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Extensive research is carried out in order to ensure that our programmes provide a platform for industry experts from the worlds most data driven organisations are able to address the most important issues which matter to you and provide a path towards greater success

Keynote Speaker
Ben Jenkins
Director of Cybersecurity, ThreatLocker

Ben Jenkins is a senior solutions engineer with over 8 years of experience working within the technology sector. Ben specialises in working with SME’s, helping them implement technical solutions that will grow and scale their businesses. As a ransomware expert, Ben spends most of his free time educating others about the importance of cyber security. Ben has presented at many major events across the globe, and taken part in various panel discussions. Before joining Threatlocker, Ben worked in a variety of roles from support technician, to systems engineer. Together, these roles have enabled Ben to become the technology expert he is today.

Keynote Speaker
Mike Kehoe
EMEA Threat Management Program Director - IBM Security

Mike Kehoe is IBM’s Security , European Threat Management Program Director working with clients in developing their next generation Security Operation Centres (SOC) based on on-premise or hybrid cloud. Providing solutions for the client to understand their adversaries, their threats and their methods to actively prepare to detect and defend against them. IBM Security Threat management is a force multiplier that will allow an organization unify their cyber defences and stop threats before they damage their organization.

His areas of expertise includes industrial control, business intelligence, enterprise process design, GTM strategies , business strategy, and technical opportunity realization. He has a honours degree in Electronic / Electrical Engineering from Trinity University Dublin and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Open University.

Keynote Speaker
Kevin O’Keefe
Security Architect, Qualys

Kevin is an experienced Security and Network Analyst with a demonstrated history of working in the various industry. His fields of competence are numerous: IS Security, Vulnerability Management, SIEM, WAN Networks, Firewalls, Windows Server. Kevin is strong information technology professional with a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) focused in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Loughborough University, and the following CompTIA certifications: SEC+ and CSA+. Kevin’s technical skills allow him to go far enough in the analysis and to fully support his customers.

Keynote Speaker
Travis Spencer
CEO, Curity

Travis has worked extensively with organizations in various industries in both the US, Europe, and elsewhere who are adopting cloud and mobile computing. His broad market exposure coupled with a background in application development allows him to help organizations with low-level technical issues as well high-level questions. His deep knowledge of legacy standards like SAML, WS-* and XACML coupled with current best practices like REST, SCIM, OpenID Connect and OAuth provides him with a unique and cutting edge perspective on digital identity and access management.

Seminar Speaker
Matthew Berzinski
Senior Director, Product Management ForgeRock

As a Senior Director of Product Management, Matt is responsible for building product strategies in bringing the ForgeRock product portfolio to market. Matt works closely with customers and partners to understand the current market demands and bring them to the product teams to deliver the most modern and comprehensive platform in IAM. Prior to joining ForgeRock, Matt has over 20 years experience in the Identity Management and Security space working with companies such as Oracle, Symantec, Unisys and Passlogix.

Keynote Speaker
Denise Beardon
Head of Information Security Engagement, Pinsent Masons

Denise is the creator of the Human Cyber Index®, an academically supported measurement of an organisation’s security culture, including whether their people are equipped to combat the potential risk, and the impact of the organisation’s policies and behaviours.

She has more than a decade of experience delivering positive change to security cultures across a variety of organisations across the globe.

Denise is committed to exploring the interaction between human behaviour and technology and understanding why people do what they do.

This insight provides her with the ability to deliver tailored strategic behavioural change programmes that ensure the individual does not feel undermined but empowered to make the right choices.

By using behavioural psychology at the heart of her programmes, Denise aims to bring positive change to any cyber security culture.

Keynote Speaker
Sarah Janes
Owner and MD, Layer 8 Ltd

Sarah is a Security Behaviour Change Specialist who believes that conversation is our catalyst for change.

A concept at the heart of the business she owns and runs, Layer 8 Ltd, who spend their days enabling every person in every organisation to become Champions of Security Culture.

Sarah developed the ‘conversations change culture’ blueprint which is being used at many global businesses to create proactive measurable change.

