from Forcepoint and Raytheon collaborated to develop these predictions.

Scott Bullock Forcepoints Cloud Trust Officier will present a overview of the predictions along with an analysis of how well Forcepoint performed last year"

Room NW205 Newton Building, Northampton University.

7:00pm Doors open (Tea and Biscuits)

7:30 pm Lecture start

8:15 to 8:30 Lecture finish

Discussion, and questions

8:30 to 9:00 Finish


December 13th 2016 - CITP Fireside event (How to pass the exam)

December 13th 2016 7:00pm for 7:30pm start

Tea and biscuits available.

Room NW205 Newton Building, Northampton University.

First of our events by the fireside events will concentrate on gaining CITP accreditation within BCS

Followed by a Curry at local restaurant (Come and join us)


10th November 2016 - All Quiet on the Ethical Front: Behaviour and Professionalism in Project Management

Room NW205 Newton Building, Northampton University

Speaker: Brendan D'Cruz

Alistair Godbold stated in an article entitled Are You an Ethically Mature Project Manager? (APM Blog, July 2014): As our projects become more complicated and complex, and our activities span many countries and cultures through the supply chain or during roll out, the potential for conflict and differences on ethical views increases. The range of stakeholders we deal with is becoming wider; project initiators, investors, policy makers, sponsors, project leaders, members of project teams - all of whom are likely to face a broad range of issues. In many instances the managerial problems we used to face as technical challenges now often have an ethical dimension requiring reflection on individual or communal values. There is also the increasing importance of the long-term reputation of the business to consider which is becoming increasingly important.

This interactive session will explore how the issues of ethics, professionalism and compliance are being dealt with by professional bodies, and what this means for individuals operating at the front when delivering projects, programmes and business solutions. In particular, the session will consider:

* Codes of conduct - do they really mean anything?

* Competence standards - are they appropriate, and how can you evidence them?

* Project corruption - what is it and why does it matter?

* Professional behaviours - what are they, and how can they be enhanced?

* IT-enabled change initiatives - are we doing the right things right?

* A series of ethical dilemmas will be presented to participants during the session, and there may be occasional context and imagery derived from the First World War.


29th September 2016 - Northampton BCS AGM

The AGM will be held in Room NW205 of The Newton Building at The University of Northampton, Avenue Campus, St Georges Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JB

Doors will open at 19:00 hrs, The AGM will commence at 19.30hrs (due to finish by 21h00).

Agenda

* AGM

* Election of Officers

* Briefing regarding proposed training events on a Tuesday night


Sunday 25th September 2016 - Great family day out at the National Museum of Computing

You are warmly invited to take part in a Family Day in July at Bletchley Parks National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) on Sunday 25th September. Bring all the family - there will be activities suitable for children of all ages.

TNMOC enables visitors to follow the development of computing from the ultra-secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the mainframes of the 1960s and 1970s, and the rise of personal computing in the 1980s - including a rebuilt and fully operational Colossus, the world’s first electronic programmable computer.

* Learn about the history of computing, and code breaking.

* Interactive trail for the kids

* Heritage quiz

* Talk about the computer museum

* Guided tour


Itinerary:-

10.00-10.30 Arrive. Tea/coffee/juice/water in the meeting room. Heritage Quiz.

10.30-12.30 Guided tour.

12.30-13.30 Sandwich platter lunch with tea/coffee/juice/water in the meeting room. Heritage Quiz.

13.30-14.15 Talk in the meeting room.

14.15-17.00 Free to explore the museum.



Please use the links below to book your tickets. There is a student rate of 5GBP, to qualify please ensure to tick yes to the full time student question in order to obtain this rate.


3rd May 2016 - Condition Monitoring Systems

Condition Monitoring/Asset Management has been employed since the 1950s. An example of this is Condition Based Maintenance of rotating machines using monitored condition data. The advent of cheap computational power and public/private networking has made this area one of the fastest growing technologies today.

This talk looks at the field of Condition Monitoring across several industries and how it is revolutionising asset management and predictive maintenance to provide safer transport, protection of ageing assets and hitherto unparalleled optimisation of complex mechanical, electrical and electronic systems.

Light refreshments are available on the evening. Please arrive around 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Please park at the rear of the Newton Building (explain to security via the intercom that your are attending the BCS Event) and enter through the rear of the Newton Building vis the conservatory. Directions to the room will be signed. The event will be held in Room NW205, The University of Northampton, Newton Building, St Georges Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JB.


16th March 2016 - Culham Centre for Fusion Energy Visit

Booking for this visit is now closed as all places have been filled.

The visit starts at 18:15 prompt with tea and coffee followed by a presentation on fusion at 18:45 followed by the tour. Culham is just down the road from Abingdon Oxon - next door to the village Clifden Hampden.

Wear comfortable shoes as there will be a reasonable amount of walking involved.

Very important: you must have photo-ID, otherwise you won"t be allowed on site: a photo driving licence or passport will be OK. This is another reason why I need your confirmation straight away as passes need to be organised for you to pick up at the entrance gate.


26th January 2016 - 7pm starting at 7:30pm - IVR Part 2 - Understanding the development technology

Presented by Dr. Damian Copeland

With the advent of VOIP and VoiceXML, the IVR and speech industry now shares much of its architecture with that of the Web industry, and it is now possible to write a single application and deliver its functionality via speech, mobile app or Web browser, or for a user to start a transaction with one technology and complete it via another. These are exciting times for converged technologies.

Despite this convergence and advances within the industry, the speech channel still presents some challenges to users. Touch-tone IVR systems are widely considered to be unpopular, and now seem outdated, and guided speech recognition is often parodied for having a limited ability to understand its users. The Holy Grail of speech automation is Natural Language Understanding, which allows users to speak to the computer as if speaking to a human operator, but how natural is it to interact with a computer using voice, rather than, say, a Web browser, and what particular problems does this mode of interaction present to the user?

Location: The event will be held in Room NW205 (2nd Floor), The University of Northampton, Newton Building, St Georges Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JB. Enter via the conservatory at the rear of the Newton Building and follow the signs. Parking: Parking is available at the rear of the Newton Building. Just press the buzzer at the access barrier and inform security that you are attending the BCS event.


15th December 2015 - IVR Part 1 - Application user interface

The Application User Interface is key to developing a new Service or user Application.

The best Applications use a Simple Formula.

1 Keep it simple (Ask the right questions)

2 Reduce the amount of information required from the user.

3 Feedback simple but succinct information.

4 Extract Known or available information (CLI, DNIS, Account details, Mobile number, IP address etc.)

5 Communication should be a no blame format should be seen as a second stage information gathering

Applications can be

1 Voice based (Speech or Tone)

2 Application based (Web)

3 Multimedia/Hybrid (Audio, Voice, Web, SMS, Email, Web)

Knowing how to communicate with the end user is key to a successful deployment.

Build up knowledge on regular callers understand their preferences.


24th November 2015 - 7pm starting at 7:30pm - Regaining the World Water Speed Record for Britain

A multi-media presentation by Nigel Macknight of the Quicksilver project

Technology, history and human endeavour meet in the Quicksilver project – the determined bid that"s under way to regain the World Water Speed Record for Britain. It is 48 years since Britain last held this prestigious international prize, and the laurels won for the nation by Donald Campbell and our previous record-breaking legends are wearing decidedly thin!

Intent on reversing the slump in our water-speed fortunes, dozens of British engineering companies have rallied behind the Quicksilver quest, and this collaboration is enabling considerable progress to be made with the design and construction of the 350-mph, turbofan-powered superboat upon which British hopes rest. The world record stands at 317.60mph, to long-time holder Australia.

Construction of the Quicksilver craft is well in hand, and computers and computing inevitably play a major part in the engineering involved – with, for example, finite-element analysis (FEA) being employed in structural design, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) being employed in aerodynamic and hydrodynamic analysis.

The challenge of travelling on water at breathtaking speeds places an exceptional weight of demands upon the Quicksilver team, and its founder and leader Nigel Macknight. He will be presenting for us a dynamic multi-media update on the project"s progress and background. And there will also be dramatic film-footage of previous attempts, illustrating the high points and low points of 100 years of water-speed history.


29nd October 2015 - Science and Technology Employability Fair 22/10/2015

The Science and Technology Employability Fair will take place in Newton Grand Hall on Thursday 22nd October between 11am and 3pm. This is an opportunity for students to meet employers, find out about the employment opportunities they have and learn more about the application and selection process. You don’t need to book just come along anytime between 11am and 3pm. Students from all year groups are invited to attend.

