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Futurist Keynote: Defending the Office of Finance with ABB Group


During this leadership session speaker and futurist Matthew Griffin discusses how companies and employees, and in this case the Office of Finance at ABB, can protect themselves from today’s and tomorrows security threats.


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Firstly, thank you to Piytr from ABB Group, a $28Bn group head quartered out of Switzerland with over 100,000 employees, which is widely regarded as the world’s top industrial automation and robotics companies, for asking me to educate ABB’s employees and finance office on the latest technology and non-technology enabled security threats.


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During my keynote, which follows on from another broader dive into the future of cyber and security, which I ran virtually from Standard Chartered’s offices in Accra, Ghana, after my fintech session there, I coached over 17,000 of their staff on the latest cyber security and physical security trends and exploits, showed them how to identify and defend against them, and gave them a 20,000 foot view of the inner workings of hackers, hacker communities, and the serious organised crime industry.


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Not stopping there I also discussed the view from the CFO’s office, behavioural and social engineering techniques, as well as future threats to their business, including synthetic content and deepfakes, before discussing the impact that the ability to use quantum computing to crack the majority of their encryption will have on their industrial automation products and services, including digital and meta twins.


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Having discussed a wide variety of security exploits I then switched gears and showed them all how they could reduce the risk of being compromised, and discussed the importance of having a Chatham House culture that provided employees with the space and freedom to share their concerns without fear of judgement or retribution.

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