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A Pharmaceutical's Approach to Mitigating the Insider Threat

The threat from insiders is real and on the increase. In this digital age, our information assets are at increasing risk, yet the recent promotion of Cyber Security does not seem to consider the human element. With the Parliment of the European Union due to make a decision regarding the draft Trade Secret directive in November 2014, the timing is apt to discuss the threat to organisations trade secrets from the insider. The presentation will discuss what mitigating measures can be applied to reduce the threat. Discussion will centre on a pharmaceutical's approach to mitigation, detailing the nine key programme elements and the resulting challenges. The aim is to empower attendees with approaches that they may wish to consider adopting in their own organisations.

Presented by: Rowena Fell, CPP, Associate Director, Intellectual Property & Trade Secrets Protection Programme, Merck Sharp & Dohne, UK

Rowena has twenty years’ experience in Security, with roles held in the military, law enforcement, consultancy and corporate environments. She joined MSD in June 2013 to lead the Intellectual Property and Trade Secrets Protection programme across Europe, Middle East and Africa; a counter-intelligence programme charged with protecting the organisation from the insider threat. An advocate for Security as a business enabler, Rowena promotes the converged Security operating model, evidencing how Security can contribute to revenue generation. Her Master’s dissertation argued that Security Risk should be owned at Board level with Chief Security Officers having a seat on the Executive Committee. Rowena is a Fellow of the Security Institute, a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals and a board member of the Women's Security Society. She holds a Master’s of Arts degree with Distinction in Intelligence and Security Studies from Salford University and is a board Certified Protection Professional.