So far the following organisations have booked to attend:

Academies Enterprise Trust, Agenda Resource Management, Augmented Vacancies, BI Worldwide, British Army, Changemaker Hub, East Midlands Code Club, Engage Partners, Esteiro Business Solutions, Fujitsu, Gradcracker, GE Engineering, George Buckland Limited, HMGC, RMP Enterprise, Royal Air Force, Teach First, Travis Perkins


29th September 2015 - Northampton BCS Branch AGM

NOTIFICATION OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – Northampton BRANCH

We have pleasure in drawing your attention to the Annual General Meeting of the Northampton Branch of the BCS, which will be held on Tuesday 29th Sept at Northampton University 7pm to 9pm

The AGM will be held in Room NW205, The University of Northampton, Newton Building, St Georges Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JB


- Bletchley Park The National Museum of Computing Family Day

Doors open at 10.30am for an 11.00am start

You are warmly invited to take part in a Family Day in July at Bletchley Parks National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) on Sunday 19 July. Bring all the family – there will be activities suitable for children of all ages.

This event is for members of BCS Bedford and Northampton branches and their families.

TNMOC enables visitors to follow the development of computing from the ultra-secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the mainframes of the 1960s and 1970s, and the rise of personal computing in the 1980s - including a newly rebuilt and fully operational Colossus, the world’s first electronic programmable computer.

TNMOC receives no government or lottery funding and you will be impressed by the enthusiasm of the staff involved in the project including the many volunteers who regularly give up their valuable time to ensure that this ever growing collection is restored and maintained.

It would be a good idea to register NOW since the number is limited to a maximum of 50 (25 people from each branch) and the event is heavily subsidised by the BCS. Note that children below the age of 6 years are welcome but will not be included in these numbers (but we still need their details for catering purposes). The cost per person (6 years and over) for the whole day is £10 and this includes a finger/sandwich buffet lunch. Registration is only available to BCS members.

A base room will be made available for use during the day with tea, coffee and water freely available all day. The LEGO will be kept in this room so that those who do not complete the competition in the morning will have the opportunity to try it in the afternoon.


Saturday 20th June 2015 - Pen Testing Day

Location: The Newton Building, Avenue Campus, University Of Northampton, NN2 6JD

Presenter: Sarith Chandra

Arrive at 09:00am for a 10:00am start. Finish 17:00 approx

Do you think you have the skills to work as a white hat hacker? Does the idea of penetration testing applications and infrastructure and learning the techniques for breaking into systems seem to be your ideal career?

If you've been working as a developer, in infrastructure or application support, and maybe already know the difference between nmap, metasploit and sql injection, then this could be the event for you!

We are running a one day overview of penetration testing, starting with how to develop a career in penetration testing, reviewing the methodology involved and getting close up with the tools used by professional ethical hackers. The event has hands on sessions with theory and labs. Make sure you bring your laptop! (Joining instructions will be provided on registration few days prior to the event).

Please note this opportunity is only open to a maximum of 30 attendees, and that we recommend only those who have a genuine interest in a penetration/ethical hacking/security testing career, and have experience of working with web applications, databases, and network protocols should register to leverage full value from the content.

Pre-work: Familiarise yourself with some basic Networking & Operating system concepts (TCP/IP, Protocols, Services etc.).

Mandatory Pre-work & Requirements:

Bring your laptop with a working bootable DVD drive and bootable USB slot, power supply.

Kali Linux - Download and create a bootable version (LiveCD/Live boot) of Linux onto a USB or DVD (available free to download here: http://www.kali.org/downloads/).

Ensure that the version you download is suitable for use on your machine and that you have tested (booted into) it prior to the day (32 bit or 64 bit, PC or Mac etc.)

Please test if you are able to boot into the Operating System and able to access the Internet.

Ensure your wireless and wired network connections both work in the Kali Linux environment (configured to DHCP).

We strongly recommend using a bootable (live-boot) version of Kali Linux.

But if for any reason you are unable to boot into Kali on your laptop then you could look at virtualization technologies like Oracle Virtual Box (https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads) or VMware Player (https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/free#desktop_end_user_computing/vmware_player/7_0) both of which are free for personal use. You could run Kali Linux on these applications. (Instructions: https://www.offensive-security.com/kali-linux-vmware-arm-image-download/)


May 16th 2015 - Voip PBX Workshop

Location: Room NW041 in The Newton Building, Avenue Campus, University Of Northampton, NN2 6JD

Presenter: John Blackburn

Arrive at 10:00am for a 10:30am start. Finish 16:00 approx

Follow up to successful VOIP presentation, take part in a workshop where we form into small workgroups to:

Install and configure a FreePBX (Asterisk) VOIP PBX to a Raspberry PI.

Install a physical VOIP phone and a lap top soft phone to connect to the PBX.

Form VOIP trunks to interconnect to other PI PBXs and make routed calls.

Configure a trunk to an external VOIP provider and make external calls.

If time allows, configure phone services and directories.

There will be an initial presentation followed by the workshop tasks where you can work your way step by step to a functioning private telephone network. There will be advice and help throughout.

If possible, bring a laptop - the workshop will form attendees into 5 workgroups each working on their own small PBX configured using a laptop. It is envisaged that there will be up to 5 attendees in each workgroup.


21st April 2015 - IT Service Management - Putting the theory into practice

Location: Room NW205 in The Newton Building, Avenue Campus, University Of Northampton, NN2 6JD

Presenters: Karl McCarthy

Duration 19:00 for 19:30 - 21:00

So, How relevant is traditional IT service management based on the ITIL framework today, with the advent of cloud computing and Software as a Service? Why is IT Service Management Important and how can it be practically applied; from military operational enterprise IT solutions to SME SaaS organisations?

Karl McCarthy will present a personal view on the “practical” application of the ITIL V3 framework for IT Service Management. With a particular look at IT Service Management use in a deployed Military Environment (for the full spectrum of support required in deployed operations) vs. an ITIL Lite application within the SaaS environment.

Karl McCarthy is the Head of UK Service Delivery for White Clarke Group in Milton Keynes, leading the professionalisation of the ITIL processes and framework for the organisation. Karl is a seasoned Information Systems (IS) and Communications Technology executive experienced in leading IS professionals, security minded architecture strategy and projects for the successful delivery of operations in the most demanding, hostile environments. A Chartered IT Professional and Fellow of the BCS with experience developed over a 25-year career as an Engineer and Officer in the Royal Air Force.


13th January 2015 - The Internet of Things

Location: Room NW205 in The Newton Building, Avenue Campus, University Of Northampton, NN2 6JD

Duration 19:00 for 19:30 - 21:00

Presenters: Barney Duffey and David Pink

5 levels of Connectivity

IOT in the Home

The IOT Home HUB

IOT in Business

IOT Mobility

IP addressing why IPV6 is a must

Privacy

Futures

Live demo of Plant Tool diagnostics


9th December 2014 - Machine To Machine Lectures

Location: Room NW205 in The Newton Building, Avenue Campus, University Of Northampton, NN2 6JD

Duration 19:00 for 19:30 - 21:00

Presenter: Barney Duffey

What is it?

What is it used for?

Connectivity

Fixed and Mobile devices

Why is machine to machine so important?

What is the connection with the internet of everything?


30th October 2014 BCS Northampton - Raspberry PI Drop In Session and Presentation

Event 1: Talk on FreePBX / Asterisk on Raspberry PI

Presenter: J.M.Blackburn

Event 2: Drop-in Workshop: Have your Pi Now What?

Dr Scott Turner Associate Professor in Computing and Immersive Technologies, University of Northampton Public Engagement Ambassador and National STEM Ambassador


Where- Second Floor, Newton Building, University of Northampton NN2 6JB

Time - 19:30-21:00

Event 1

Duration - 15 to 20 minutes

Aim: - to generate interest in the use of of VOIP on the Raspberry PI and, if sufficient interest is generated, to organize a more detailed workshop in the future.

Topics Covered:-

1. Outline of VOIP as a voice technology

2. Advantages of VOIP telephony for business and the consumer.

3. FreePBX on the Raspberry PI. Build, configuration and usage.

4. Discussion of VOIP trunk technology, VOIP services.

5. Demo of a PI FreePBX system with two VOIP phones.

Examples of VOIP services providers that support both SIP and IAX/IAX2 trunking for DID (Direct Inward Dialling) numbers are shown in the links below. These are numbers that you would own for accepting inward and making outward calls. Some only provide numbers in one country, others provide numbers worldwide. These are not recommendations, simply examples. There are more SIP/IAX2 providers and gazillions of SIP only providers to be found. Those of you that already have significant knowledge in the area may want to embark on VOIP services but otherwise it is recommend waiting for our next more detailed workshop. Keep watching this website for an announcement.

