Colonel (Retd) John Doody

Industry Expert, British Computer Society

John Doody is Director of Interlocutor Services Limited, a company established in 2003 to promote Information Assurance and Cyber Security issues both nationally and internationally, the company offers a range of services including Marketing, Communications, Public Speaking, Strategy Reviews, Information Assurance and Information Technology, these services are geared to the strategic level within government and industry. Prior to this John served at CESG/GCHQ for 10 years in the appointment of Head of Information Assurance Customer Services. He has a wealth of knowledge across the whole spectrum of Information Assurance and Cyber Security. In this latter appointment he was a major contributor to CESG’s move to a commercial business footing. He also has a major role as a Non Executive Director to a security company as well as providing Strategic Advice to a number of major UK and US IT Security companies. John is a retired officer of the UK Royal Corps of Signals, a Corps in which he served for 33 years to the rank of Colonel.  He is a qualified engineer and has held a number of strategic engineering appointments in the UK Ministry of Defence including system support to PTARMIGAN and WAVELL, the army’s tactical communication and CIS systems, Director in the Procurement Executive as Project Manager for Army Electronic Warfare, Battlefield Target Engagement System (BATES), Air Defence CIS system (ADCIS) and WAVELL. John  has worked in the R&D environment working on Electronic Warfare Simulation.  John has chaired many international committees dealing with Information Assurance, communications and interoperability. John is well known on the national and international Information Assurance and Cyber Conference circuit where he has chaired many events and has given many talks on Cyber Information Assurance. He has delivered over 100 papers on Security.  He is a past President and Vice-President of AFCEA UK WEST Chapter and served as a Member at large for AFCEA London in the early 90s. He is also a member of the BCS Community of Security Expertise.

John is well know in the Cyber and Information Assurance domain having had 59 years’ experience in defence, government and industry and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Cyber and Information Assurance debate.

He is a committed Cyber Security Evangelist

He was recently elevated to the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame.

Keynote speaker

Frank Abagnale JNR

Bestselling Author & Subject of Catch Me If You Can,

Frank Abagnale is one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement, and secure documents. For over 40 years he has worked with, advised, and consulted with hundreds of financial institutions, corporations and government agencies around the world. Mr. Abagnale’s rare blend of knowledge and expertise began more than 50 years ago when he was known as one of the world’s most famous con men. His riveting story provided the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s 2002 film, Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Abagnale and Tom Hanks as the FBI agent fast on his heels. The Tony-Award winning musical, Catch Me If You Can, directed by the legendary Jack O’Brien, opened on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre.

“I chose to immortalize him on film because of what he’s done for the country for more than 30 years.” -Steven Spielberg 

Mr. Abagnale has been associated with the FBI for over 40 years. He lectures extensively at the FBI Academy and for the field offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He is a faculty member at the National Advocacy Center (NAC) which is operated by the Department of Justice, Executive Office for United States Attorneys. More than 14,000 financial institutions, corporations and law enforcement agencies use his fraud prevention programs. In 1998, he was selected as a distinguished member of “Pinnacle 400” by CNN Financial News - a select group of 400 people chosen on the basis of great accomplishment and success in their fields.  In 2004 Mr. Abagnale was selected as the spokesperson for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA).  He has also written numerous articles and books including The Art of the Steal, The Real U Guide to Identity Theft and Stealing Your Life.


Mark Warren

Head of Product Marketing, Osirium

Mark has over 20 years’ Product Marketing and Product Management experience in the software industry. Previously with 1E, where he led marketing for their EndPoint Security offering, at Osirium he is responsible for the product marketing strategy for the company’s portfolio of Privileged Access Management (PAM) and Privileged IT Process Automation solutions. 


Bea Gully

Senior Cyber Security Manager, Darktrace

Based in Castlefield, Bea Gully joined Darktrace in summer 2015, to develop the Northern sales.  Bea’s experience is predominately in Networking and security, previously working alongside Pentesters to discuss how to best secure clients networks.  Bea specialises in working with organisations across England and Scotland, within banking, telecommunications, Retail and Ecommerce.  



Nick Baglin

General Manager, Netacea

Nick Baglin joined Netacea in January 2018, with a mission to grow and expand the company to be a leader in behavioural machine learning in the cyber security space. Drawing upon over 18 years’ experience in cyber security, Nick has held senior roles at HP Enterprise Security Services and CyberArk, where he was VP of Sales, EMEA and played a crucial role in the company’s growth from £250M to £2.2B.
Nick is passionate about enabling organizations to improve their cyber security defences and educating leaders about new approaches to solving the ever-evolving problem of cyber attacks.