Keynote Speaker
Victoria Harris
Global Head of Compliance and Controls (Cyber and Tech), Willis Towers Watson

Victoria started her career as a developer, also holding roles as a DBA and business analyst before moving into project, portfolio and program management roles. In 2011 she joined Willis Towers Watson as Head of IT Project Management before taking advantage of an internal opportunity for a change of direction becoming the inaugural Head of Compliance and Controls for technology and cyber.

Victoria has a wealth of experience as a leader in technology across strategic and operational nuances, in program and project management, with a track record of delivering organisational change most recently at the vanguard of regulatory compliance requirements for organisational cyber security and technology controls.

She has a passion for driving forward the change agenda through the evolution of processes and practices and the adoption of the most appropriate strategy for the organisation and environment at a given time.

Keynote Speaker
Patrick Cowland
Principal Solution Architect, Ping Identity

Patrick Cowland is an experienced IAM Architect and has over 10 years of experience working on complex Security and Identity implementation projects across EMEA. Patrick specialises in highly regulated verticals including Finance Services, Healthcare and Public Sector, and mission critical verticals such as Telecommunications.

Patrick has a wealth of knowledge and experience in competencies such as Zero Trust, applying AI/ML to user identity journeys to increase effectiveness of MFA and using DevOps tooling for zero downtime deployments and orchestrated configuration management.

At Ping Identity, Patrick helps enterprises balance the needs of strong user identity security (protecting user and business data, meeting the needs of regulatory requirements such as GDPR and PSD2) with frictionless, brand-focused, rich user experiences.

Seminar Speaker
Sam Hector
Senior Security Sales Manager, IBM Security UK and Ireland

Sam Hector is the Channel Leader for IBM Security in the UK and Ireland, responsible for partnerships with an established ecosystem of cybersecurity Resellers, Systems Integrators, Managed Security Service Providers, and Distributors.

Prior to this role, Sam gained an external view on IBM’s channel by taking roles on secondment from IBM to our cybersecurity partners – working in Direct Sales for an IBM reseller, then in Business Development for an IBM distributor.

In his spare time he is the Director of a Tennis non-profit, a Formula 1 fan, and is often found tinkering with new technology.

Seminar Speaker
Patrick Doherty
Senior Sales Engineer, Checkmarx

Patrick Doherty, Senior Sales Engineer at Checkmarx, has 20+ years experience as a Pre-sales Consultant / Solution Architect working in the Enterprise software industry.

Having worked with many different technologies (SAP/Oracle/Salesforce/SaaS/Cloud Solutions/ERP/DCIM/ITSM) enabled Patrick to be a well-rounded Consultant in multiple industry verticals.

Patrick’s first-hand understanding in operating within a customer environment, the focused alignment to strategic objectives and the processes they work within to drive programmes, enables him to effectively build rapport with customers and provide overall support of a salesperson and strategic campaigns from the position of pre-sales in a business context.

Keynote Speaker
Tom Martin
Account Manager, Ping Identity

Tom has a wealth of experience enabling organisations to gain value from their data through previously working at IBM, SAP & Qlik. Today at Ping Identity, Tom specialises in assisting large enterprise organisations across all verticles in achieving their Identity & Access Management goals, e.g., delivering frictionless digital experiences to their customers, workforce and partners, alongside assisting with ZeroTrust and Passwordless initiatives. To ensure organisations derive value from identity access management to meet their strategic goals, without impacting user experience and security.

Seminar Speaker
Tim Jeffcoat
Systems Engineer, Veeam

Tim heads up a team of technical pre-sales specialists at Veeam, the leader in backup, recovery and data management solutions that deliver modern data protection.

He’s worked in the enterprise technology industry for 15 years, with various roles at global vendors including IBM and HPE. His passion for tech stems from an early age, and he’s avid about it both during and outside of his work life, and is a data-obsessed cyclist and runner. Tim has a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science and Cybernetics.

