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17 May 2022


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Dr Gilad Rosner
Founder, IoT Privacy Forum

Dr Gilad Rosner is a privacy and information policy researcher and the founder of the non-profit Internet of Things Privacy Forum, a crossroads for industry, regulators, academics, government and privacy advocates to discuss the privacy challenges of the IoT. The Forum’s mission is to produce guidance, analysis and best practices to help industry and government to reduce privacy risk and innovate responsibly in the domain of connected devices.

Gilad’s broader work focuses on the IoT, identity management, US & EU privacy and data protection regimes, and online trust. His research has been used by the UK House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report on the Responsible Use of Data and he is a featured expert on O’Reilly and the BBC. Gilad is an internationally invited speaker and has given talks at industry conferences, universities, and government agencies, including the US National Institute of Standards and Technology. Gilad has a 20-year career in IT, having worked with identity management technology, digital media, automation and telecommunications.

Gilad is a member of the UK Cabinet Office Privacy and Consumer Advisory Group, which provides independent analysis and guidance on Government digital initiatives and is a member of the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems. He is a Visiting Researcher at the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute, an Affiliate Researcher at UC Berkeley’s Centre for Long-Term Cybersecurity and has consulted on trust issues for the UK government’s identity assurance programme, Verify.gov.

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Mariana Pereira
Director of Email Security Products, Darktrace

Mariana is the Director of Email Security Products at Darktrace, with a primary focus on the capabilities of AI cyber defenses against email-borne attacks. Mariana works closely with the development, analyst, and marketing teams to advise technical and non-technical audiences on how best to augment cyber resilience within the email domain, and how to implement AI technology as a means of defense.

She speaks regularly at international events, with a specialism in presenting on sophisticated, AI-powered email attacks. She holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, and speaks several languages including French, Italian, and Portuguese.

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Damien Brown
Lead Solutions Engineer, BeyondTrust

Damien is a Lead Solutions Engineer at BeyondTrust, the worldwide leader in Privileged Access Management, offering the most seamless approach to preventing data breaches related to stolen credentials, misused privileges, and compromised remote access. Having worked in the IT industry for over 20 years Damien has gained a wealth of experience in infrastructure and applications that integrate PAM solutions effectively into organisations in order to secure their environment.

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Rose Bickerstaff
Head of Public Sector UKI, BeyondTrust

With over 7 years experience in the Cyber Security industry Rose has developed a value driven, outcomes based, consultative approach to Public Sector engagement enabling her to connect technology with organisations needs. Rose leads the UKI Public Sector team at BeyondTrust, driving strategic relationships and alliances whilst supporting the team to deliver BeyondTrust’s Universal Privilege Management portfolio throughout the UK & Ireland.

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Steve Allcock
UKI Director, Public Sector, SailPoint

Steve brings over 20 years of experience to his role as SailPoint’s Sales Manager for Public Sector. Steve has been with SailPoint for 4 years, responsible for driving growth in the SailPoint Public Sector business. Before joining SailPoint, Steve has held senior Public Sector sales and sales management positions at various IT organisations including Computacenter, Siemens and Experian.

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Jason Corbishley
CISO, Police Digital Service

Jason is an experienced Chief Technology Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the law enforcement industry. He is an information technology security professional who graduated with distinction from Lancaster University in 2018. Jason was the Head of ICT at Cumbria Constabulary between 2012 and January 2017, and became the Chief Technology Officer for the National Enabling Programmes, supporting the delivery of the NPCC Policing Vision and the National Policing Digital and Data Strategy. With more than 19 years in IT, more than 13 of which have been in policing, Jason is highly experienced in managing IT operations as well as ICT transformation. Working in Cumbria Constabulary since 2006 and in the role of Head of ICT since 2012, Jason has managed internal resources and external suppliers to provide a resilient and reliable ICT platform to support modern policing. Jason joined the Police Digital Service in 2021 as Chief Information Security Officer (CIOS) and is responsible for developing and implementing an IT security strategy which will underpin the National Policing Digital Strategy whilst protecting the law enforcement community from security threats and cyber-hacking. As CISO he co-ordinates and informs all areas of information assurance, cyber activity and policy across the law enforcement community.

