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Government IT Security

23 May 2024

Victoria Park Plaza, London

Speakers @ GOVSEC

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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, to address the most important issues which matter to you and provide a path towards greater success

Chair & Keynote Speakers
Keynote Speaker
Nuala Kilmartin
Digital Security Innovation Lead, InnovateUK, UKRI

As Digital Security Innovation Lead for the Digital Security by Design Programme within InnovateUK, UKRI, Nuala is accountable for driving the market development of the challenge and working in partnership with Government, Industry and Academia to gather the real industry benefits to create demand and onboard advocates for this transformational technology. Nuala presently manages the DSbD Technology Access Programme and is delivering the UK and International Engagement Strategy. Nuala has spent over 25 years initiating research and promoting education/industry integration across the private, public and 3rd sector and has demonstrated expertise in Innovation Consultancy, Funding, Programme Management, Enterprise Development and Strategic Partnership Engagement. Nuala is a STEM and EDI ambassador and is an avid supporter of Women in Tech

Conference Chair
Jessica Figueras
Co-founder, CxB - Cyber Governance for Boards

Jessica Figueras is Chief Executive of cybersecurity consultancy Pionen, Vice Chair of Trustees of the UK Cyber Security Council, and a non-executive director at data services company Pivotl. In 2023 she co-founded the CxB (Cyber Governance for Boards) network to support non-executive directors in strengthening board oversight of cybersecurity. As a strategist specialising in digital trust, cyber security, and the role of tech in civil society, she has advised UK government on technology and policy issues relating to cyber crime and online safety.

Keynote Speaker
Simon Newman
Chief Executive, The Cyber Resilience Centre for London

Simon is the CEO of the Cyber Resilience Centre for London – a not-for-profit organisation funded by Government that helps businesses and charities reduce their vulnerability to common cyber threats. He has previously held a number of senior management roles across the public sector in both the UK and abroad including at the Home Office where he was Programme Director for the National Police Air Service and as a Strategic Advisor to Abu Dhabi Police in the United Arab Emirates. Simon is also a co-founder of Cyber London which is the official cyber cluster for London and was recently appointed an Honorary Visiting Fellow at City, University of London.

Keynote Speaker
Ricard Fuertes
Head of IS Operations, Transport for Greater Manchester

Ricard is the Head of IS Operations at Transport for Greater Manchester, the local transport authority responsible for delivering Greater Manchester’s transport strategy and commitments. TfGM manages 5.6 million journeys daily across the city region on several transport modes and is currently implementing a bus franchising program that represents the biggest change in public transport in the city region for the last 40 years. With a background of almost 30 years in IT working on different functions and across both private and public sector, Ricard leads the team at TfGM responsible for the day-to-day operation and cybersecurity of information and operational systems across the company.

Keynote Speaker
Sherlock di Schiavi
Head of Security Architecture, Office for Nuclear Regulation

Sherlock is extremely passionate about cyber, risk, and security.

After picking up his initial toolset as a child hacker, he continued his exposure to technological security with a career in the military. He has developed a broad range of specialist skills in multiple domains, including malware detection, analysis, programming, and reverse engineering. He is also skilled in developing strategies to incorporate and deploy a variety of frameworks including: attack, vulnerability management, secure by design, and Zero Trust. He is now the senior technical cyber security specialist at the Office for Nuclear Regulation and heads up their security architecture function.

Keynote Speaker
Jonathan Pownall
Senior Digital Specialist, Digital Insights Team, National Audit Office

Jonathan is a senior digital specialist at the National Audit Office and has over 20 years’ experience of assessing digital and technology programmes in the central government sector, including the management of associated technology risk.

He is a contributing author to numerous NAO reports including Digital transformation in the NHS, The challenges in implementing digital change and Digital transformation in government as well as the NAO good practice insight guides on Cloud Services and Cyber and information security.

Prior to joining the NAO he held an assurance role with one of the leading international accountancy and advisory firms.