Event 2

Duration - 1.5hrs

Aim: What can you do with that Raspberry Pi this half term, that you brought but never got around to using? This is one of the two Raspberry Pi focused parallel session being run on 30th October2014. In this session some basic example activities will be shown and facilitated. It is an informal drop-in session, so come have a try at some simple programming and control with the Raspberry Pi. All based around a fun, free programming language Scratch (scratch.mit.edu).

Audience- Beginners to Raspberry Pi, including general public, members and non-members. Children are welcome to this.

Example Activities-

1. Basic Scratch programming activity:- Bonfire Night Game. Which can be done on either the Raspberry Pi or PCs.

2. Scratch control of LEDs via a Raspberry Pi.

3. Junkbot. Be one of the first to program a robot made from a Raspberry Pi, a drinks can, pens, and a motor and get it to draw (see http://youtu.be/lsIEEvpT3ik and http://junkbots.blogspot.co.uk/ for more details)


September 2014 - Northampton BCS Branch AGM

NOTIFICATION OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – Northampton BRANCH

We have pleasure in drawing your attention to the Annual General Meeting of the Northampton Branch of the BCS, which will be held on 30th September 14

The AGM will be held in Room NW205 of The Newton Building at The University of Northampton, Avenue Campus, St Georges Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JD

Doors will open at 19:00 hrs, The AGM will commence at 19.30hrs.


20th July 2014 - Joint BCS Northampton and Bedford branch visit to Bletchley Park TNMOC

Theme: Bletchley Park The National Museum of Computing Family Day

Time: Doors open at 10.30am for an 11.00am start

Abstract

You are warmly invited to take part in a Family Day in July at Bletchley Park’s National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) on Sunday 20 July. Bring all the family there will be activities suitable for children of all ages.

This event is for members of BCS Bedford and Northampton branches and their families.

TNMOC enables visitors to follow the development of computing from the ultra-secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the mainframes of the 1960s and 1970s, and the rise of personal computing in the 1980s including a newly rebuilt and fully operational Colossus, the world’s first electronic programmable computer.

TNMOC receives no government or lottery funding and you will be impressed by the enthusiasm of the staff involved in the project including the many volunteers who regularly give up their valuable time to ensure that this ever growing collection is restored and maintained.

You will need to register using the link below. If fully booked, please use the Regsiter Interest Link.

It would be a good idea to register NOW since the event is completely free for the first 40 people who register (20 people from each branch). Note that children below the age of 6 years are welcome but will not be included in these numbers (but we still need their details for catering purposes). There will be a small charge for people who wish to attend above this number (unless there are cancellations). If you are unable to register free at the above address, please register your interest for the event at the booking link below. Should a cancellation place become available you will be contacted by the BCS Please note that this maybe close to the actual event date.

Luncheon and drinks will be provided free of charge

A base room will be made available for use during the day with tea, coffee and water freely available all day. The LEGO will be kept in this room so that those who do not complete the competition in the morning will have the opportunity to try it in the afternoon.

Agenda

10.30am Registration and refreshments

11.00am Welcome Tour of the LEGO DUPLO Building with activities for children including a LEGO competition (build a vintage computer from LEGO blocks) OR Guided Tour of The National Museum of Computing

12.30am Luncheon

After lunch Free-flow through The National Museum of Computing. You are free to wander at will and enjoy all the interactive displays. There are a multitude of activities suitable for all ages - not least vintage games consoles, a host of other games and also coding opportunities on the BBC Micro, in Scratch and on the Raspberry Pi (in its Fuze guise). Tour of the Colossus and Tunny Galleries View of the world's oldest original working digital computer, the Harwell Dekatron computer aka WITCH Women in Computing

The agenda is still being finalised but will include a family quiz between Bedford and Northants branches. Let’s hope that the sun continues to shine so we can get out the giant lawn chess set!

How to get there

The National Museum of Computing is located on the Bletchley Park Estate, near Milton Keynes. The post code is MK3 6EB. When using a sat-nav please enter Sherwood Drive, Bletchley, as the postcode may take you to the wrong location.

At the Main Gate of Bletchley Park ask for The National Museum of Computing in Block H. There are parking spaces there and parking is free.

Disabled Access

The museum has wheelchair access to all galleries and displays, and there is a unisex disabled toilet near the TNMOC Shop.


April 5th 2014 - Pen Testing Training Day

Do you think you have the skills to work as a white hat hacker? Does the idea of penetration testing applications and infrastructure and learning the latest techniques for breaking into systems seem to be your ideal career? Are you able to describe complex technical issues to non-technical managerial staff without using complex technical terms? If you've been working as a developer, in infrastructure or application support, and maybe already know the difference between nmap, metasploit and sql injection, then this could be the event for you!

We're running a one day complete overview of penetration testing starting with how to develop a career in penetration testing, through the methodologies involved and how to be a professional, ethical, hacker to the common tools and techniques used. The afternoon session provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate your skills as you work in teams to hack into other team's systems and protect your own. Please note this opportunity is only open for 50 attendees, and that we recommend only those who have a genuine interest in a penetration testing career, and have experience of working with web applications, databases, and network protocols should register.

Provisional Timetable

Registration

09:00 - 09:30

Workshop Introduction

09:30 - 10:00

Pentest Careers

10:00 - 10:45

Pentest Methodology

10:45 - 11:30

Break

11:30 - 11:45

Pentest Tools and Techniques - pt 1

11:45 - 12:30

Lunch

12:30 - 13:30

Pentest Tools and Techniques - pt 2

13:30 - 14:15

Capture the Flag Introduction

14:15 - 14:30

Capture the Flag - pt 1

14:30 - 16:00

Capture the Flag - pt 2

16:15 - 17:30

Networking

17:30 - 18:00


April 2014 - Student Event

Further Details To Follow


March 2014 - Women in Computing

Further Details To Follow


February 2014 - Raspberry PII Event

Further Details To Follow


21st January 2014 - Lecture Mobile Device Management and Bring your own device.

Lecture to start at 7:30pm members arrive after 7pm

Room 205 Northampton University Avenue Campus, University of Northampton, St Georges Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JD


Part 1

What is Mobile device Management and why introduce BYOD Barney Duffy

> What Mobility is about (MDM, Mobile Content Management, Mobile Application Management, Integration, Security)

> Why you should consider before introducing BYOD such as polices, profiles and benefits.

> WLAN access, Mobile Applications Diary and Calendar.

> Multiple devices.

> Managing access to active sync through Mobile Device Management.

> Device Management versus sandbox environment.

> Migration to mobile devices from workstations.

> Company assistance in purchasing devices Why is this a good idea.


Part 2 Alistair from Mutch Mobileiron

> MDM Technology, How it works (AD, SCEP Integration, access to Share point)

> Why MDM is secure

> How users enrol to the service

> Differences in the different OS and handsets, Things to consider

> Deploying handsets, managing upgrades

> Public and Enterprise applications (Wrapped Apps)

> Current Functionality (What is possible have you a good example)

> Future functionality (what is coming in the near future)

> Integration with Cisco ISE technology (What are the benefits)

> Removing information, partial full wipe

> Protection against jailbreak

> How BYOD can save companies money and provide security

> Companies that have benefitted from BYOD such as NHS etc


27th November 2013 - Northampton BCS Branch AGM and Lecture

The AGM will commence at 19.00hrs.

Following the AGM, there will be a Chair's Invitation lecture on Mobile Application with 3 separate speakers commencing at 20:00 hours. Refreshments will be available from 19:30 hours.

Barney Duffy will provide an overview on Mobile Applications, Espen Svennevik will talk on Development methodologies, and tips, and Adam Bradley will talk about NHS based web applications

Location: Room TBC, Avenue Campus, University of Northampton, St Georges Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JD


22nd October 2013 - Machine Vision In The Mailing Machine Industry

Location: University of Northampton Avenue Campus (The Great Hall), Newton Building, St Georges Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JB

Time:Evening session with networking opportunities

Registration: 19:30 - 20:00

Presentation Commnences: 20:00

Presenter: John Blackburn

The aim of the talk is to describe machine vision as a prime mover for the support of mailing machine finishing.

1.1. Mailing Machine Introduction

1.2. Transactions

Introduce the relevance of transaction processing to mailing machines with comparison to the more familiar database transaction.