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Kurt Frary
Deputy Director of Information Management & Technology / CTO, Norfolk County Council

Kurt Frary is the Deputy Director of Information Management & Technology / CTO at Norfolk County Council and also the chair of Socitm East. Kurt has over 32 years’ experience working in ICT for both public and the private sector and his passion for digital innovation, change and technology is compelling. Kurt Delivers the operational ICT service for over 7,500 staff at Norfolk County Council and the ICT Service for Norfolk Fire & Rescue. He is currently leading Norfolk’s ground breaking innovation network which is the largest free to use public sector IoT Network in the UK.

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Lee Carass
Sales Engineer Manager UK&I, Trend Micro

Lee is a Sales Engineer Manager at Trend Micro and is responsible for advising Trend Micro’s UK customers on security transformation and consolidation with a primary focus on Network Defense solutions.

Lee has over 20 years of experience and has held IT infrastructure and security roles across a number of companies and before Trend Micro he held the position of Senior Sales Engineer at Sophos. Lee works with customers to understand their risks and develop security strategies that enable business objectives, with focus on digital transformation and cloud.

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William J. Malik, CISA
VP Infrastructure Strategies, Trend Micro

Bill helps clients achieve an effective information security posture spanning endpoints, networks, servers, cloud, and the Internet of Things.  This involves technology, policy, and procedures, and impacts acquisition/development through deployment, operations, maintenance, and replacement or retirement.

Starting as an application developer, Bill moved to OS development at IBM in Poughkeepsie and joined Gartner in 1990 where he ran the Information Security Strategies and Application Integration and Middleware services. He served as CTO of Waveset, an Identity Management provider, prior to its acquisition by Sun.

Bill attended MIT, majoring in Mathematics. He is a member of CT InfraGard and ISACA.

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Steven Clarke
Strategic Account Director, Zivver

Over three decades Steven has specialised in facilitating growth for UK-based and global technology companies, often working closely with the UK public sector in the NHS, Central and Local Government, helping deliver on their digital transformation strategies. In recent years the focus has been on helping these same organisations to achieve consistent data confidentiality and information security.

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Ashley Ward
Technical Director, Office of the CTO, Prisma Cloud, Palo Alto Networks

Ashley Ward is part of the Office of the CTO specialising in Cloud and Cloud Native security. With Palo Alto Networks Ashley wants to make each day safer and more secure than the last. He draws from 18+ years of operations, architecture, and security experience across financial services, media, and national infrastructure to do so. Ashley has a passion for fairness and volunteers as a Justice of the Peace.

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Vic Rayner
CEO, National Care Forum

Vic Rayner is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Care Forum, joining the organisation in 2016.

As CEO she is the chair of the government Strategic Advisory Forum on the social care workforce, co-chair of the National Social Care Advisory Group on social care and technology and sits on a range of government and national specialist groups with a focus on the social care workforce, digital transformation, new models of care and regulation.

Prior to joining the NCF, she was the CEO of Sitra, a leading national membership body championing excellence in housing, health, care and support.

Vic is a trustee of Hestia, a leading London charity providing care and support as well as The Care Workers Charity.

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Edmund Willis
Adviser – Social Care Digital Innovation, Local Government Association

Ed supports adult social care councils with digital as part of the Care and Health Improvement Programme (CHIP) in the Local Government Association.

He is a board member for Better Security, Better Care representing local government as part of the collaborative effort to enhance data and cybersecurity and enable joined-up care.

He previously managed the Social Care Digital Innovation Programme (SCDIP) in collaboration with councils and NHS Digital.

Before joining LGA he was Adult Care Services Digital Technology Programme Manager at Hertfordshire County Council.

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Alex Harris
Cyber Security Assurance Policy Lead, NHSX

Alex Harris is Cyber Security Assurance Policy Lead at NHSX, where he is responsible for raising cyber security standards across the health and care sector, including overall policy oversight of the Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT).

Over the last two years, most of his focus has been on data and cyber security in the adult social care sector, including on predecessors to the Better Security, Better Care programme.

Prior to joining NHSX, Alex worked in cyber security in the Department for Education, focusing on securing digital services for teachers and pupils, and has served as an expert panellist for international cyber security standards.

