Enterprise Cyber Security

19 September 2018

Postillion Convention Centre Amsterdam




21st August 2017

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17th August 2017

In a bid to make the UK the safest place in the world for citizens and businesses alike, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and […]



Aaron Shelmire

Senior Security Researcher, SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit ™

Aaron Shelmire began his professional security career when he was pulled into responding to the Stakkato incident. Since then he slapped together some open source IDS stuff, attended graduate school for information security at Carnegie Mellon University, worked at CERT/CC, then SecureWorks, then some startups, and now SecureWorks, again. He is driven by the challenge of computer-to-computer combat, and revels in evicting adversaries.

Gabe Barrett

Information Security Consultant

Gabe Barrett was enticed into security after an extensive career in enterprise governance and risk management. He enjoys navigating the interface of technology and human behaviour. 

Mike Smart

Director for Products and Solutions, Forcepoint EMEA

Mike has a strong history in the Enterprise IT Security arena and over the last 18 years has been at the forefront of introducing new technologies and solutions to the market.

Prior to Forcepoint, Mike worked at Symantec, where he was Cyber Strategist for EMEA. He also held roles at Intel Security (Formally McAfee), Novell, SonicWALL and CodeGreen.

Mike is a frequent speaker at security events across EMEA covering topics including the insider threat, cybercrime & the emerging threat landscape, and governance, risk and compliance to name but a few.

Graham Ahearne

Director of Product Management, Corvil

Graham Ahearne, CISSP, a recognised industry expert, that has been advising on and architecting information security solutions for Fortune 500 companies for over 15 years. He currently leads Corvil’s Security Analytics practice and collaborates closely with a range of clients including the world’s largest global banks and exchanges, in the building and rapid evolution of a next generation Network Intelligence platform. Mr. Ahearne’s experience spans a broad range of information security technology types with specialist focus in network forensics, security analytics, threat intelligence, managed services and host-based security controls.

Mark Sparshott

Senior Director, Tanium

During his 22-year career in security Mark has worked for a number of leading companies including IBM, Google, Proofpoint and Tanium helping customers and their service providers understand how attacks work and how to implement best practices for prevention and response.

Margaret Wookey

Head of Information Risk, Global Information Services, British Council

Margaret has worked in Zambia, South Korea, Ireland and Bermuda as well as the UK in the course of a long career with the British Council. She has run cultural programmes for New Zealand and lead budgetary teams, managed higher education recruitment services and HR change programmes. She joined the corporate risk team in 2010 travelling extensively and moved to specialise in information risk on relocating to Bermuda in 2012. She has been the Head of Information Risk for the last two years and is now based in London.

Adam Bland

Head of Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response, NHS England (Yorkshire and Humber)

Adam Bland is Head of Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response for NHS England across Yorkshire and the Humber. He works with NHS organisations and non-health partners and Local Resilience Forums to ensure arrangements are in place and joined up to deliver the best outcome for patients and the public during disruptive events and emergencies.

NHS England leads the NHS in England, setting its priorities and direction as well as commissioning health care services from GPs, pharmacists and dentists. It is the lead health agency for risk assessing, planning and responding to emergencies and incidents.

Adam’s career in the NHS has involved risk management, service redesign, assurance and commissioning and emergency planning and response in hospital, community and primary care organisations. Previously Chair of the Emergency Planning Society (London), he is a qualified Health Service Commander, has a degree in Public Service Management and a Diploma in Health Emergency Planning.

Among many emergencies throughout his career, Adam led the regional major incident response to the Wannacry cyber attack that affected NHS organisations in 2017.

Sarb Sembhi

Past President, ISACA London Chapter

Sarb Sembhi has been the Chair of the ISACA GRA Committee and a member of ISACA Relations Board. Sarb began his career in the public sector as a Project Manager, and has more than 30 years of project management and consultancy experience.

