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2nd December 2020
Online via Zoom

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Please join CENSIS for the last in our series of workshop on IoT cyber security. This workshop aims to raise awareness of the challenges, solutions and opportunities in the development and use of  IoT in remote and hazardous working environments. The event is suitable for a non-technical and technical audience.

The workshop include examples of IoT in action in this space, and there will be a breakout session for participants to discuss challenges, solutions and opportunities. We’ll also have guest speakers talking about their views and experiences in developing and adopting secure IoT.

Join us 

Please apply to join us on the day by emailing Please provide details of your company or organisation, and your current role.

The workshop is limited to just 25 people. Due to the way this project is funded your organisation should have a base in Scotland.

Workshop outline

  • 10:00 – Welcome and introductions
  • 10:15-11:15 – Talks with Q&A time
  • 11:15-12:00 – Workshop breakout groups
  • 12:00-12:30 – Reporting back, group discussion and close

Guest speakers

James Pavur, University of Oxford

Talk: “Trends in IoT-style development practices that are starting to impact the way that we build and use satellites and what that means for their security”.

James is a Rhodes Scholar and PhD student at Oxford University in the Centre for Doctoral Training on Cyber-Security. Prior to attending Oxford he graduated with valedictory honors from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service where he majored in Science, Technology, and International Affairs. His PhD research revolves around the intersection between cyber-security and space technology with a particular focus on satellite communications. However, he has a broader general interest in cyber-security and cyber-policy.

Rob Rothwell, Industrial Control Systems Expert,

Talk: “Considerations for using IoT in Offshore Oil & Gas”

With over 15 years of experience in oil & gas, public sector, and space & defence, Rob has broad range of experience in the application of technology to solve important problems for organisations large and small. He currently secures industrial controls systems and OT in oil & gas, maritime and manufacturing, both as an operator, asset owner and a creator of mission- and safety-critical systems.


The Internet of Things (IoT) is the interconnection of physical and virtual objects that enable objects to communicate with each other and share data. IoT objects, or devices, could be a simple temperature sensor, wearable health monitor, smartphone to a whisky bottling line or river flooding alarm system. Many IoT devices communicate via the Internet and often collect, process, analyse, store and relay data using a shared computer server, or cloud system.

IoT has the potential to facilitate significant benefits to the Scottish economy both in terms of improved infrastructure, public services and economic opportunities for industry. IoT will transform the business models of many industries of importance to the Scottish economy, either creating internal efficiencies or introducing new revenue streams. Businesses will be able to see in real time how products or services are performing and being used.

There are several challenges in the effective adoption of IoT due to its interconnected nature. A critical and recognised challenge is that of the security and resilience of the IoT systems, particularly given the current rapid adoption of IoT products and services. Cyber-attacks on IoT systems can lead to sensitive information leakage; the destruction or tampering with data impacting system functionality and decision making; physical damage; or complete system paralysis. To address these challenges the Scottish Government has published its Cyber Security Action Plans, as part of its national-level approach to cyber resilience across Scotland.

Led by CENSIS in partnership with the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise, the IoT cyber challenge programme will deliver a series of events in 2020/21 including themed workshops, an accelerator programme and an IoT vulnerability pilot. The programme was announced on 7 November 2019 by Kate Forbes MSP, Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy, at CENSIS’s sixth annual Technology Summit in Glasgow. The overall aims of the programme are:

  • to raise awareness of cyber security and resilience challenges faced in both the design and manufacture of IoT products and services and in the adoption of IoT for integration into existing or new processes
  • to educate and demonstrate best practices and mitigation strategies to address these challenges
  • provide a better ability to collect feedback on issues faced in industry which could be used to define and drive other subsequent support activities
  • improve access to IoT cyber security expertise to companies developing new or improved products, services and processes from the early stages of their development