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23 Sep 2021

Unveiling the inner workings of a cyber attack – “street theatre” demonstrations confirmed at International Security Expo & International Cyber Expo

Attendees at the upcoming International Cyber Expo and co-located International Security Expo are invited to go behind the scenes in the event’s new live cyber attack demonstrator, when the events open at Olympia, London from 28-29 September. The introduction of all-new immersive demonstrations at the event provide delegates with unique learning opportunities to gain a greater understanding of business vulnerabilities, potential threat actors and the practical solutions that can be applied to their businesses.  

Delivered in partnership with CrisisCast, the highly immersive, theatrical demonstration will unveil the mentality of a hacker and the response of a boardroom under attack – all in real-time. It provides a unique structure that allows attendees to see how key learnings can be applied in a real-life scenario, as delegates contribute in the decisions to protect a business, implement future policies, resource allocation and more.

Set on a revolving stage, the demonstration incorporates high-tech stage and film techniques, and high-fidelity psychological insights, enabling visitors to see and understand the psychology and motivating factors of an attack from two perspectives – the attacker and defender. It is expected to be an engaging and exciting performance on the show floor, that demonstrates a highly insightful evolution of normal exhibition methods.

Speaking about the demonstration, CrisisCast founder Brian Mitchell, said: “We’re delighted to bring a little bit of street theatre to International Cyber Expo and break down the fourth fall – theatrically speaking. A fast, hard-hitting story is the best way to bring to life aspects of technical software products, providing interactive opportunities for the audience which embed key take aways and learning outputs.”

Founded by independent producer and director, Brian Mitchell and Oxford PPE graduate and trained actor, Francesca Hunt, CrisisCast is a group of award-winning filmmakers, virtual reality producers who use a permanent company of professional ‘real-play’ actors trained in the psychology and best practice of incident management. 

The company has accumulated over 10 years experience delivering immersive and engaging learning performances to a wide range of clients, including the Ministry of Defence, Kent Police, G4S, UK Parliament and the British Army.

Bringing to life the endless capabilities of the security market

Elsewhere on the show floor, a series of immersive and interactive demonstrations tailored to sector-specific areas will bring to life the latest products and capabilities within the security sector. Presenting its award-winning, National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)-certified tabletop exercise, Cyber Griffin’s immersive demonstrator - orchestrated by the City of London Police - will explore the decisions individuals make in real-life scenarios to protect their businesses from modern day threats.

Detective Dave Blight of the City of London Police said: “The exercise is an engaging way to highlight how security decisions can impact businesses. We’re thrilled to bring this activity to attendees of the very first International Cyber Expo. A robust and intelligent approach towards cyber security is of paramount importance for all of today’s practising security professionals. We are confident that Cyber Griffin’s presence at the show will help visitors access the very best advice to protect themselves and the businesses for whom they work.”

Bridging the gap between the physical and digital

Live demonstrations will also be on show at International Security Expo. The show’s Live Testing Lab, in partnership with LPCB, will provide visitors with an opportunity to witness a team of professional forced entry specialists pitted against a wide range of physical security products, including security fencing, windows and door sets. Hosted within the Perimeter Protection Zone, exhibitors including Frontier Pitts, Selectagaze, Fastline, Eagle Automation, Burton Safes and Lochrin Bain will be among those putting their products forward for rigorous testing at the show. A full schedule is available now on the website.

Elsewhere in the Government Zone, Border Force, the law-enforcement command within the Home Office, responsible for frontline border control operations at air, sea and rail ports in the United Kingdom, will showcase a Ford Kuga that was seized at the border. It uses a sophisticated magnet system to open a concealment area within the rear of the vehicle. The Border Force dogs will also be joining the team demonstrating how they are trained to find concealments built into a wide range of transport types from family cars to heavy goods vehicles.

Returning to this year’s event, the British Transport Police will also host a series of demonstrations to highlight three of its core competencies – Citizens in Policing, Explosive Search Dogs and BTP Firearm officers and Special Operations. Here, British Transport Police Firearm Officers will showcase a selection of the equipment and tools used to detect, disrupt and deter terrorist and criminal activity across the railway network. Officers will be present to showcase the use of this equipment, discuss the role of BTP Special Operations and the part the unit plays in policing both London and other major cities across the country.

And, as one of the first police forces in the country to use police dogs – introducing them in 1908 – British Transport Police dog handlers will be present to demonstrate the capability of their Explosive Search Dogs, showcasing their search capabilities and effectiveness in responding to any threat. Finally, Citizens in Policing (CiP) will join the team to provide an insider’s view of policing and the volunteering opportunities available.

International Security Expo and International Cyber Expo Event Director, Rachael Shattock said: “We’re incredibly excited to bring a host of all-new immersive experiences to the show floor when International Security Expo and International Cyber Expo open at Olympia, London in just over one week. With theatrical performances that highlight the inner workings of a cyber-attack to sessions exploring the capabilities of British Transport Police search dogs – coupled with the 200 plus exhibitors showcasing the latest products on the show floor – demonstrates yet again why this event is one not to be missed.”

To register for this year’s International Cyber Expo and International Security Expo, which take place 28-29 September at Olympia, London visit

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