1.2.1. Definition of a Transaction

1.2.2. Mailing Machine Transactions

Description of how the mailing machine processes and enforces the integrity of transactions in the assembly of customer envelopes using camera read codes. Also describe how an organisation can create the printed material for a bulk mailing using a set of structured queries applied to a corporate database and a proprietary print process.

1.3. Machine Vision

Introduction of machine vision as a central component of mailing machine operations.

1.3.1. Machine Vision vs Image Processing

Explanation of the difference between image processing and machine vision.

1.3.2. Codes

1.3.2.1. Code Types

Description of the various code types read from paper and their characteristics.

1.3.2.2. OMR Example

Detailed example of how a camera can detect and decode an Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) code

Location: Newton Grand Hall, Newton Building, Avenue Campus, University of Northampton, St Georges Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JD


15th March 2013 - National Science Week



March 2013 - International Women's Day

Location: Avenue Campus


February 12th 2013 - Building Effective Problem Solving Groups

Location: University of Northampton Avenue Campus (The Great Hall), Newton Building, St Georges Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JB

Time:Evening session with networking opportunities and light bites/drinks

- Registration: 19:00 - 1930

- Session 1: 19:30 - 20:30

- Networking session: 20:30 - 21:00

Synopsis:

The demand for increasingly sophisticated IT applications is leading to complex systems that are interconnected with other complex systems. This in turn is driving an increase in the number of difficult performance and stability problems.

The cause of such problems is frequently obscure, which makes it difficult to allocate the problem to the correct technology team. Consequently the problem bounces from team to team, as each in turn ‘proves’ that their technology is not to blame.

Many organisations are aware of this issue and are tackling it by creating a service-orientated Problem Solving Group (PSG).

In this presentation we cover the need for PSGs, the benefits they deliver, their structure and strategies to optimise their effectiveness.

Running Time: 55 minutes - 40 Mins presentation plus 15 Mins for questions

Presenter: Paul Offord

Paul Offord has had a 33-year career in the IT industry that includes roles in hardware engineering, software engineering and network management. Prior to founding Advance7 in 1989, he worked for IBM, National Semiconductor and Hitachi Data Systems.

Paul is now the Development Director at Advance7 and has been pivotal in the development of the RPR® Method. He is a respected speaker on the subject of problem diagnosis and delivers RPR training both in the UK and internationally.

Paul is a Certified IT Professional and a Fellow of the British Computer Society.


- Open to both BCS and non-BCS members, no cost.

- Students and young professionals are encouraged to attend


24th January 2013 - New Colossus Gallery at Bletchley Park

Time: 7pm , for a tour start at 7:30pm finishing at approx.. 9pm.

Presenter: Barney Duffy – Deputy Chair, BCS Northampton (2011-2013)

Venue: Bletchley Park, Sherwood Drive, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK3 6EB.

Synopsis:

Visiting the new Colossus Gallery with the ability to walk around the system. Colossus, the world's first programmable electronic computer, had a single purpose: to help decipher the Lorenz-encrypted (Tunny) messages between Hitler and his generals during World War II. The Colossus Gallery housing the rebuild of Colossus tells that remarkable story. Colossus reduced the time to work out the Lorenz chi-wheel settings and enabled more messages to be deciphered and the whole code-breaking operation to be accelerated. The information gleaned from the decrypted messages is widely acknowledged to have shortened the war by many months, saving tens of thousands of lives. The cipher text was input via paper tape and the 2500 valves of Colossus would find the Lorenz machine chi-wheel settings. By the end of the war, 63 million characters of high-grade German communications had been decrypted by 550 people helped by the ten Colossus computers. Plus a look at the NPL gallery, how the internet was built.


Wednesday, 12th December 2012 - Stakeholder Management: Hard tools and soft skills

Evening session with networking opportunities and drinks

Registration: 19:00

Presentation: 19:30

Q&A: 20:45

End: 21:00

Presenter: Dr Peter Parkes FAPM CITP FBCS (Director, Peak Performance)

Venue: University of Northampton Park Campus , (Room C101), Cottesbrooke Building, Boughton Green Road, Northampton, NN2 7AL

Synopsis:

We want stakeholders to believe their project to be a success. Hence, a good understanding of stakeholder groups and networks is essential, not only to delivery of your project, but also in how it is perceived in terms of success, on delivery and afterwards during benefits realisation. But understanding who your key stakeholders are and what they expect is only half of the story. What is the best way to communicate with them in terms of not only channels but also style and language, and how do you find out? In this interactive talk Peter will describe some of the conventional stakeholder management tools that he has found effective and then go on to discuss some methods for determining communication preferences and developing flexibility in style.

Presenter Profile:

Peter has held project leadership roles in the private sector, public sector, PPPs and Big 4 management consultancies, usually leading technology enabled transformation or recovery of major projects. He has successfully engaged a range of stakeholders including; regulatory bodies, trade unions, government departments, MPs, investors, international JV partners, suppliers, CXOs, Sponsors / SROs, and of course customers and end users. He is an established platform speaker and regular contributor of articles to trade journals. His book, NLP for Project Managers, was published by the BCS in 2011 and he is currently delivering soft skills based training for PMs as a Director of Peak Performance - see www.NLP4PM.com. He is also a director and trustee with the Association for Project Management, being board champion for best practice groups (SIGs).


22nd November 2012 - Northampton Branch AGM

Start Time: 19:00

Welcome and Introductions

Apologies for absence

Minutes of the previous AGM (and if appropriate EGM)

Matters arising from the minutes

A report from the Chair on the year’s activities

A report from the Treasurer, including a review of income and expenditure against the budget agreed with BCS HQ for the past year and an explanation of next years budget request.

Election of Chair, Treasurer and committee members

Any other business

Room MB8, Avenue Campus, University of Northampton, NN2 6JD


8th November 2012 - Social Networking And Pub Games

Apologies. We have had to cancel the event at Silverstone. This is due to circumstances beyond our control. We will reshedule a similar event at a later date.


4th October 2012 - Introduction to Cryptography

Presenter: Sarith Chandra MBCS CISSP Security+ MSc(Info Sec) MSc(Eng) BEng(IT)

Time:Evening session with networking opportunities and light bites/drinks

- Registration: 18:30

- Session 1: 19:00

- Break & Networking session: 19:45

- Session 2: 20:00

- Q&A: 20:45

- End: 21:00

Location: University of Northampton Avenue Campus (The Great Hall), Newton Building, St Georges Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JB

Objectives:

- Introduce Cryptography for Beginners

- Refresh some Crypto concepts for Experts

- Learn some Best practices

- Interactive session with "Crack some code" examples

Target Audience: Students, Fresh graduates, IT professionals, Developers/DBAs and anyone with general interest in Cryptography

Detail:

- Cryptology

- Cipher Exercise

- Cryptography

- Cryptanalysis

- Some Best Practices

- Database Encryption

- Crypto Challenge (competition)

Pre-requisites:

- You need to only have general awareness of IT and Computer Security concepts

- Willingness to learn about this field and its concepts

- This session does not delve into the mathematics of cryptography and is suitable for absolute beginners

- If you like solving puzzles then you might enjoy some of the exercises during the interactive session

Due to the need to monitor likely attendance levels at this kind of event which is likely to be very popular, we would ask everyone to preregister using the link below, there is no charge and the event is open to members and none members alike.

For further queries please contact - csarith@bcs.org


September 2012 - Branch AGM

Details to follow


July 2012 - Student Prize Giving

This years Students Prize:

Park Campus:

Best Student:

Sabah Dada BSc Business Computing Systems

Most promising Student:

Timothy Bradley BSc Business Computing Systems

Avenue Campus: The prize winners are:

Best Final Year Student

John Marsh A+, A+, A+, A+, A (123 pts) BSc Computing (Computer Networks Engineering).

Best First Year (by 1st year grade profile)

Gaurav Ravindra A+, A+, A, A-, A-, A- BSc Computing (Software Engineering).


June 13th 2012 - Applications for RFID

Synopsis:

Andrew James RFID Sales Manager - Established a new business channel at Harland Simon with RFID as the underlying technology. Focus on delivering active and passive RFID solutions to deliver improved efficiency in busy, multi floor healthcare environments where location tracking is key. Recent successes include location tracking solutions at Cambridge University Hospitals, South Devon Chesterfield Royal Hospital and Milton Keynes General Hospital.

Declan Begley - Business Development Manager (RFID) - Declan has 15 years experience delivering IT projects in the newspaper printing industry across the globe but in recent years has taken an interest in using RFid to solve a range of everyday problems - include tracking the money on Channel 4's 'The Million Pound Drop'.

