Securing The Digital Enterprise


Cyber Security Manchester at IP EXPO Manchester offers invaluable cyber security insight for both IT managers and cyber security specialists. Hear from the experts how you can build stronger defenses against cyber-attacks, and recover more quickly if your systems are breached.

Cyber Security Manchester - 25-26 April 2018, Manchester Central

  • Protection
  • Detection
  • Mitigation
  • Intelligence
  • Hacking
  • DevSecOps
Want to Exhibit?  Register FREE Today


In the new world of organised cybercrime, it’s not a question of whether your systems will be breached – but when. Cyber Security Manchester at IP EXPO Manchester offers expert insight and solutions to help you protect your business, and your customers, from a cyber-attack.

Cyber Security Manchester takes place on 25-26 April 2018 at Manchester Central.

This year’s event features seminars and solutions on all facets of cyber security and risk mitigation, from perimeter firewalls to the latest threat intelligence solutions. The event is a must-attend for both IT directors and security specialists.

Cyber Security Manchester is conveniently co-located with five other IP EXPO Manchester events: Cloud and IoTNetworks & Infrastructure, Data & Analytics, DevOps and AI.


2018 Cyber Security Manchester Speakers/Exhibitors

Robert Hannigan
Robert Hannigan

Former Director GCHQ, the world’s leading cyber security agency

View Speaker

Robert Hannigan

Robert Hannigan was Director of GCHQ, the UK government’s largest intelligence and cyber agency, from 2014-17. Hannigan has a long history of involvement in cyber security and technology, having drawn up the UK’s first Cyber Security Strategy and outlined the government’s ambition of making the UK ‘the safest place to live and do business online’. He set up the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre as part of GCHQ, which was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth in 2017, and launched the active cyber defence programme for the UK in 2016.

Hannigan strongly promoted technical skills in his leadership team and his term as Director saw the biggest internal transformation of GCHQ since the end of the Cold War. Hannigan served as Security Adviser to the UK Prime Minister from 2007-10, giving advice on counter terrorism and intelligence matters. As Head of Intelligence, Security and Resilience in the UK Government’s Cabinet Office, he was responsible for the funding and oversight of the three UK intelligence agencies.

For nearly ten years Hannigan lived in Belfast and worked on the Northern Ireland Peace Process as Tony Blair’s principal civil service adviser. He was responsible for negotiations with the political parties and paramilitaries, as well as liaison with the US, Irish and other Governments. He is the only civil servant credited with great creativity in Tony Blair’s autobiography.

He has a particular interest in Bletchley Park, where he is a Trustee, its codebreaking and the birth of computing. He caused international controversy by criticising social media companies on his first day in office at GCHQ but has also spoken at MIT in defence of strong encryption. Hannigan is widely credited with opening up the secret world of GCHQ and explaining its work, inviting the media in for the first time. He has championed diversity and inclusion as part of his wider campaign to foster cyber skills. He was the first intelligence agency head to address the Stonewall workplace conference, during which he apologised for the treatment of Alan Turing and other LGBT staff. Hannigan has been recognised for his work in promoting women in technology, BAME recruitment and neuro-diversity.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and a member of the Ministry of Defence Innovation Advisory panel with Ron Dennis and Tim Peake. He is an adviser to BlueVoyant LLC and McKinsey & Co.

Rik Ferguson
Rik Ferguson

Global VP Security Research

Trend Micro

View Speaker

Rik Ferguson

As a presenter at global industry events such as RSA, Mobile World Congress, Virus Bulletin, RUSI and the e-Crime Congress, Rik addresses the challenges posed by emerging technology and online crime. He is frequently interviewed by the BBC, CNN, CNBC, Channel 4, Sky News and Al-Jazeera English and is quoted by national newspapers and trade publications throughout the world.


As a lead spokesperson for Trend Micro, Rik is actively engaged in research into online threats and the underground economy. He also researches the wider implications of new developments in the Information Technology arena and their impact on security both for consumers and in the enterprise.