Tim Ager

VP of Sales for EMEA, Cymulate

A 23-year professional in the fields of cybersecurity, Tim supports organizations in EMEA, helping them unlock the business benefits of innovative cybersecurity platforms. His passion for addressing the continuing threats facing businesses has enabled him to meet organizational challenges ranging from secure mobile working to zero trust computing and breach & attack simulation. Tim heads up Cymulate’s European operation where he consults with CISOs on how to take a proactive approach to their security strategy through continuous assessment and mitigation



Joseph Okonkwo

Gateway Security Consultant (MSc, CISM, CISSP, Aviva UK

Joseph is a technology enthusiast with a BS in Maths and MS in Data Telecommunications and Networks from the University of Salford in Manchester.

He currently works day time with different countries ensuring secure data communications and payment's processing across multiple channels, by providing industry-centric solutions that are flexible and effective to detect, mitigate and prevent cyber-attacks and payments frauds across various applications. He is also a lover of football and all things sports related.


Geoff White

Investigative Journalist Covering Technology, ,

Ever wondered how the latest developments in technology are affecting our world? Geoff White has. He dives deep into these issues as an accomplished keynote speaker and prolific writer, having spoken on panels and chaired debates at venues ranging from London's Chatham House think-tank to the Latitude music festival. His reports for Channel 4 News and BBC Radio 4 aim to create real-world change, with a particular focus on e-crime and cybersecurity: his words have brought about arrests, regulatory investigations and legislative action. Geoff also created the Data Baby project, a unique experiment which used a fictional online identity to expose how our personal data is being used - and abused - online. He recently completed a 10-part series delving into the shadow dark web economy that feeds on stolen personal data, hacked computers and corporate incompetence. He is also the co-creator of The Secret Life of Your Mobile Phone, a live, interactive phone hacking stage performance which shows how the global technology industry is harvesting the data leaking from your handset.


Sandip Patel QC

Barrister / Partner, Scarmans

Sandip Patel QC FCIArb specialist in corporate, banking and financial service law. He advises clients across a range of industries and geographies, providing proactive and commercial legal advice on a broad range of corporate transactions including restructuring and insolvency, public and private fundraisings, this includes providing ongoing operation, regulatory and compliance services to investment funds and the project management of VCT public transactions requiring compliance with the Listing Rules and Prospectus Rules. 
He appears in domestic and international commercial disputes concerning fraud, finance, goods and services, energy and natural resources and construction. He appears in international arbitrations conducted under the rules of various institutions (ICSID, ICC, HKIAC, LCIA) and ad hoc proceedings under the UNCITRAL Rules within civil law and common-law jurisdictions. He appeared recently in a reported international arbitration case on the enforcement in England of a New York Convention award ([2018] EWHC 2713 (Comm)).
As head of Scarmans’ Data Protection Team and Chief Adviser to OSP Cyber Academy, he advises organisations on data laws, privacy, protection, and cyber security. He is Chairperson of the Cybercrime Practitioners’ Association. 
In the “Leading silks” list, The Legal 500 United Kingdom guide to outstanding silks nationwide said this about him, “He has a pleasing and reassuring courtroom manner”, “a very good all-round advocate, who is quick on his feet in court”. Described as “a truly exceptional lawyer with a phenomenal eye for detail”.


Nick Coombs

Vice President of EMEA North & ROE, Sonatype

Nick has almost thirty years of technology experience with companies such as Hewlett-Packard, VERITAS, DELL and F5. He is passionate about helping companies mitigate the risk of using open source libraries in their applications.


Maxine Holt

Research Director, Ovum

Maxine rejoined Ovum in 2018, having spent over two years at the Information Security Forum (ISF) developing research in areas including Protecting the Crown Jewels and Securing Collaboration Platforms. Prior to the ISF, Maxine spent 15 years at Ovum covering topics including security, human capital management, and identity and access management. Maxine has a particular interest in how all the component parts of security combine to make up an organization’s security posture.

Starting her career as a software developer in the financial services industry, Maxine gradually progressed into a systems analyst role and then moved into consulting for the financial services and internet sectors. Maxine is a regular speaker at events and writes a monthly Computer Weekly article covering various aspects of information security.