Subjects: Active and passive RF Solutions and introduction on latest miniature RF/GPRS/GSM/LF/GPS technology

Location: Room MB8 at University of Northampton Campus St Georges Road NN2 6JD

Light Refreshments/drinks @ 6:30-6:45 pm for 7:15-7:30 start,

Parking for MB8 : drive down the entrance off St George's Ave, between Bassett-Lowke Hall and Maidwell Building. Park at the bottom of the driveway, walk back up to the Zebra crossing you just drove over and the entrance is on your left in the Maidwell building.


May 17th 2012 - Careers Event

On 17th May 2012, the Northampton Branch of the BCS is running a Careers event aimed mainly (but not exclusively) at young professionals in computing in Northamptonshire, Milton Keynes and surrounding areas. This builds on last years successful IT Skills for the Recession/Recovery event.

Questions you might want to use this session to help you with:

How do you know what skills are needed to strengthen your value to industry?

How do you prepare for a job search?

How do you set yourselves apart from your peers?

Provisional Timetable

6:30 - 7:00 Tea/coffee, students to visit stalls

7:00 - 7:20 First speaker : The Graduate (CVs/interviews)

7:20 - 7:40 Second speaker : Lydia Selby (Getting into the Business of IT)

7:40 - 8:00 Third speaker : Network Rail (Graduate schemes)

8:00 - 8:15 Refreshments

8:15 - 8:45 (may go on till 9:00) Panel

Alongside these speakers other potential employers are aiming to attend. More details about this event will follow.

Due to the need to monitor likely attendance levels at this kind of event which is likely to be very popular, we would ask everyone to preregister using the link below, there is no charge and the event is open to members and none members alike.

Location: Great Hall of the Newton Building, Avenue Campus


Thursday, 15th March 2012 - Moving to the New Chartered IT Professional status (CITP)

Presenter: Dr Jon G. Hall , Computing Dept. Open University

Q&A session with Dr Jon G. Hall and Peter Wheatcroft BSc CEng FIET CITP FBCS FCMI. Director of 4 Dimensions Partnership Ltd & Principal Consultant at Partners in IT

Time: Evening session - 18:30 registration & networking, 19:30 presentation, Q&A 20:00, 20:30 networking session, 21:00 end

Location: Room MB8 at University of Northampton Campus St Georges Road NN2 6JD

Who Should Attend:

Open to both BCS and non-BCS members Students, young professionals and Members are encouraged to attend

Objectives:

To provide guidance on the advantages of being a member, and what is involved in progressing to Chartered status in IT.

Discussion on the disadvantages and the commitment this status brings. Is CITP right for you?

Summary of the Event:

In the rapidly evolving and increasingly competitive world of IT, providing proof of your experience, ability and breadth of knowledge could make all the difference in helping you to take the next step forward in your career.

Employers, recruiters and clients are actively searching for something extra from their candidates: a mark of integrity and dedication to the industry. Chartered IT Professional status is proof that you are one of the best in the business.

If you're an independent consultant looking to secure new business, or an IT professional seeking advancement, becoming Chartered can give you that much-needed edge over the competition, expand your horizons and boost future earnings.


Thursday, 26th January 2012 - Introduction to Cryptography

Presenter: Sarith Chandra MBCS CISSP Security+ MSc(Info Sec) MSc(Eng) BEng(IT)

Time: Evening session for 2 hrs - 18:30 registration, 19:00 start, 20:30 end, 20:30 - 21:00 Q&A + Networking session

Location: Room NW205 in The Newton Building, Avenue Campus, University Of Northampton, NN2 6JD

Objectives:

- Introduce Cryptography for Beginners

- Refresh some Crypto concepts for Experts

- Learn some Best practices

- Interactive session with "Crack some code" examples

Target Audience: Students, Fresh graduates, IT professionals, Developers/DBAs and anyone with general interest in Cryptography

Detail:

- Cryptology

- Cipher Exercise

- Cryptography

- Cryptanalysis

- Some Best Practices

- Database Encryption

- Crypto Challenge (competition)

Pre-requisites:

- You need to only have general awareness of IT and Computer Security concepts

- Willingness to learn about this field and its concepts

- This session does not delve into the mathematics of cryptography and is suitable for absolute beginners

- If you like solving puzzles then you might enjoy some of the exercises during the interactive session

Due to the need to monitor likely attendance levels at this kind of event which is likely to be very popular, we would ask everyone to preregister using the link below, there is no charge and the event is open to members and none members alike.

For further queries please contact - csarith@bcs.org


Thursday, 24th November 2011 - Security risks in a "nothing to hide society"

Speaker : Tom Schneider - Senior Security Consultant - Open Systems AG Zurich

Time: 19:00 start Q&A + Networking session + Tea and Coffee

Location: Room NW205 in The Newton Building, Avenue Campus, University Of Northampton, NN2 6JD

This event is open to Members and none Members, just arrive on the night.

A look at the privacy and security risks associated with the use of Social Media (i.e. Facebook), Wikileaks & Cloud based services

- How does it affect you ?

- How does it affect business/companies ?

How can these risks be mitigated and how do these challenges in IT security develop into interesting careers ?

Introducing Open Systems a Zurich based high security business and examples of their work with one of their high profile clients the International Red Cross. See Hyperlink below.....

Tom Schneider is currently Open Systems Senior Key Account Manager for NGO's (UNICEF, UNDP, WHO and ICRC)

He studied at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland, where he gained an engineer's degree in Communications and Informatics.

During his studies, Tom Schneider worked for Bank Leu and Credit Suisse in the global network operations team in Zurich. He joined Open Systems in 2005. Before his role as a Senior Key Account Manager he was head of a professional service unit, in charge of engineering and customer project implementations.


Thursday, 13th October 2011 - Northampton Branch AGM

Location: Room NW205 in The Newton Building, Avenue Campus, University Of Northampton, NN2 6JD

Duration 19:00 for 19:30 - 21:00


Refreshments: Tea and Coffee from 19:00

Content:


AGM, Student Prize Giving followed by Branch Meeting


Congratulations to the Student Prize Winners:-


Best Student

Business - Sam Whitfield

Technical - Jonathan Stearnes to be awared at the AGM


Most Promising Student

Business - Leanne Town

Technical - Liam Jackson to be awared at the AGM


July 24th 2011 - Visit The National Museum of Computing (Bletchley Park) and Talk on 'Acorn/BBC/Doomsday Book'

Following our last two hugely popular visits, this year's event will be held on a Sunday, which should cater for any members, and their family members, who were unable to make the previous evening events. The running order for the day is currently:-

10:30 Tea/coffee

10:45 Colossus/Tunny

11:15 Tour of Main Frame Gallery, Analogue computing exhibit, Powers Samas Punched Card kit andPC Gallery

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Presentation of Acorn/BBC/Doomsday Project with Chris Monk

15:30 Tea/coffee

16:00 Depart


Owing to the number of available guides there has to be a limit of 30 guests only for this event. You will be required to register in order to attend this event. A registration link is included below. There will be a £5 charge to BCS members, £10 for non members.


Catering cannot be provided, so you will need to bring a packed lunch.


10.30am for 10.45am


The National Museum of Computing

Bletchley Park

Milton Keynes

MK3 6EB



April 2011 - Computer Forensics

More details to follow.


Thursday and Friday 17th and 18th March 2011 - BCS ISSG Annual Conference - Information Security and Governance

BCS-ISSG are holding their premier annual conference event at Bletchley Park and as this is close to the Northampton Branch, we thought it may be of interest.


9th March 2011 - IT Skills for the Recovery

Speakers from Large Business, Local Business, Recruitment / HR Agency, University, IT Training provider


Skills needed during a recession can differ from those when it's 'Business as usual'. Appreciating this difference is essential to surviving in the current climate.


We have a new Government which is looking hard at budget cuts and this means redundancies in both public and private organisations. There is optimism that IT will play an important role in the economic recovery that is already being felt in certain sectors.


So, How do you know what skills are needed in this day to strengthen your value within your firm and wider industry? How do you prepare for a job search in this environment? How do you hold down a job and progress within your organisation? How do you set yourselves apart from your peers?


Finally, if you are a fresh graduate, then what can you do to increase your chances of securing a job?


Venue: Newton Grand Hall, Newton Building, Avenue Campus, University of Northampton, St Georges Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JD


Date/Time: Wednesday 9th March 2011, 18:30 for registration, start at 19:00.


Open to members and the general public, no cost.