Keynote Speaker
Mark Rysanek
Cyber Liaison Officer, Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Mark Rysanek brings over 20 years of experience in Canadian law enforcement. He has a comprehensive background in policing, having held a number of unique roles ranging from front-line response, anti-corruption, and international serious and organized crime. In 2015 he was appointed to the RCMP cybercrime portfolio to lead investigative teams conducting complex international cybercrime investigations involving critical and government infrastructure. Mark is a recognized leader in cybercrime investigations within the RCMP and has provided bespoke cybercrime training to law enforcement and government officials from around the world.

In his current role Mark represents the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in London (UK) liaising with UK government and private sector partners in respect to cyber threats impacting both Canada and the United Kingdom. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Carleton University and a certificate from Cambridge University.

Keynote Speaker
Ben Malu
IT Risk Governance Cyber Analyst, London Ambulance NHS Trust

Ben Malu lives in London and is the IT Risk Governance Cyber Analyst for the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust. Ben is
also a Cyber Security Advisor with 6 years of experience in Cyber Security.

Keynote Speaker
Steve Watt
Chief Information Officer, University of St. Andrews

Steve Watt is a European Engineer, Chartered Engineer, Chartered IT Professional, Fellow of the British Computer Society, and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), with over 30 years’ experience working within the IT industry.  As CIO he is responsible for the strategic development of IT services at the University, which is currently ranked Number 1 University in 2024 by both the Times and Guardian University Guides. For the last five years, key focuses have been digital transformation and cyber security which has positioned the University well in its response to the pandemic and in responding to this existential threat.

Steve was listed in Computing’s Top 100 most influential IT leaders in 2023 and he has won numerous awards, including IT Leader of the Year, the GOLD award under the Certified Energy Efficient Datacentre Award (CEEDA) Scheme three times and Microsoft Apprentice Employer of the Year. In 2016 Steve formed a small IT Security Team, which, from a standing start, provides a comprehensive IT Security system, achieving Cyber Essential certification in March 2018 and Cyber Essentials Plus in April 2019.  This team was named joint winner of the award ‘Outstanding Cyber Team’ at the Scottish Cyber Awards in October 2018, and in 2022, one of his young IT Security Analysts were named ‘Cyber Rising Star 2023’.

Plenary Speakers
Plenary Speaker
Trevor Dearing
Global Director of Critical Infrastructure Solutions, Illumio

Trevor Dearing is a leader in security transformation and has worked in networking and security for over 40 years. He has attended the birth of nearly all the technologies that we now take for granted including Ethernet Switching, VPNs, Firewalls and virtual networks. Originally an engineer working on some of the first network and cyber security systems, he is now the Global Director of Critical Infrastructure Solutions for Illumio.

Plenary Speaker
Mark Lillywhite
Senior Sales Engineer, Delinea

Mark Lillywhite is a renowned expert in the field of cybersecurity and insurance, with a focus on helping businesses mitigate risks and navigate the evolving landscape of cyber threats. As a cybersecurity consultant, Mark has advised numerous organizations on enhancing their security posture and implementing effective risk management strategies. He has worked closely with businesses of all sizes, from small startups to large enterprises, helping them understand and address the challenges posed by insider cybercrime and external cyber threats.

Plenary Speaker
Lee Elliott
Director of Solutions Engineering, BeyondTrust

Lee Elliott is the Director, Solutions Engineering, for BeyondTrust. A highly capable security leader with 20+ years’ experience, Lee has acquired a wide range of security and identity management experience and knowledge, working across multiple industries in both vendor and client-side organizations. As a regular speaker at industry conferences, Lee delivers disruptive technical and strategic thought-leadership insight to the international cybersecurity community.

Plenary Speaker
Andrew Dillon
Tech Expert, Mimecast

Andrew Dillon is a seasoned technical expert at Mimecast, with five years of hands-on experience in the realm of email security solutions. With a fervent passion for safeguarding users against the ever-evolving landscape of email threats, Andrew specialises in thwarting the most cutting-edge and sophisticated attacks targeting inboxes. Moreover, he is deeply committed to educating organisations on the imperative strategies to combat threat actors who exploit brand integrity and reputation to deceive unsuspecting users.