Helen Williams

Cyber Protect Officer , North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (NWROCU)

Helen Williams has worked in the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit for the last 4 years.

As a Cyber Protect officer her role is to ensure that the region is a safe place to live and work online by highlighting the impact of cybercrime and simple steps you can take to protect yourself.  Being part of a national network linked into the National Cyber Security Centre, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau and Action Fraud, Helen is strategically placed to learn about the latest cyber threats and advice.

She talks regularly at business networking events and conferences around the region as well as giving support to victims. She has advice on everything from how to create a strong password to how to use public Wi-Fi safely, plus a wealth of stories about how businesses in the region are being affected by Cyber Crime.


Holly Grace Williams

Technical Director , Secarma

Holly Grace Williams is the Technical Director of Secarma. She holds a MSc in Information Security, from Cardiff University. Her early career was spent in various communications and security roles in the British Army. Although in her current position there is a much stronger focus on offensive security, specifically penetration testing and cybersecurity consultancy.


Hans-Peter Ponten

Product MAnager, Soliton Systems

Hans-Peter is product manager at Soliton, a leading IT security company in Japan and upcoming player in Europe. He has over 30 years of experience in the IT security market and advices many different companies on their security strategy (whether they’re banks, governments, the national police or the Catholic Church).
Hans-Peter has made it his life goal to give IT professionals back control: the most powerful tool to protect the company network. He believes it’s the only way for modern companies to face today’s security challenges such as bring your own device policies, remote work and, of course, the Cloud. If you ask Hans-Peter, control doesn’t necessarily go hand in hand with the newest updates and expensive tools. Control comes to those who use their head, keep calm and take measures that match their specific situation.

Seminar speaker

James Maude

Head of Threat Research, Netacea

James is the Head of Threat Research at Netacea. James’ research covers a range of cybersecurity issues, including in-depth analysis of cyber threats to identify attack vectors and trends in the evolving security landscape. James’ background in forensic computing and active involvement in security research make him an expert voice in the cybersecurity community. He regularly presents at international events and provides commentary in the media on threats and defense strategies.

Seminar speaker

Charl van der Walt

Chief Security Strategy Officer , SecureData - Part of Orange Cyberdefense.

Charl is the founder of SensePost – an international penetration testing company serving customers on 5 continents – where he still forms part of the management. Over almost 20 years at SensePost he acted in various roles including CEO for about 5 years. After merging SensePost with UK cybersecurity services provider SecureData, he took a diverse role with the group that includes leading its research unit, directing security strategy and also leading the ‘Security Intelligence Unit’, which amongst other things runs a significant Vulnerability Management, Managed SIEM and Threat Hunting (MDR) operation .



Dave Barnett

Head of CASB, EMEA , Forcepoint

Dave Barnett has worked in the CASB space for over two years; previously he was a director of strategy at another leading vendor where he co-authored PAS555 (the first nationally certified cyber security standard) and collaborated with academia on a number of important research papers. In Dave’s current role he leads the business strategy for Forcepoint’s cloud security portfolio and has input into technical direction.


Dale Tonge

Senior Sales Engineer , Sophos

Dale is a passionate multidisciplinary cyber security specialist and a key member of the Sophos Pre-Sales team, helping customers in both the Public and Private Sectors across the North of England. With many years’ experience designing, configuring and delivering in-depth security solutions, he strives to ensure that everyone understands the challenges we face with the ever-evolving threat landscape and that we are equipped to protect ourselves against the most advanced modern threats we face on a daily basis.


Grant Bailey

Sales Engineer , Tenable

Grant joined Tenable this year to help develop and grow their technical channel program. Prior to coming to Tenable Grant has worked with a number of different IT Vendors across EMEA primarily helping customers be able to embrace and accelerate the adoption of new technologies by understanding and managing the security and risk implications of doing so.


Mark Cassetta

Senior Vice President of strategy, Titus

As Senior Vice President of strategy, Mark oversees the corporate strategy, customer success as well as strategic alliances. He is passionate about customer advocacy as well as driving applied innovation throughout the business that translates to value for the data security market.

Since joining Titus in 2012, he has held positions in marketing, business development and corporate strategy. He has over a decade of experience across application development and enterprise software, managing projects within large-scale technology transformations.

Prior to joining Titus, Mark was a senior technology consultant at Accenture, managing change projects within large organisations. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Ottawa.

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