Past President, ISACA London Chapter
Sarb Sembhi is a CTO & CISO of a media company. He 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.
Director of Information Security, King.com
Giacomo Collini is the Director of Information Security at King.com, the makers of the global gaming phenomenon, Candy Crush where he has been since January 2014. He holds deep knowledge and experience in IT and business processes and his experience in information security spans back 15 years including software engineering, penetration testing, consultancy and has held various senior security roles. He holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) as well as the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and ISO 27000 LA and SABSA.
Principal Auditor, UNESCO
As a Principal Auditor for the past ten years, Sameer Pise has successfully led a wide range of audit and advisory engagements comprising compliance, performance and strategic engagements across UNESCO’s Headquarters, Field Offices and Category I institutes and in Information Technology. These engagements have strengthened risk management, internal control and governance. He has extensive experience in managing contracted IT audits covering areas such as IT security, project implementation, governance, data stewardship and classification and operations.
Head of Enterprise Security and Risk Management, Department for Work and Pensions
Stuart has over 30 years’ experience in the Civil Service and currently heads up the DWP Enterprise Security and Risk Management team – a unique role that leads both Security Architects and Risk Managers to protect DWP assets.
Principal Architect, FINkit at Monitise
With an engineering family background, Theo started out in IBM’s labs at 17, graduated from University of Warwick in the early 90’s mainly in maths but also in other interesting stuff, before going on to delivering and consulting for many UK & European retail banks, with occasional forays into processors, retail, travel and media organisations.
Theo brings his breadth of experience in Software Engineering & Enterprise Architecture over 20 years to the management team of FINkit, the new strategic innovation platform from Monitise.
Retired Police Superintendent
Chris is a recently retired (March 2016) Police Superintendent from Greater Manchester Police, with a wealth of knowledge at a strategic and tactical level of policing and planning, leading some of the largest security operations in the history of the Force as well as dealing with countless major incidents and emergencies.
He has a strong leadership and collaborative style making him a great team player and motivator.
In addition to his daily operational duties, he was a qualified National Security Co-ordinator providing security advice to target harden some of the major iconic sites in Greater Manchester.
He has also worked at an international level with the FBI which involved visiting the USA for a significant security operation.
Given his background he has led some of GMP’s most high profile, high-value business change programmes such as the Force’s £64 million headquarters, the introduction of Agile working. His most recent work was to lead and deliver a genuine cutting edge and truly successful mobile policing solution.
Director Product Advocacy, Wandera
Specialist in Enterprise mobility, EMM, MDM, BYoD enablement and technology innovation, David started his career in technology over 25 years ago at the outset of the PC revolution. He has worked at some of the world’s most reputable technology companies, including Apple and AirWatch where he held various positions across multiple continents, including iOS Technical Specialist for EMEA and Innovation Director.
With his experience and pragmatic approach to mobile device security and management, David heads up Customer Success at Wandera, working with the company’s largest customers to implement and develop leading edge solutions.
UK Head of Business Development, Sims Recycling Solutions
Andrew Noel Brown is the UK Head of Business Development (ITAD) at Sims Recycling Solutions. Using a consultative, innovative and solutions-orientated approach, he oversees a team of Business Development Mangers who work with local, national and global customers in government and business sectors to provide secure disposition services for all types of retired electronic equipment. Previously he was the Business Development Manager, Financial & Professional Services Sector, at Iron Mountain, and held senior account management positions at Secure Data Management Limited and Online Security Solutions. A native of Christchurch, New Zealand, he holds a degree in Fine Art (BFA) from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.
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 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.”
Professor Bill Buchanan
Professor of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University
Bill Buchanan is a Professor in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Fellow of the BCS and the IET. He currently leads The Cyber Academy (thecyberacademy.org) and the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks, and Security, and works in the areas of security, data analysis, Cloud Security, Web-based infrastructures, e-Crime, cryptograph, triage, intrusion detection systems, digital forensics, mobile computing, agent-based systems, and security risk.
Bill has one of the most extensive academic sites in the World (asecuritysite.com), and is involved in many areas of novel research and teaching in computing. He has published over 27 academic books, and 250 academic research papers. Bill has many awards for excellence in knowledge transfer, innovation, and teaching, such as winning at the Edinburgh Napier University Student Excellence awards in 2011, 2014 and 2015. He also has an extensive track record for public engagement and social media and was included in the JISC Top 50 Higher Education Social Media Influencers in 2015.