He has gained this experience providing services to companies including BBC, Travis Perkins, BP, Network Rail. Sarb is a regular speaker at Information Security Conferences around the world, including the CxO Dialogue, Gartner Summits, InfoSec Europe, RSA Europe, HITB, BCS, ISACA, IPSec, IFSEC, Security Directors Forum.

He is also member of the Defence and Security Committee at the London Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and a member of the Cyber Security Working Group at the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Infosecurity Magazine Editorial Board, The Institute of Engineering and Technology, The Institute of Risk Management, The Chartered Insurance Institute, and was individual member of the Parliamentary IT Committee.

John Hield

Information Security and Compliance Manager, Veolia

John Hield is an experienced information security manager (CISM) with a background in both manufacturing and IT quality assurance management (ITIL & ISO 20000). Since 2006, he has held the role of Information Security and Compliance Manager for Veolia UK and Ireland. A senior member of the UK and Ireland Security team, he covers the less technical aspects of security and manages all IT compliance activities – ISO27001, Cyber essentials+, PCI-DSS, MOD RMADS, GDPR and (previously) SOX. He is an active member of both the Veolia global information security team and the Veolia UK and Ireland Risk Committee.

Ian Goodwin

Director of Information Governance and Risk Management, Global Information Services, British Council

Ian has worked in the area of Information Governance for over 16 years in roles at the Information Commissioner’s Office, the Legal Services Commission, Lambeth Council and now at the British Council as their Director of Information Governance and Risk Management. In his new role Ian leads a team of officers based around the world, covering all areas of Information Governance (Data Protection, Cyber Security, Information Risk Management and Assurance). The current focus of Ian’s role is on preparing the organisation for GDPR and embedding information governance maturity within a 3 lines of defence model.

Ian is IAPP CIPP/E, CIPM, CIPT certified and was one of the first people to receive the IAPP Fellow of Information Privacy designation. Ian is also ISEB qualified Data Protection and Freedom of Information Practitioner, as well as a certified ISO 27001 Lead Auditor and Prince 2 qualified.

Martin Fletcher

Assurance and Information Management Consultant, National Archives

As part of the Information Management Department at The National Archives; Martin Fletcher has provided Cyber Security training to 2,700 staff from over 150 organisations across the public sector. In this role, he has also developed an Information Security ‘train the trainer’ course which is now used by organisations including The Scottish Government, HMRC and the Ministry of Justice. He is also responsible for the Archives’ well established programme of Management Board briefings. Martin believes that the core to ensuring a secure culture is to engage the senior management and encourage them to see cyber security as being more than just an “IT problem.”

Richard Bell

Former Chief Information Security Officer, Transport for London

Transport for London is a dynamic and challenging retail and transportation organisation with annual revenue of £4Bn. In Richard’s former position, his first step was to risk assess the current state of information security at TfL. From that risk assessment he then developed and led the implementation of an effective tactical and strategic cyber response programme to ensure cyber security resilience.

Richard has been with TfL since 2004, during which he has had responsibility for providing security assurance against some of the most significant risks TfL has faced. He is advocator in the harnessing of social media and big data analytics. He has served as a Director for The Security Institute and featured within the IFSEC Global Top 40 of influencers in security 2014 and 2015.

Richard has been with TfL since 2004, during which he has had responsibility for providing security assurance against some of the most significant risks TfL has faced. He is advocator in the harnessing of social media and big data analytics. He has served as a Director for The Security Institute and featured within the IFSEC Global Top 40 of influencers in security 2014 and 2015.

Richard Wright

Senior Officer - Security Education, National Crime Agency

Richard leads the National Crime Agency’s security education programme, with responsibility for policy, guidance, communications and training.  As a passionate advocate of people-centric security, he believes long-term behavioural and cultural change strategies should be at the heart of risk reduction instead of viewing people as the weakest link to be designed out by onerous technical controls. Richard is a qualified information security and training professional with over nine years’ experience of working on a number of diverse and challenging security projects.