Participants will be able to park around the back. You just need to drive down the small road to the left of the building and press the intercom button on the barrier and say you are there for the BCS event.


7th December 2010 - 3D Immersive Environment, NVision, University of Northampton

An opportunity to look at a state-of-the-art technology centre designed to help businesses create better value propositions by developing and promoting products and services, using 3D immersive stereo visualisation and computational modelling. The facilities include a 4m fully tracked ActiveWall, 512 Core High Performance Computational (HPC) Cluster and the UK's most accessible 5 sided High Definition ActiveCube (CAVE).


Open to members and the general public, no cost.


NVision is a unique 3D immersive technology centre whose remit is to work with businesses to design better products at a lower cost. This is achieved by using the latest visualisation technologies to build greater communication with project teams and reduce the number of physical prototypes required to achieve the desired solution. Virtual prototyping is a proven method of reducing the number of design errors taken forward, improving market acceptance and shortening the overall project lead time. We have a suite of high-end facilities to help your business including a 5-sided HD ActiveCube (CAVE), a 6m wide fully-tracked ActiveWall and a High Performance Computational cluster for image rendering and complex calculations. NVision has been made possible by a £3M funding package from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).



Speakers: Karl Downing and Stuart Wayne


Location: Newton Grand Hall, Newton Building, Avenue Campus, University of Northampton, St Georges Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JD


Time: 7.00 for 7.30pm, teas and coffees on arrival


9th November 2010 - Information Overload

The deluge of data is ever increasing on a daily basis. The issue at the heart of information overload is not the technology itself but the way in which we use it. Its march is not altogether implacable but will, discipline and the support of senior management are needed to reverse the trend. Ian will discuss information overload and how to deal with it effectively.


Ian has over 20 years in the telecoms and payments industry and leader of three technology start-ups. He is author of forthcoming business book "The Activity Illusion."



Open to members and the general public, no cost.


Presenter: Ian Price, Grimsdyke Consulting


Venue: Room MB8, University of Northampton, Avenue Campus, Northampton, NN2 6JD


Time: 7.00 for 7.30pm, teas and coffees on arrival


6th October 2010 - Branch AGM

Location: Avenue Campus, room and time to be confirmed.


July 2010 - Student Prizes

Student prizes will be awarded during the Student Graduations in July


July 14th 2010 - Women in Engineering Event

The School of Science and Technology, University of Northampton, is hosting the Women in Engineering event on 14th July 2010, at its impressive new facilities in the Newton Building at Avenue Campus. The focus of the event is to promote, encourage and inspire young women, aged 13, to pursue careers in science, technology and engineering. Over 80 Year 8 girls and their teachers from local Northampton schools are invited to join female engineers from the University and local industry for a fun morning to explore the exciting world of engineering, computing and science. The event will feature inspirational presentations from female engineers and scientists, providing a snapshot of their career highlights and successes, workshops to work alongside female role models on exciting hands-on activities, and opportunity to network with and be inspired by women working in the industry.


May 21st 2010 - Silver Surfers Day

Malcolm Collins Northampton Branch Chairman is the Digital Unite Tutor for Northamptonshire and anyone wishing to suggest an event, participate or volunteer can contact him directly.


May 19th 2010 - Visit The Collossus Computer and then a tour around the Museum & Bletchley Park

Following last seasons hugely successful visit, we are going to hold this event again for those that missed out the last time.


A presentation to be given by Tony Sales followed by a glass of wine and a visit to the Collossus Computer. If time permits a short tour around the National Museum of Computing may follow.


Owing to the size of the meeting room available there has to be a limit of 40 guests only for this event. You will be required to register in order to attend this event. A registration link will be posted in the next few days. The event is free to BCS members, but non-members there will be a £10 charge.


15th February 2010 - Why transitioning from a reactive helpdesk and culture to a proactive service desk approach is critical to success whether you're a Borg or not.

For many organisations and customers the Service Desk is their window on the level of service and professionalism provided by ICT. It is a critical function to ensuring business; stakeholder and customer confidence in ICT is maintained. Many organisations running a traditional re-active helpdesk function are now ready, and need, to move to the next level of service maturity; transitioning from that of simply providing a reactive function, to a proactive Service Desk that will genuinely allow you to do more with the same or less; do things faster, more efficiently and cheaper. Don's session will address:


- How to transition from helpdesk to Service Desk

- How to demonstrate to the business and customers what a great job your team does

- What your updated Service Desk skill profile needs to be

- How you can - do more with the same or less

- How your new Service Desk can get more value out your 2nd and 3rd line teams


Don Page is CEO of the Marval Group based in Kettering. His innovative thought leadership and pragmatic approach, has made him a world-renowned and respected industry figure in the field of IT Service Management. He has been responsible for co-authoring several of the most important IT service management publications in the world including the worldwide standard ISO/IEC 20000 & the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL). His customer projects have won an un-precedented eleven IT service improvement project awards both in Public & Private sector environments, because he believes well managed IT and Service Structure are Critical to Success. Don has also taken time out to help the University of Northampton roll out the world's first MSc in IT Service Management which won the (IT Service Management Forum) itSMF award for innovation last October. Don continues to push back the boundaries and help organisations across the world deliver excellence in this critical and often underrated field.


27th January 2010 - Criminal use of Technology, by Chris Simpson MSc FBCS from the National Policing Improvement Agency

Chris joined the Metropolitan Police after 9 years in the military, during which time he saw service as a bomb disposal team commander in the UK, Germany, Northern Ireland and Bosnia. In the police he has served in uniform and detective roles within Central London, the Anti-Terrorist Branch and Economic Crime. Post 9/11 he was the staff officer to Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke, National Co-ordinator for Terrorist Investigations, during one of the most hectic operational periods ever experienced in the Branch. In 2004 he left this role to take over the Metropolitan Police's Computer Crime Unit, he subsequently served with Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary before returning to main stream policing as Intelligence manager on Islington Borough. Chris led the initial police response to the high profile murder of Ben Kinsella in 2008, which ultimately led to the conviction of the three perpetrators. In 2008 Chris took on the role of head of High Training within the National Policing Improvements Agency. Chris holds a Masters degree in Information Technology Security and a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Computing, he is currently undertaking the IACIS international computer forensics accreditation.



The event will be held on Wednesday, 27th January 2010 @ 7 for 7.30pm



Venue: Room MB8, University of Northampton, Avenue Campus, Northampton, NN2 6JD


Please refer to the graphic in the link below; enter the campus via the Student & Visitor Entrance from St George's Avenue. Park your car in the Car Park at the end of the Visitor Entrance; walk back towards the zebra crossing and enter the main Maidwell building at the door at the end of the crossing. Once in the building turn right and MB8 is on the right on that corridor.


2nd December 2009 - The changing landscape of cyber security and malicious software

Speaker: Jacques Erasmus, Malware Director and Specialist with prevx.com


The volume of malware has accelerated, rapidly driven by a change in motive amongst writers from malicious intent to commercial intent evolving from "occasional" exploits to a thriving global economy. With the increasing scale and sophistication of attacks ensuring you or your users are protected is an increasing challenge demanding a "collaborative" approach to beat the cyber criminals, protecting consumers and businesses.


Modern malware attacks aren't confided to the dark areas of the internet anymore as you can get infected by simply visiting a perfectly legitimate website that you visit on a daily basis. Jacques will use a real life example of how such an attack takes place and what is needed to do it. He will also give you an insight into the tools cyber criminals are using to compromise their victims. This will be a straight talking and deep dive into what is happening on a day to day basis, including topics such as:


- a look into what is happening within the computer underground

- showing off new technologies used by hackers to compromise their victims

- talking about a real life case study of how hackers compromise websites to serve malware

- new methods used by hackers to compromise mobile users

- key points that you need to be aware of about modern day malware


Jacques Erasmus (Director of Malware Research at Prevx) researches emergent types of malware to ensure users are fully protected from these new forms of cyber-threat. Jacques has recently featured on the BBC 6 o'clock news, BBC Click, BBC Breakfast, ITV News and is often approached by international media for his opinion on emerging Internet threats.


Jacques has also been instrumental in the development and growth of the Prevx product (with over over 5 million users worldwide), as well as helping to launch a number of consumer-facing security products which are now protecting millions of people across the world. Jacques has been central to helping champion a behaviour-based approach to security software which addresses the faults inherent with the signature-based methods used by many existing major anti-virus vendors.


18th November 2009 - Business Continuity Management, Why now?