Plenary Speaker
Paolo Passeri
Cyber Intelligence Principal EMEA, Netskope

Paolo is a security professional and a blogger, with over 20 years’ experience in the Information Security arena. Currently focusing on cloud security, advanced malware detection and risk mitigation, Paolo supports Netskope’s customers in protecting their journey to the cloud. In his spare time he updates his blog hackmageddon.com, which details timelines and statistics of all the main cyber-attacks occurred since 2011. His blog is considered a primary source of data and trends of the threat landscape across the Infosec community.

Seminar Speakers
Seminar Speaker
Trish Almgren
Senior Product Marketing Manager & Field Evangelist, Infoblox

Trish has had a diverse career in technology, spanning the globe, including assignments in North America and now Europe. She brings a strong networking background to Infoblox with more than six years in telecommunications. She has launched award-winning networking products, produced countless whitepapers and eBooks, and delivered keynotes in key international markets.

Seminar Speaker
Matthew Santos
Cyber Security Specialist, Thales

With a solid foundation in data security and cryptography, Matthew is focused on understanding both traditional and emerging cyber threats. Determined to showcase that security does not have to be a blocker, Matthew is keen to help Thales customers navigate towards a safer and more resilient digital future

Plenary Speaker
Lee Elliott
Director of Solutions Engineering, BeyondTrust

Lee Elliott is the Director, Solutions Engineering, for BeyondTrust. A highly capable security leader with 20+ years’ experience, Lee has acquired a wide range of security and identity management experience and knowledge, working across multiple industries in both vendor and client-side organizations. As a regular speaker at industry conferences, Lee delivers disruptive technical and strategic thought-leadership insight to the international cybersecurity community.

Previous Speakers
Previous Speaker
Andy Wall
Chief Security Officer, Office for National Statistics

Andy is a Cyber, Information Security and Assurance Leader with over 25 years of experience within global and national commercial organisations and the UK Government providing business-focused security advice and management.

In his current role as the Chief Security Officer at the Office for National Statistics, he is developing new approaches to secure the operations of leading-edge, big data analytics that support the organisational mission of statistics production on a range of key economic, social and demographic topics that are for the benefit of society and the economy generally.

His previous roles have been as Head of Cyber Security at Atkins supporting Government clients within the intelligence and military sectors and critical national infrastructure organisations including nuclear, water and transportation; and with Capgemini as Security Accreditation Manager, leading outsourced security risk services for a major Government department.

For ten years before that, he was an independent security consultant undertaking security roles for a wide range of national organisations.

Andy has been around the security block a few times. He has a host of security qualifications in risk, architecture and audit. He is a commentator on cyber security issues and a regular speaker at conferences.

Previous Speaker
Anulka Clarke
Head of Assurance, Information Commissioner's Office

Anulka is the Head of Assurance for the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). She has 18 years of regulatory and audit experience.

Anulka has responsibility for the Information Commissioner’s audit programme, leading a department of regulatory auditors who conduct both compulsory and consensual audits across the private, public and third sectors to assess compliance with a range of legislation including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA), Freedom of Information Act (FOI), Network and Information Systems Regulations (NIS) and Investigatory Powers Act (IPA).

Previous Speaker
Shelton Newsham
Divisional Information Security Officer, UK Health Security Agency

Shelton was named Number 2 by CSO Online magazine in the UK’s Top 30 Chief Security Officers at CSO30 2021, Prior to leaving law enforcement he was awarded Cyber Law Enforcement Individual of the Year 2020 at the National Cyber Awards and Digital Person of the Year 2020 by Computing magazine.

With over 19 years of experience in law enforcement, extensive experience in incident response, physical and digital security, critical incident management, intelligence assessments, threats to life, incident investigation.

He is a subject matter expert in many information security disciplines including process improvement. He has also sat on working groups for the NCSC and NCA reviewing cyber security strategies.