Boris Taratine

Chief Cybersecurity Architect, Lloyds Banking Group

Boris is a strategist, thought leader, and influencer. He brings nearly 30 years of experience in leadership roles in academia and renowned companies around the Globe, supporting and advising to senior business leaders. He currently serves as a Strategic Executive Advisor to the CEO of a private-public partnership organisation.

He likes to spend his time thinking of ways to reduce harm in cyber space, and has developed original techniques and capabilities to this end. Boris has authored 6 scientific publications and has over 15 granted patents in science and cyber security. He has participated in various industry forums (including highly vetted cyber security communities) to learn from industry experts, share knowledge, and influence global cyber development.

He is a member of STOPCAM – a global and multidisciplinary community of professionals committed to stopping Child Abuse Material online. Its objective is to raise awareness and interest in governments and in the business community on the threat of Child Abuse Material and the need to adopt proactive measures against it.

Currently, he is Chief Cybersecurity Architect at Lloyds Banking Group. He helps to anticipate and proactively face challenges in cyber space, protect the Group and maintain confidence of customers and partners.

John Unsworth

Chief Executive, London Digital Security Centre

John is the Chief Executive of the London Digital Security Centre.

The London Digital Security Centre is a joint venture between the Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime (MOPAC), the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and the City of London Police (CoLP). Working in partnership with academia and the private industry the London Digital Security Centre aims to help protect businesses operating in London from online criminal threats.

John is a highly regarded financial and cybercrime intelligence professional. He has 20+ years of experience in successfully leading national intelligence activities in the UK aimed at identifying, preventing and detecting criminal activities and targeting financial and cybercrime threats committed by Organised Crime Groups.

Prior to joining the London Digital Security Centre, John was seconded to the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), from one of its co-founders the City of London Police (CoLP) and also led CoLPs Economic and Cyber Crime Prevention Centre (ECPC).

John has recently completed a Masters degree in Criminology at Cambridge University.

Detective Chief Inspector Vanessa Smith

Yorkshire and Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit

DCI Vanessa Smith is head of the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit.  She has served in West Yorkshire Police for 22 years, developing the force’s first cybercrime unit and cyber response strategy. During her career, she has also investigated historical child sex abuse allegations, managed Registered Sex Offenders and managed teams tackling serious organised crime.

Steve Kennett

Security Director & Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO), Jisc

Steve Kennett served 23 in the Royal Air Force from 1978 to 2001 as a telecommunications engineer. He served at various bases and in the UK and in operations around the world, he specialised in Data communications, Cryptography & Data protection (cyber and Information security).

On Leaving the RAF Steve held senior positions at Kingston Communications and Centrica where he had responsibilities for the Data & IP networks as well as the One Tel ISP he was responsible for all aspects of IP and ISP operations, design & strategic management

Steve Joined Ofcom in June 2005 as the Head of Spectrum Services he was responsible for all aspects of Enforcement & Interference policy, business governance and due diligence. He introduced major Legislation & Policy changes into Ofcom the new WT Act 2006, R&TTE Act 2005 and Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. During his time at Ofcom he was Chair of the Satellite Monitoring MOU committee within CEPT of the European communications office. He left Ofcom on a high after being part of the successful Ofcom Olympics Spectrum Delivery team responsible for keeping the Spectrum for the London 2012 Games free from Interference

Steve joined Janet in Jan 2013 as the Head of Operational Services and Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO) is to ensure that appropriate supplier relationships (contractual and otherwise) were in place to support the network and its services and that the services provided over the network are delivered according to the company’s stated service levels and policies and meet customer expectations.

Steve is currently the Security Director and SIRO responsible for Jisc’s response to the increasing cyber security threat, providing leadership for the development of the cyber security strategy and policy to ensure that an extensive programme of enhanced cyber security services and initiatives is maintained that protect the network and meets the needs of Jisc’s members and customers whilst maintaining a high level of cyber security across the Janet network and other Jisc services