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Robert Hannigan
Robert Hannigan

Former Director  Former Director - GCHQ (the world’s leading cyber security agency)

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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.

Bennett Arron
Bennett Arron

Comedian & Identity Theft Speaker Comedian & Identity Theft Speaker

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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.

David Cook
David Cook

Solicitor Advocate Eversheds Sutherland

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David Cook

David is a Solicitor Advocate specialising in cyber security and data protection compliance and litigation. 

His experience spans advising FTSE 100 companies on their cyber security posture and data protection programmes, through to advising on investigation and response following some of the most significant and high profile (and highly confidential) hacks of UK corporate bodies. 

David has also successfully defended alleged hackers from Anonymous, TeamPoison and LulzSec.  He has advised police officers on the law behind and pitfalls involved in cyber crime prosecutions from the North West, South Wales, Yorkshire and Humber police teams, as well as a course at the Royal College of Policing. 

He frequently works with academia and government in driving forward the evolution of cyber security controls frameworks. 

He is sought out for comment by newsprint and television media and is a noted public speaker in this area.  Attendees frequently comment that David’s talks are lively, engaging and always enjoyable.

Dave Palmer
Dave Palmer

Director of Technology Darktrace

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Dave Palmer
Rik Ferguson
Rik Ferguson

Global VP Security Research Trend Micro

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Rik Ferguson

Rik Ferguson, Vice President Security Research at Trend Micro, is one of the leading experts in information security. He is also a Special Advisor to Europol EC3, and a project leader with the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance (ICSPA). In April 2011 Rik was inducted into the Infosecurity Hall of Fame

Holly Grace Williams
Holly Grace Williams

Penetration Testing and Managed Scanning, Team Leader Sec-1

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Holly Grace Williams

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

Jason Hart
Jason Hart

CTO & VP, Data Protection Gemalto

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Jason Hart

As a former ethical hacker with 20 years’ experience in the information security industry, Jason has used his knowledge and expertise to create technologies that ensure organizations stay one step ahead of the risks presented by ongoing advances cyber threats and risks.  Jason continues to raise the profile of information security risks and solutions, and was instrumental in the creation of the world’s leading cloud-based authentication platform. In addition Jason has devoted his time to reducing and researching the risk of password theft and password hacking and is globally known for exposing a large number of major password vulnerabilities.

Mark Bayne
Mark Bayne

Director, Sales Engineering, EMEA Cato Networks

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Mark Bayne

Mark Bayne is an IT Security Professional, with 19 years’ industry experience. Having started as a Security Administrator in a small IT consultancy, Marklearned the trade in a small dynamic environment where IT security requirements were only beginning to be understood. Continuing his specialisation, Markspent most of the following 6 years working in the Security Pre-Sales team at Nokia, progressing to running the Greater China region, focusing on security appliances running CheckPoint and VPN technologies. As network security appliances began to dominate and saturate the market, Mark joined Imperva to focus on the new Application and Data Security space, pioneered by Shlomo Kramer.

After 9 years, where Imperva developed from small start-up to a leading public Security vendor, Mark joined Cato Networks in 2016. An extremely exciting move to a company that is redefining and disrupting the approach to Networking and Security. At Cato Networks, Mark runs the EMEA Sales Engineering team to bring value to companies with a solution providing a software-defined and cloud-based secure enterprise network, reducing MPLS costs, eliminating branch appliances, and providing secure internet access everywhere.

Nick Blundell
Nick Blundell

Head of Research & Development AppCheck NG

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Nick Blundell
Ian Evans
Ian Evans

Managing Director EMEA OneTrust

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Ian Evans
Rogelio Aguilar
Rogelio Aguilar

Data Protection Senior Consultant Sungard Availability Services

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Rogelio Aguilar
Andy Harris
Andy Harris

CTO Osirium

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Andy Harris

Andy has over 25 years’ experience inventing and building unique IT networking and security products.

In a long and distinguished career including being Technical Director at Integralis Andy has invented many leading-edge technologies including IP Network Translation Gateway, Print Symbiont Technologies for LAN-based printers and Disaster Master, a technique of continuously updating a backup site with mirrored data.

As one of the Co-Founders and CTO of MIMEsweeper, Andy was the creator of the world’s first content security solution which became the default product in its space.

Andy went on to start WebBrick Systems which was one of the pioneering Home Automation technologies, also a forerunner to what we know as IoT devices today.

While serving as Engineering Director, Andy created and patented several core components in the Osirium product family.

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