The National Matrix Challenge 2020 created by Shelton and his team delivered the highest impact for a police-led engagement project of this type to date with over 65,000 11 to 17yr old’s taking part.

Shelton is also a director and founder of Newsham Business Solutions Ltd, delivering information security consultancy and training.

Shelton is currently supporting the central government on the Test and Trace Program.

Previous Speaker
Deep Singh
Lead Security Engineer, National Records of Scotland

Deep is a Lead Security Engineer at NRS (National Records of Scotland), primarily focusing on managing, maturing, developing SOC capabilities and security solutions.

Prior to joining NRS, He led SOC operations for an MSSP working with both public and private sector clients globally.

Deep has written and presented research papers in conferences such as ICICT and is a regular speaker in academic institutions.

Previous Speaker
Stuart Frost BEM
Head of Enterprise Security & Risk Management, UK Government, DWP

Stuart Frost, BEM, heads up the DWP Enterprise Security and Risk Management organisation.

A vastly experienced, highly certified Security and Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) professional with extensive sector knowledge and significant
experience of successfully delivering risk-based security programmes across large scale, multi-disciplined and geographically dispersed organisations.

Stuart has won numerous industry awards for his work in the GRC space and is renowned for his thought leadership and ability to align security programmes to enable successful, secure delivery of business objectives.

Previous Speaker
Jude McCorry
CEO, Scottish Business Resilience Centre

Jude McCorry is the CEO of SBRC and Chair of Cyber Scotland, Jude has over 20 years’ experience in the Technology sector and started her career with Dell computers in Ireland, she joined SBRC in April 2020 from The Data Lab where she was Director of Business Development working with industry and academia to maximise the value of data for Scotland.

She is one of the founders of the UNICEF Data Hub for Children, she also sits on the board of the Edinburgh Data Driven Innovation Hub at Edinburgh University.

Jude is very passionate about data for good and also inspiring the next generation into Cyber and technology – particularly looking at female participation.

Previous Speaker
Purvi Kay
Head of Cyber Policy, Outreach & Business Operations Team. Home Office

Purvi Kay is a Chartered Aerospace Engineer with 14 years of experience in various Government Departments and the UK Intelligence Community. The last 10 years Purvi has been working as a Senior Leader in Cyber Security with her current role being in the Home Office as Head of Cyber Policy. Purvi has extensive experience in dealing with complex and high priority National Security issues and leading security teams to deliver positive security outcomes.

Purvi has a keen interest in embedding a security culture within organisations and is passionate about developing the right talent pipeline of security professionals, ensuring they are empowered and equipped with the necessary career and learning and development frameworks to progress their security careers successfully.

Purvi is an active mentor for security professionals and an influential advocate of diversity and including across the Civil Service.

Previous Speaker
Adrian Warman
Head of Security Policy, Awareness, Culture and Education (SPACE) , Ministry of Justice

Adrian is enjoying the third age of his career, having moved into the public sector by joining the Ministry of Justice in 2017.

He has the intriguing and fascinating role of Principal Cyber Security Consultant, specialising in security policy and culture. He tries to avoid giving a “Computer Says No” response to security questions.

Prior to becoming a Civil Servant, he worked in industry, including 17 years with IBM, and before that working in the telecommunications and retail banking sectors. He began his career as a University Lecturer, researching Information Systems and Computer Security.

Previous Speaker
Daryl Flack
Security Lead, Smart Metering Implementation Programme; Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Daryl is a vastly experienced cyber, technology and business leader with over 22 years of experience working across sectors in key technical, managerial and executive positions in both private and publicly listed organisations.

Balancing the competing challenges of business, people, process, technology, security and safety, Daryl provides consultancy services and support to the UK Government and energy sector on smart energy-critical national infrastructure programmes, ensuring robust security controls are appropriately and proportionally implemented.

Daryl is also the CISO and co-founder of a Managed Security Services Consultancy (MSSP) which helps organisations improve their resilience against cyber-attacks.

He is a published author, keynote speaker and a Fellow at the Chartered Institute for Information Security (CIISec).

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