• “It was great to attend an event that doesn't discuss the technologies and focuses on the real issues.”
  • “It was a very well planned conference, and one of the best infosec days I’ve been to in a while."
  • “Many congratulations on a very successful and highly enjoyable RANT Conference. From an attendees perspective I have nothing but praise and commendation for a job very well done”

2014 – Agenda

08:30 - 09:15


09:15 - 09:20

Acumin Welcome

Do you know what RANT is all about? Just a 5 minute welcome note to provide an understanding of the RANT concept, why we started it and why you are part of it.

09:20 - 09:50

Mindreading Robots and Wobbly Interfaces

The emerging combination of Mind Reading Technologies and Robotics will change everything about how we interact with technology. The use of Subconscious Responses will make interaction more responsive and playful but also more mysterious, illusory, opaque, and potentially insecure. This RANT draws on Stuart’s work with Robots in Public Spaces, Mindreading Robots, Physical Deception, and Subconscious Interfaces to argue that we Continue Reading »

09:50 - 10:35

Analogies LIVE

The Analogies Project recently attracted its 50th contributor and during this panel, five of those contributors will offer their views on awareness, communication and of course analogies on information security with live analogies and interactive discussion on their impact.

10:35 - 11:05

Networking Break

11:05 - 12:00

The Psychology of Identity Management

Aiming to tackle your FUQs (Frequently Unanswered Questions)

12:00 - 12:30

Is privacy dead? – If so, why did you kill it?

Ever since privacy has existed, so too have there been people who what to know what is so secret that you don’t want anyone else to know. Over the last ten years, users of the internet have not protected the contents of their communication to their recipients. This has not been helped by the encryption technology in use being weakened Continue Reading »

12:30 - 13:00

People Hacking

The Good, the Bad and the Gullible – How the next generation of Social Engineers are getting past your gates… Social Engineering has always been a major threat to organisational security, relying on the “human element” as the vulnerable point in defences.  It has always used elements of persuasion, influence and psychology to gain access to people, information and premises Continue Reading »

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:00

Has RANT Got News For You

15:00 - 15:30


A RANT about how you are making the arrival of our robot overlords more likely and the outcome for puny humans worse!

15:30 - 16:00

The Snowden Operation – was the NSA contractor a hero or a traitor?

Edward Snowden and his “Snowdenista” followers have got it wrong. The biggest threat to world peace is not America and the NSA is not a rogue agency. All countries spy, and they have never explained why it is in the public interest to expose how democracies spy on dictatorships. Indeed, if we had spied more on Russia in recent years, Continue Reading »

16:00 - 16:30

Networking Break

16:30 - 17:00

The Art of Malware

Graham believes that the artistry has gone from malware. The commercial cybercriminals rule the roost, and the hobbyists who incorporated dramatic visual payloads and cared about the quality of their code (the artists, if you like) have largely disappeared, frightened off by stiff punishments and prison sentences. Are we better because of it? He doesn’t think so. Graham hankers for the old days, when Continue Reading »

17:00 - 17:30

How to be a successful optimist

When Darwin said ‘survival of the fittest’ he was very clear he meant ‘survival of the most agile’  – and for business this lesson will become increasingly stark as new technologies and societal trends make existing business models obsolete. Creating a culture of true innovation and creativity is no longer a ‘nice to have’, it’s a matter of survival. Mark will cover the eight principles Continue Reading »

17:30 - 17:35

Acumin Close

17:35 - 19:00

Closing Comedy Speech & Networking Drinks

Several years ago, Award-Winning Writer and Stand-Up Comedian Bennett Arron was in serious debt. He owed thousands of pounds to phone companies, catalogues and department stores. Only it wasn’t him. Bennett was a victim of Identity Theft, the fastest growing crime in the UK. The result of this theft was that Bennett and his pregnant wife became penniless and homeless. Continue Reading »

19:00 - 21:55

Dinner & Evening Entertainment with the ‘Beta Males’ (Pre Book Only)

Join us for a delicious meal, a glass of wine or two and enjoy some light entertainment with the ‘Beta Males’. The Beta Males are writer-performers John Henry Falle, Adam Blampied, Richard Soames and Guy Kelly with writer Tom Clarke. They’ve had 5 sell out, 5 star Fringe shows. As a group they’ve starred on the Radio 4 series Sketchorama, sold out The Soho Continue Reading »