Given the current economic conditions why should businesses invest time and money in Business Continuity? When times are tough it is easy to make other priorities and to assume "it will never happen to us".


Mike Hill from Itica Consulting will present on Business Continuity Management and demonstrate why it is just as important during a recession to manage risk effectively and will provide some practical tips on how to make Business Continuity effective in your organisation.


Mike is a chartered accountant and Head of the Commercial Services Practice of Itica Consulting. Mike has considerable IT Risk Management experience from his time at GlaxoSmithKline and NatWest and now uses that experience to help clients maximise the benefit from their investment in IT.


Venue: Grendon Lecture Theatre (GLT), University College Northampton, Park Campus, Boughton Green Rd,

Northampton, NN2 7AL.

Time: 7 for 7:30pm


Please refer to the graphic in the link below; From Boughton Green Road follow the signs into the Park Campus car park. Once parked, walk towards to far right of the car park and into the Holdenby Reception. Go to the right of security receiption and follow the signs towards Grendan Lecture Theatre, passing through the computer lab before turning left at the reception area for Grendan Lecture Theatre.


15th October 2009 - Windows 7 and BCS Transformation Event

With the launch of Microsoft's newest operating system, Windows 7, approaching on 22nd October and the recent launch of the new look for bcs we will be taking an informal look at what is new for both of them. This event will also be a networking opportunity for members at the start of a new event year, with a buffet and refreshments.


Malcolm Collins and Paul Squires will take you on a brief tour of what's new in Windows 7. Presentations and videos from the recent launch of the new look bcs will also be played, giving members a chance for feedback which can be passed back to bcs HQ. Changes to CITP status may be of particular interest to members. A buffet and light refreshments will also be provided to give members a chance to discus and network.


Venue: Room MB8, University of Northampton, Avenue Campus, Northampton, NN2 6JD

Time: 7 for 7.30pm


Please refer to the graphic in the link below; enter the campus via the Student & Visitor Entrance from St George's Avenue. Park your car in the Car Park at the end of the Visitor Entrance; walk back towards the zebra crossing and enter the main Maidwell building at the door at the end of the crossing. Once in the building turn right and MB8 is on the right on that corridor.


20th July 2009 - University of Northampton Prize Giving 2009

The Northampton branch of the British Computer Society (BCS) rewarded four students for their hard work at The University of Northampton's Summer Graduation ceremonies recently.


Student Prize Winners:-


Best Student

Business - Laura McCloud

Technical - Kevil Vargese Itty


Most Promising Student

Business - Amy Young

Technical - Jonathan Stearnes


24th June 2009 - BCS Northampton Annual General Meeting

Our Annual AGM, will be held at Room MB8, Avenue Campus, Northampton University.

18:30 Registration commences with a light buffet.


A laptop prize drawer was run during the 2008/09 season and the winner was drawn at the AGM using computer software developed by a University of Northampton Technical Student run on the prize laptop.


The Prize winner was Mr Peter Gilbert of the Cheltenham & Gloucester Branch who attended the Agile Event in Jan 2009


May 21st 2009 - Visit The Collossus Computer and then a tour around the Museum & Bletchley Park

Following the hugely successful event "The Enigma Machine, A presentation on the work of the Bletchley Park code breakers in WW2 :- 2nd Oct 2008", we have arranged a presentation to be given by Tony Sales followed by a glass of wine and a visit to the Collossus Computer. If time permits a short tour around the National Museum of Computing may follow. This will all take place on the evening of Thursday May 21st 2009.

Owing to the size of the meeting room available there has to be a limit of 40 guests only for this event.

This will be a chargeable event, with none members paying £7.50p per head and members £5. Details of how to pay will be sent out shortly in an email, however those wishing to attend can email malcolm.collins@bcs.org.uk with their details.

Because we know this will be a very popular event, and numbers are restricted, we are giving you the opportunity to register your wish to attend. To register, please select the link below, please only register if you intend to attend the event, as none attendance will rob another member of the opportunity to attend.


Please note: This event is full, however if you to still register for this event, you can do and you will be invited to a further event to be held in the future.


March 19th 2009 - Technology Transfer from Motor Sport to Road Cars, Prodrive

Come along and see the latest technology being used in motorsport. You'll be able to see either a Subaru or Ford Focus RS. Peter James from Prodrive will be the guest speaker giving an insight on how technology employed in motorsport ends up in the cars we drive on the road.

Location Open University Milton Keynes


January 15th 2009 - In association with the Proms-G BCS Project Management Group - Agile Development Project Management


This is a joint event between Northampton and Bedford branches of the BCS.


Iain McKenna CSP MBCS CITP, Project Success Limited will be providing a presentation about Agile Project Development.

Synopsis

What is Agile development?

A description of Agile development and the values and practices of an Agile team.

What are the benefits?

A look at the benefits of adopting Agile methods both from the client and the team perspectives.

Transitioning to Agile

A look at various approaches that have been used to successfully transition teams to Agile development

Signs of Agility

What does Agile look like when done properly?

When Agile goes wrong.

Some of the common causes of things going wrong and what can be done to put things right.

Venue: Lecture Room 16 ,Cranfield Management Development Centre, Wharley End, Cranfield, Beds, MK43 0HG

Arrival: 7.00 for 7.30pm, teas and coffees on arrival, it is anticipated that there will be some networking time after the event, approx 9-9:30pm


Tuesday 16th Dec 2008 - BCS Northampton Christmas Party

Curry followed by champagne bar at Mem-Saab

357-359 Wellingborough Road, Northampton, NN1 4EU


If you wish to attend, please register the names of ALL attendees including partners.


November 6th 2008 - What have the Romans ever done for the computer industry?

What Have The Romans Ever Done for the Computer Industry? Looking at upcoming technologies using lessons from the past.


Speaker: Stewart Fraser, Unisys Customer Education Department.


This promises to be an interesting and informative talk for people who want to know where the technology and the industry are heading.

In his talk, Stewart will use examples from the past to help identify which trends in IT are likely to have greatest impact in the future. While examples from the past will be accurate, Stewart gives no guarantees for his predictions for the future!

Teas and Coffees to be served on reception and buffet served 8.30pm-9pm.


Our speaker

Following his qualification as a professional archaeologist, Stewart had a conventional early career, living in round houses, digging cess-pits and patrolling on Hadrians wall. Accepting an offer to do something less orthodox, Stewart moved into the IT industry, where he has remained ever since. Stewart has worked for Unisys for many years and currently manages its UK Customer Education department and a development centre for the telecommunications industry.


Time

7.00 for 7.30pm, teas and coffees on arrival

Speaker

Buffet 8.30pm approx.


Venue: Regency Suite, George Hotel Kettering, Sheep Street, Kettering, Northants, NN16 0AN


October 2nd 2008 - The Enigma Machine

Synopsis: Dr Mark Baldwin, a publisher and bookseller in Cleobury Mortimer, was one day cataloguing a book entitled "Very Special Intelligence". Needing to know a little about its content, he was obliged to dip into its pages, and was amazed by what he found. The book told the story of the success of our WW2 codebreakers at Bletchley Park, who read several million German, Italian and Japanese secret messages, and thus hastened Allied victory. This chance encounter stimulated Dr Baldwin into further research, and eventually into acquiring a genuine Enigma machine. He is now recognised as one of the country's leading speakers on "The Codebreakers" and frequently gives illustrated presentations in theatres, arts centres, and festivals all round the country.

19:00 - 19:30 Registration and light refreshments

19:30 - 21:00 The Enigma Machine Presentation

21:00 - 21:30 Questions & Answers

Venue: University College Northampton, Grendon Lecture Theatre, Park Campus, Boughton Green Rd, Northampton, NN2 7AL


17th June 2008 - BCS Northampton Annual General Meeting

This years AGM will be held at University College Northampton, Moulton Park Campus.

19:15 Registration commences with a light buffet.

20:00 AGM Commences. BCS Members Only.


Student Prize Winners:-


Best Student

Business - Ms. Larissa Mann

Technical - Mr Dinesh Ramoo


Most Promising Student

Business - Mr Ben Humpage

Technical - Ms. Aine Poole


5th June 2008 - Ten Pin Bowling

Fancy a go at Ten Pin Bowling. Come and join us.


22nd April 2008 - How method-based problem diagnosis can cut down time by 97%

Synopsis: Method-based problem diagnosis is rarely understood and even more rarely practiced, and yet it offers an effective means to solving intermittent or long-running IT problems. In this presentation Paul will outline an IT specific problem resolution method called RPR and describes the core principles. He will describe how you can benefit from the approach and illustrates the effectiveness of RPR with two case studies from the finance industry.