Seminar Speaker
Adenike Cosgrove
Cybersecurity Strategy, International, Proofpoint

Adenike Cosgrove is the Cybersecurity Strategist for international markets at Proofpoint, where she drives product marketing strategy across European and Asia Pacific markets. She provides expertise on key regional cybersecurity strategies such as people-centric security, risk management, data privacy, and compliance.

Prior to joining Proofpoint, Ms. Cosgrove was global product marketing lead for Email Fraud Protection at Return Path, a division acquired by Proofpoint in the summer of 2016. Earlier in her career, Ms. Cosgrove worked as a lead EMEA advisor to security and risk professionals for Forrester Research and Canalys, where she developed a deep understanding of CISO challenges, and helped clients with their cybersecurity strategies.

Ms. Cosgrove is a regular speaker at key conferences including the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit in the US and Japan, the Fortune Brainstorm conferences, the Evanta CIO Executive Summit, it-sa Germany, ISMS Spain and Hacking Human Nature live. Ms. Cosgrove’s subject matter expertise has also been featured in Business Reporter, Computer Business Review, Computing, Forbes, Intelligent CISO, SC Magazine UK, The Telegraph, GovInfo, and iTWire.

Recently recognised as one of the UK’s Most Inspiring Women in Cyber 2020, Ms. Cosgrove was also named a finalist at the Computing Security Excellence Awards 2020 in the Security Woman of the Year category.

Ms. Cosgrove holds a Masters of Research, Telecommunications from UCL (University College London) and a BSc (Hons) in Computer Engineering from the University of Hull.

Keynote Speaker
Joseph Carson
Chief Security Scientist and Advisory CISO, Delinea

Joseph Carson is an award-winning cyber security professional and ethical hacker with more than 25 years’ experience in enterprise security specialising in blockchain, endpoint security, network security, application security & virtualisation, access controls and privileged account management. Joe is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), active member of the cyber security community frequently speaking at cyber security conferences globally, often being quoted and contributing to global cyber security publications.

Conference Chair
David Terrar
Director and Chair, Cloud Industry Forum

David is a well-known strategist, keynote speaker and influencer on cloud computing, digital transformation, social collaboration and ERP software. He is a Director and Chair of the Cloud Industry Forum, judges the UK Cloud Awards, and is the Founder & CXO of digital strategy consultancy Agile Elephant. He is a specialist in sales, marketing and operations in the technology sector, and guest lectures on digital and social media at Henley Business School and on INSEEC’s MBA programme. David is an advisor and non-exec director for several companies, and a regular host on the tech TV channel Disruptive. Live.

Seminar Speaker
Khalid Khan
Director of Sales Engineering, Forcepoint

Khalid is an accomplished cyber security professional with over 35 years’ experience. He started his career with ICS Security at Allen Bradley/Rockwell before moving to GRC to undertake risk and audits for key customers. Khalid has also held roles at RSA Security, Verizon and Cisco where he worked pan-industry advising customers on identity and access management, data security and overall security architectures and previously attained certifications in CISSP, CRISC, CISM, CISA and PCI DSS QSA.

At Forcepoint, Khalid will lead a team to help customers deliver safe, controlled access to business information anywhere, keeping attackers out and sensitive data in.

Keynote Speaker
Pascal Jacober
 Sales Director, Europe PlainID

Since 2006, Pascal Jacober has been a recognized leader in the identity and access management market. Pascal has helped many Enterprise organizations throughout their journey to evaluate, implement and maintain the required IAM solution.

Pascal has had the opportunity to work with and learn from the leading technology providers like OneIdentity, or Ping Identity which has equipped him with vast knowledge in the IAM field.

Currently, Pascal is responsible for driving the European business at PlainID. PlainID’s Access and Authorization Policy Management Platform provide enterprises a centralized control point to manage who can access what across the entire enterprise technology stack, including applications, data, api, microservices and more.

Seminar Speaker
Joel Brandon
Sales Director, EMEA, ProcessUnity

Joel is a sales leader who’s been in the GRC space for over fifteen years, helping many of the world’s leading financial services organisations and global corporates to navigate the complexities of risk management, particularly in the areas of standard and enhanced due diligence, third party risk, financial crime prevention, privacy & cybersecurity risk management, credit risk and more. Joel’s passion is getting into the weeds with his customers, understanding their current state, processes and challenges in detail and sharing the journey with them to successful long-term outcomes.