With almost twenty-five years’ experience in information security, Rik has been with Trend Micro since 2007. Prior to assuming his current role he served as Security Infrastructure Specialist at EDS where he led the security design work for government projects related to justice and law enforcement and as Senior Product Engineer at McAfee focused on network security, intrusion prevention, encryption and content filtering.


Rik Ferguson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wales and is a Certified Ethical Hacker.

Holly Grace Williams
Holly Grace Williams

Penetration Testing Team Leader


View Speaker

Holly Grace Williams

Holly Grace has 10 years of professional Information Security experience, currently working at Sec-1 as Penetration Testing Team Leader, which involves assessing the security of computer networks, websites and buildings through active exploitation. She is a CREST Certified Tester and holds a Master's degree in Information Security and Privacy, from Cardiff University.

Bennett Arron
Bennett Arron

Comedian & Identity Theft Speaker

View Speaker

Bennett Arron

Bennett Arron is an award-winning writer, stand up comedian, author and TV presenter. He is also a world renowned Speaker on the subject of Identity Theft

Bennett has performed all around the UK as well as in Italy, Australia, Germany, Poland, Amsterdam, South Africa and Hong Kong.

He has written and starred in two radios series: Bennett Arron is Jewelsh - which was nominated for a Celtic Media Award and the recently aired Bennett Arron Worries About…. He also presented the documentary The Kosher Comedian for the BBC. 

His other television and radio credits include; Loose EndsNot Tonight With John SergeantGlee Time (inwhich he hosted a series of six stand-up comedy shows), Never Write Off The Germans (a panel show for Radio 2) three series of What’s The Story (a panel show for Radio Wales) and he was a Presenter on Big Brother's Little Brother for Channel 4. 
Bennett  has written for many comedy programmes, including Hit The Road JackOff Their Rockers, Commercial Breakdown and the BAFTA winning V Graham Norton. He also wrote over twenty episodes of Genie in The House, the highest-rated children's sitcom on Nickelodeon and he was one of the main writers on the BAFTA winning Slammer for the BBC.

Bennett directed and presented the programme How To Steal an Identity in which he stole the identity of the Home Secretary. The programme was Pick of the Day in The Guardian and The Telegraph, described as “Fascinating and Disturbing” by the TV Times, and went on to be short-listed for a BAFTA.

He has written 2 books, "The Girl From The Discotheque" and "Heard the one about Identity Theft?"

Bennett is a past winner of both the TAPS Comedy Writer of the Year Award and the BBC New Writer's Award, and is a past finalist of the BBC New Comedy Awards. However his proudest moment was coming third in an International Disco Dancing Championship in Tenerife.

John Shaw
John Shaw

VP of Product Management for End User Security


View Speaker

John Shaw

John Shaw joined Sophos in 2003. As vice president of product management for end user security, John is responsible for all Sophos’s mobile, encryption, server and endpoint protection products.

Prior to Sophos, John was at Microsoft Corporation where he was product planning manager. He also led product marketing and business planning for two Cambridge, UK-based technology startups, Ionica and Entropic. John began his career at IBM, then spent five years as a management consultant with Arthur D. Little.

John has a degree in mathematics and computation from Oxford University and an MSc in advanced information technology from Imperial College London.

Nick Blundell
Nick Blundell

Head of Research & Development

AppCheck NG

View Speaker

Nick Blundell

Company: AppCheck NG Ltd.
Job Title: Head of Research & Development

Nick's main focus at AppCheck is innovation in the automated detection of vulnerabilities, particularly in increasingly complex and oft-targeted web applications, where contemporary scanning software often falls very short in comparison to the manual analysis of an experienced penetration tester; needless to say, the goal of Nick and his team's work is to lead in the narrowing of this gap in order to better meet the security concerns of organisations.

Nick has a background in Computer Science research and previously lectured in Operating Systems, Computer Networking, and Distributed Systems at the University of Birmingham School of Computer Science.

He enjoys teaching, coding and talking about vulnerabilities and ideas with anyone who has the time... so come for a chat.

See our blog for more information about our team's work:

Keep up to date with the Cyber Security event series

See what we're bringing to Cyber Security Manchester in April 2018

Register Today

Your Registration will grant you access to all co-located events, keynote speakers and seminar sessions.

Register FREE Today