More details to follow......


29th Feburary 2007 - Boys don't get it all their own way.

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS TECHNOADDICTION

A KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY

Professor NADA KAKABADSE


BCS with a feminine touch is being organised by Susan Bailey - Female Membership Officer.

Many Thanks to those who have already booked for the event on the 29th February starting at 11.45 for 12, Lunch at 1.00pm. Places still available for ALL our members-female and male!! In line with your email responses, we are now offering a healthy lunch (both on the waistline and the wallet - 4.00 inc. VAT pay on the day) fresh fruit platter, deli-lite buffet, fruit juices (but no manicure) however we still have goody bags for the ladies, but you need to book!

Hope this has even more appeal. So looking forward to meeting up with members new and old. We have Vice Chair BCS Women joining us (and bringing goodies for the bags!) so should be a good lively event. Please note location has moved to C326 Cottesbrooke building, Park Campus, University of Northampton. At the barrier say you are attending the BCS event. This gives entry to staff car park.

Please join us for - Behind Closed Doors....

Susan Bailey


Are you or someone you know addicted to your Blackberry? Do you feel lost without your mobile phone? Technology is a key part of every facet of our society, but just how much of your life relies on it? Professor Nada Kakabadse has already put The University of Northampton on the map with her research work into techno addiction. Now together with Susan Bailey from NBS they are probing a little deeper...See the questionnaire below.


Completing the questionnaire should take no longer than 5 minutes and represents your opportunity to help us find out just how techno-addicted the UK really is. All data collected is completely confidential as it is being handled by a reputable third party.

The exciting thing about research in this environment is the fact that you have lots of friends and colleagues, who can provide an even wider view. So as a special favour to your university can you ask people in your social network, Facebook, Myspace etc. to join in and make a difference, by sending them the link too. We would like to top 1000 responses and YOU ARE THE KEY.


Many Thanks Susan Bailey and Nada Kakabadse


15th December 2007 - BCS Northampton Christmas Party

The BCS Northampton Branch Christmas Party will be held at The Marriot Hotel Flore.


25th October 2007 - Mind The Skills Gap

The Skills Gap is high on the agenda of current IT thinking, but what exactly is it? What do seasoned IT professionals and newcomers to the industry need to do to make themselves relevant to IT in the noughties and beyond? With the growth of outsourcing to foreign countries how should IT workers position themselves in the jobs market to ensure continued employment in the UK?

These are the questions we aim to answer in a Northampton BCS event "Mind the Skills gap: Staying relevant to IT in the noughties and beyond".


20th September 2007 - PM/MIS in The Public Sector

Council services have been undergoing modernisation to bring them up to increasing customer expectations and also to enable access via the 'e-channels'. Most councils now have Customer Relationship Management systems, telephone Contact Centres, and transactional web portals. One additional benefit of having ITC enabled services is the ease at which we can gather detailed management information and metrics.


31st May 2007 - From Virtual Communities to Virtual Enterprises: A Business Perspective

The presentation will be provided by our outgoing Chairman: Dr Brendan D'Cruz, Business School, University of East London.

Synopsis. In recent years there has been an explosion in the use of 'virtual' activities, communities and environments, and many organisations are already making significant use of the Internet for business and commercial purposes. This goes well beyond traditional E-Commerce and E-Business, and owes much to the emergence of Web 2.0 and social networking technologies coupled with advances in bandwidth capability and multimedia tools.


15th March 2007 - Jubilee Quiz and Networking Event

BCS Northampton Branch welcome you to their Jubilee Quiz and Networking event on Thursday 15th March 2007, from 7.30pm to 11pm (Quiz starts 8pm prompt!) The venue is The Colin Milburn Room at Northants County Cricket ground, Wantage Road entrance.


6th March 2007 - The Cutter project

A talk on the Cutter project, which aims to reduce the licencing and operational cost of desktop systems by using a mixture of free-of-charge and paid for software, allied to thin clients. Cutter provides excellent support for most existing Microsoft packages as well as the newer Open Source alternatives Aimed primarily at the educational market, Cutter will also be of interest to business users who want to reduce their TCO.


1st February 2007 - Over 50 Killer Ideas for Delivering Successful Projects.

Richard has been called the Red Adair of the Project Management world. Red Adair was the larger-than-life oilfield fire fighter that people called when they had a major oilfield fire. Richard is a larger-than-life Project Manager that companies call when they have large, complex change projects to establish and implement or when they have major problems with their existing projects.


9th December 2006 - BCS Northampton - Christmas Party

Christmas Gathering at The Walnut Tree in Blisworth


4th October 2006 - SuperWASP Presentation on Search For Alien Planets

The "SuperWasp Project" on robotic telescopes is one of the largest data archives in existence. See www.superwasp.org for further info.

We think this is a fascinating topic for a presentation, indeed on 26th Sept 2006, the project was featured on BBC News.


4th October 2006 - Collaborative Project Management: The ProjectLounge Experience

Hazel Connor started her career in Information Technology as a computer operator. Since then, Hazel has been involved in harnessing a wide range of evolving technologies for business benefit.

Her talk focused on the functionality, technical requirements and issues involved in collaborative project management, providing selected case examples from ProjectLounge.


23rd July 2006 - Northampton Branch Family Fun Day at Wicksteed Park, Kettering

A great family day out with rides and attractions for the kids.

BCS Marquee serving a lunchtime BBQ, also featuring presentations and advice to members and the public on "Safe Surfin' 4 Kids"

Browser Security for children. Messaging and chat rooms, best practice.Txt bullying, rules to follow


25th May 2006 - ASP.NET & Atlas - Microsoft's web development platform; today and the future

This presentation will be given by two of Microsoft's leading evangelists in this field, and the evening will be lead by our own BCS Northampton Web developer Richard Cooper. ASP.NET & Atlas - Microsoft's web development platform; today and the future.


26th April 2006 - Identity Cards: The Debate

Much has been written, disputed and proposed on this controversial topic. We allow you to get involved in what should be a lively and informative session led by students from the University of Northampton. Everyone has an opinion, so why not come and share yours. Refreshments provided.


28th March 2006 - 500 Member Milestone Event

The Northampton Branch of the BCS is one of the newest branches in the Society having been formed in September 2004. Approximately 180 members became affiliated initially and since then, eighteen months later, the 500 member milestone has been reached. During its short existence, a number of very successful events have been held, mostly at the University of Northampton, including Chip-and-Pin, Hi-Tech Computer Crime, Project Management and Computer Forensics.


15th February 2006 - Solutions for Incident Response and Computer Forensics

Russell May BSc(Hons) CITP CEng MBCS EnCE, Manager of Special and Partner Projects (Europe, Middle East, Africa, India, Russia), Guidance Software Inc. (www.guidancesoftware.com ) Principal Solutions for Incident Response and Computer Forensics.

He has been involved in investigating computer crime and computer forensics for 15 years and has investigated many crimes involving computers from simple theft to murder and international terrorism.


19th January 2006 - Project Management and Prince 2

Rajiv Khanna - Programme Manager: Healthcare Commission

Rajiv Khanna is an accredited PRINCE2 trainer, a registered PRINCE2 consultant, and a member of the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) high risk review team. Eminently qualified, he will outline the key features, benefits and scalability of the PRINCE2 methodology for project management. A key meeting for all involved in Software Projects!


17th December 2005 - BCS Northampton - Christmas Party

Our annual Christmas bash - this year held at the Beefeater in Harpole.


19th April 2005 - What Does the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit Do?

Howard Lamb, Crime Reduction Coordinator, NHTCU & Damian Walton, Metropolitan Police

Hi-tech crime has become a rapidly growing concern for the crime fighters in recent years. Computers and the internet provide great benefits to society, but knowledgable criminals can exploit these technological tools as an aid to commit crimes.


08th March 2005 - Get Patched or Get Punched: Plugging the Security Holes Before the Attackers Hit You.

Dr. Steven Furnell, Univeristy of Plymouth.

Exploitable vulnerabilities in operating systems, server platforms, and desktop applications are a major security problem for Internet-based systems, and are increasingly the root cause of successful hacker penetrations and malware infections.


08th Feburary 2005 - Tour of Carlsberg Brewery

Possibly Northampton's most widely known industry and probably the best attended event yet.


Contact the Branch


Email: HQ Contacts

Phone: 01793 417 478

Post: BCS Headquarters First Floor, Members Groups Department, Block D North Star House, North Star Avenue ,Swindon, UK, SN2 1FA

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