Seminar Speaker
James Dawson
Cloud Security Architect, Varonis

James Dawson is a Cloud Security Architect at Varonis, helping organisations protect their sensitive information in the cloud. He has a number of years experience in cyber security and software development with a focus on data protection, cloud security and critical infrastructure.

Keynote Speaker
Piers Wilson
Head of Product Management, Huntsman Security

Piers is Head of Product Management for Huntsman Security, with responsibility for Huntsman’s security analytics, automation, control monitoring and risk measurement solutions at the forefront security intelligence market.

As part of the security industry for 25 years, he provides strategic and technical direction to the development and deployment of Huntsman Security solutions. This includes the creation of specific thought leadership on current and future security trends, such as: automation and threat response, threat intelligence, security analytics and operations, cyber security risk management and ransomware. He is a regular speaker at conferences and industry forums and has written numerous articles and white papers.

Before joining Huntsman Security, he was in the senior team in the cyber security practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he advised clients on emerging technology risk, cyber security, monitoring, data loss prevention, cloud security, managed security service provision and enterprise mobility.

Keynote Speaker
Ryan Aldred
Head of Cloud Security, Lloyd’s Banking Group

Ryan is a senior security consultant with many years of experience in large, heavily regulated, financial institutions, specialising in the definition, design, delivery and securing of large public cloud programmes.

Ryan has a wealth of experience in shaping how an organisation thinks about security in this changing cloud landscape; evangelising and engineering more dynamic & proactive architectures that demand we think differently about security and risk management.

Keynote Speaker
Fortune Barnard
Director of Digital Security, Virgin Media

Fortune is a CISO, a Cyber Security Anthropologist, and a Digital Risk Leader with over 20 years in Security.

He is currently the Director of Digital Security for Virgin Media O2.

Before then, he served as CISO for KPMG UK, CISO for Toyota Connected Europe, Group CISO for SSE plc, Associate Partner at IBM Europe, Group Security Programme Director for Sky, Global Security Operations Director for KPMG Global, Head of IT Assurance and Security for London 2012 Olympics, and Head of Information Assurance for the UK Ministry of Justice.

Keynote Speaker
Dinesh Krishnan
Global Head of Information & Digital Technology, British American Tobacco

Dinesh Krishnan is a recognised Digital Leader globally with an unwavering commitment to success and a focus on delivering business value to customers and shareholders.

He is also recognised as a change & growth strategist who offers a rare ability to understand and balance business & technology trade-offs, delivering into the details of a project while maintaining a highly strategic, big picture perspective.

Dinesh is currently the Global Head of Digital Business Solution in BAT with the responsibility to drive the digital transformation agenda globally for the HR & Legal functions in light of the organisation transforming their business model – moving from combustibles to a multicategory product business.

Keynote Speaker
Nicola Crawford
Chief Risk Officer, National Bank of Kuwait International

Nicola is a highly accomplished/qualified Board-Level Global Risk & Compliance Leader with CRO experience across various sectors. She has been responsible for designing, driving and implementing enterprise risk management frameworks from strategy, data, operations and technology perspective, prudential risk, compliance and operational business change to minimise corporate and commercial risk across multiple portfolios from small scalable businesses to multi-billion-dollar organisations across banking, healthcare, energy, government, asset/wealth managers and insurers (Life and GI).

Nicola has exceptional communication skills, able to influence and advise at the senior stakeholder level, identifying financial and non-financial risk exposure and creating data and business blueprints that provide organisational resilience and success, both quantitively and qualitatively. She is described as “an excellent change catalyst” with the ability to inspire people to deliver results today that also succeed tomorrow”.

Nicola is a regular board advisor and trainer in enterprise risk management, data governance, risk information management and broader change/project risks for various organisations with her current focus on the risk oversight of NBKI in her role as CRO. Nicola is an active contributor to the development of the risk management profession.

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