Bill also regularly appears on TV and radio, and was named as one of the Top 100 people for Technology in Scotland for the last two years, and as one of the 50 people from Scotland’s digital technologies industry changing the world (Times Scotland). In 2016, in Scotland, his work resulted in the Innovation of the Year related to advanced cryptography, and his research has led to three successful spin-out companies, including Zonefox (an innovative company focused on data loss detection), along with being awarded a number of patents.
Head of Group Risk and IS, Hamilton Fraser
Peter has extensive experience of managing technical projects covering all aspects of IT through the complete planning lifecycle, has specialised in delivery of infrastructure and network projects and has considerable experience of managing application roll out and development projects with much of this gained within the banking and finance industry.
Senior Certification Manager – Cyber Products, BSI Group
Jason Blake is Senior Certification Manager – Cyber Products with BSI Group. He spent 15 years as a Quality and IT Manager prior to joining BSI in 2003. He has worked in the areas of Cyber Security, Information Security, Cloud Security, World Lottery Security, Legal Admissibility of Electronic Records, Collaborative Business Relationships and Quality Management. He has also been the Global Technical Manager for ISO 9001:2008/2015, and developer of the CSA STAR scheme with the Cloud Security Alliance.
Head of IT Finance, Tullow Oil
Chris has over 20 years of experience in Information Technology, Innovation Management and Project Management working across the civil engineering and energy sectors. He holds degrees in Cultural Anthropology, Business Administration and International Business Transactions as well as certifications in Industrial Control System Security Management. His articles on information management and business strategy have been published in research forums, textbooks and mainstream business publications including CIO Magazine, Business Information Review and Knowledge Management Review.
Head of Operational Risk, EMEA at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Sam Lee is Head of Operational Risk, EMEA for SMBC. He has previously been head of operational risk at RBS, Barclays Wealth and Credit Suisse Private Banking and has ridden a number of the industry’s challenges. Sam started his career training as a chartered accountant and left the profession immediately after qualifying and entered the world of investment banking as an internal auditor before moving to operational risk and initially setting up the operational risk framework and department for CSPB – He has stayed with Operational Risk ever since and has been focused on the embedding and transformational aspects of Operational Risk.
Senior Information Security Architect, Thomson Reuters
Andy Boura has a passion for technology, science, and business. He brings technical depth of knowledge together with broad development process, business, and management experience. This allows him to take a holistic strategic view of technology, information security, and risk management. He advises on enterprise and technical security architecture of internally developed and third-party applications; and contributes to technical strategy, policies, and standards.
Thomson Reuters has over 50,000 employees in over 100 countries and is trusted by many of the biggest organisations in the world to provide business critical services and deliver accurate and timely information to professionals. As such, information security is critical in almost everything Thomson Reuters does.
IT Technical Security Lead, Shell International
An information risk management professional with 20 years’ of experience from the oil and gas industry, Randi was born in The Netherlands, gained engineering degrees in the UK and USA before embarking on an IT security career. Over the years, her roles and responsibilities have spanned technical security to governance and assurance, and she is currently working in the Joint Venture IT area.
Information Security Manager, Kennedys
David Wood has over 14 years’ experience in information security, from access control with Halifax Card Services, to non-compliance management with Lloyds Banking Group. He has worked for Kennedys for over 3 years, overseeing the ISO 27001 certification programme, and general Information Security management.
David Robinson MBE
Head of Global IT Security, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
David Robinson MBE is the Head of Global IT Security for Herbert Smith Freehills, one of the world’s leading law firms, who advise many of the biggest and most ambitious organisations across all major regions of the globe. David leads the delivery and strategy for IT security services across the firm in a flexible and responsive approach to the business. He has a wealth of experience gained from 22 years as a communications and electronics engineer with the RAF where he worked in numerous sectors including aircraft simulation, Radar, data handling & processing networks, training, procurement and information security; his military career was followed by a little over 13 years in senior security roles in the private sector with both C&W and Fujitsu where latterly he held various posts including company CSO.
Chief Information Officer, Watchfinder & Co.
Jonathan Gill has spent the last twenty years working in the IT sector, specialising in complex IT systems for the education, health, engineering, accountancy and retail industries. His experience with web front-end systems dates back to 1999, but his core focus is on developing bespoke information management systems. His most recent work has been for Watchfinder & Co., a Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track Hot 100 ‘Ones to Watch’ company, building the company’s entire IT infrastructure to support rapid growth and maintain a stock roster of well over 4,000 high-value luxury items across multiple locations whilst catering to 1 million website visitors each month.
Group Head of Information Security, RSA Insurance Group
Algy has worked for RSA for over 30 years in a variety of technology-oriented roles. He has been working in Information Security for over 10 years, developing capability from an initial basic IT Security focus into a wider Information Security framework aligned with Enterprise Risk Management practises.