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Adam Evans
Solutions Engineering Manager, Auth0

As the Solutions Engineering Manager, Adam is responsible for managing a professional team that engages with Auth0 prospects and customers to understand their technical requirements and guide them to the most appropriate identity solution based on their requirements. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience working with organisations to help them design and implement solutions that address internal, external, and regulatory compliance mandates through the effective use of technology.

Adam has more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry, having worked for both large corporate organisations, and software security vendors. Prior to Auth0, he held senior Identity, Access, and Security roles at Micro Focus and NetIQ, a business unit of Attachmate.

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Mohamed Hamid
Lead Infrastructure Engineer, Cabinet Office

Mohamed has more than 10 years of experience working in IT making a start as a network engineer. He has been involved in designing, configuring and managing various network infrastructures.

He plays a key role in the cross-government wireless network GovWifi, providing guidance and often technical assistance in ensuring best practices are followed.

Currently, Mohamed is working with the wider Cabinet Office looking at cloud migration strategies and understanding the cybersecurity threats that impact networks today.


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Dr Mohibi Hussain
Security and Strategy Architect, University of Cambridge

Mohibi is currently working at the University of Cambridge as a Security & Strategy Architect.

Her role involves overseeing the technical design aspect of new and existing services offered by the University’s central service provider.

Mohibi has a master’s degree in Technology and Policy from MIT USA and is CISSP certified. She also has 19 years of professional experience in information technology and information security management and team leadership and has worked in some of the world-renowned companies such as IBM, and many others.

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Jessica Figueras
Technology Strategist; Trustee, UK Cyber Security Council

Jessica is a tech strategist specialising in government, policy and regulation, and civil society.

She currently advises start-up and scale-up founders on growth strategy, with areas of focus including digital trust, government and corporate transparency, and undertakes tech futures research for the UK government.

Previously Jessica ran multi-million-pound data and research programmes at companies including Dods, GlobalData and Ovum. Over her 25 years in the tech and information industries, Jessica has advised senior executives in large established tech businesses as well as many VC-backed startups and scaleups. She is a sought-after commentator and speaker, and as an industry analyst has published extensive research and analysis on the application of emerging technologies across government, telecoms and other industries.

Jessica has an MA from the University of Cambridge and a Diploma in Computing from the Open University. She is Chair of the Board at NCT, the UK’s largest charity for parents.

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Gai Brodtmann
Former Opposition Assistant Minister for Cyber Security and Defence and Former Member for Canberra

Gai Brodtmann is a member of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute Council, National Security College Futures Council and Sapien Cyber advisory board and a non-executive director on the Defence Housing Australia, Old Parliament House and Endometriosis Australia boards.

She is also a presenter and panellist at the National Security College, Australian Strategic Policy Institute and Australian Defence College and contributor to The Strategist.

Gai served as a Member of the Australian Parliament from 2010-2019. She was Opposition Assistant Minister for Cyber Security and Defence from 2016-19, and Opposition Parliamentary Secretary for Defence from 2013-2016.

Prior to her political career, Gai ran her own consultancy for ten years, mainly advising in the Department of Defence.

Before that, she was a civil servant with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Attorney-General’s. Gai was a diplomat in India and served on the Middle East desk, where she was involved in the normalisation of the relationship with Iran and bilateral policy on Iraq, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

Gai’s cybersecurity interests include norms and standards, the protection of critical infrastructure and national identity, the development of sovereign capability, particularly in skills, education and training, women in national security and community engagement.

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Cheryl Stevens
Digital Director, Shared Channels Experience, Department for Work and Pensions

Cheryl joined the civil service in 1999 and has held a variety of leadership posts since, gaining operational insight, spearheading transformational change, and developing an in-depth knowledge of customers.

Cheryl led HMRC’s tax credits Error & Fraud programme for a number of years before joining the Department for Work and Pensions in 2015 to continue her passion for accessible welfare benefits.

Cheryl is the Director for Shared Channels Experience with accountability for Identity and Trust and holds the vision of Digital Services being able to operate securely with proportionate, tailored Identity and Trust solutions that meet both customer and service needs, whilst ensuring that the person, the data and the transaction are protected.

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