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.


Stu Hirst

Head Of Security Engineering, Photobox

Stu is currently the Head Of Security Engineering at Photobox Group (which includes Moonpig, PosterXXL and Hofmann).

He was instrumental in building Skyscanner’s Security team from 2015-2017, having led them to the final of SC Magazine’s Security Team Of The Year 2017.

He has previously worked in security at The Trainline and was part of the Cyber Leadership Team at Capital One UK.

He has twice been nominated as a finalist for Cyber Evangelist Of The Year at the Scottish Cyber Awards and runs one of Scotland’s leading Tech Meet Ups; Security Scotland.

Stu has appeared at numerous leading Security events such as InfoSec Europe, Cloud Expo Europe and Future Of Cyber Security.


Twitter: @StuHirstinfosec


John Dyer

Account Director, Darktrace

John Dyer has over 25 years’ experience in the technology industry, having worked in senior commercial roles at both private and publicly-traded companies, including Cambridge Neurodynamics and Autonomy. As Account Director at Darktrace, John advises clients on the use of machine learning technologies to identify new, emerging cyber-threats within computer networks, specialising on financial services, the legal sector, the retail sector and government/defence.


Jonny Tennyson

Customer Success Manager, ZoneFox

As Customer Success Manager at ZoneFox, Jonny brings a customer-first attitude to a rapidly growing and exciting, channel-focused organisation.Having spent his career entirely within the technology sector in customer-focused roles, Jonny brings a passion for technology and helping customers to succeed to ZoneFox, helping ZoneFox’s varied client base make the best of their unique, endpoint-focused UEBA technology.

During his career, Jonny has been at the forefront as an ambassador for many blue-chip brands, helping Intel’s Tier-1 customers see success with their solutions, helping SolarWinds MSP’s largest MSP partners drive additional revenue and drive down their cost of service through successful solution deployment and revenue strategies, as well as being the face of brands such as Samsung, Sony and HP to customers within the UK.



Sandip Patel QC

Chairman of Cybercrime Practitioners Association,

Sandip Patel QC is a Barrister with an impressive domestic and international practice in civil and criminal litigation with particular emphasis on international regulatory cases. Sandip has been at the forefront of prosecutions involving ‘cybercrime’. Sandip regularly represents individuals, businesses and Governments in complex disputes that have an overlap between criminal and civil law especially in the arena of fraud and tax evasion. Sandip has advised in matters in the Middle East, India, Europe and the Caribbean.

In the “Leading silks” list, The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2016’s guide to outstanding silks nationwide said this about Sandip, “He has a pleasing and reassuring courtroom manner”, “a very good all-round advocate, who is quick on his feet in court” Legal 500 2017.

International Arbitration

Sandip advises and represents public and private entities on contentious and non-contentious international commercial disputes 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, in particular, India.


Sandip has been at the forefront of cases involving ‘cybercrime and cyber security’. Sandip has been involved in the most high-profile cybercrime cases involving fraud, deception, money laundering and organised crime. Sandip has acted in famous cases such as the “Facebook Hacker”, ‘Anonymous’ prosecutions for computer hacking involving PayPal and Visa and for computer hacking into UK and US Government websites for agencies such as the CIA and FBI in the US and National Crime Agency, National Health Service and Ministry of Defence in the UK. In addition, Sandip has been involved in cases of serious and organised fraud and money laundering on the ‘Dark Web’.

Sandip has intricate knowledge of cases involving cybercrime especially from the issue of admissibility of evidence. Sandip is a contributor to the leading text book namely: Electronic Evidence, 3rd Edition, Stephen Mason. In addition, Sandip lectures regularly on cybercrime and has trained law enforcement officials both in the UK and abroad including advising the Police in the Republic of Grenada on the formation of a cybercrime unit with focus on policies and procedures.

Sandip is the Chairman of Cybercrime Practitioners Association.

Data Breach & Protection

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is scheduled to come into force on 25 May 2018, and replaces the UK’s Data Protection Act 1998. The GDPR imposes more stringent levels of accountability and will apply to all organisations worldwide that process the personal data of EU citizens.

Sandip provides expert advice and training to organisations in order that they fully understand the implications of the GDPR; how they may be affected and how to prepare. He also assists in the auditing of current processes and policies, and provides guidance how to improve data protection compliance in time for GDPR implementation.

Sandip is routinely asked to speak at conferences, and recently gave presentations on the GDPR to industry leaders and lawyers in England, Scotland and Israel.

Sandip heads the Data Protection team at Scarmans.


Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)
Bar Association for Commerce, Finance & Industry Caribbean Lawyer Network
International Criminal Lawyers Association Cyber Defence Forum
Anti-Corruption Professionals Network
PwC Fraud Group
Chairman of Cybercrime Practitioners Association.

Keynote speaker

Chris Roberts

Hacker and Researcher Geek in Residence, Hillbilly Hit Squad, ,

Chris has founded or worked with a number of companies specializing in DarkNet research, intelligence gathering, cryptography, deception technologies, and providers of security services and threat intelligence.
Since the late 90’s Chris has been deeply involved with security R&D, consulting, and advisory services in his quest to protect and defend businesses and individuals against cyber attack. Prior to that he jumped out of planes for a living, visiting all sorts of interesting countries and cultures while doing his best to avoid getting shot at too often. (Before that he managed to get various computers confiscated by a number of European entities.)
Roberts is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on counter threat intelligence and vulnerability research within the Information Security industry.
Roberts has led or been involved in information security assessments and engagements for the better part of 20 years, and has a wealth of experience with regulations such as GLBA, HIPAA, HITECH, FISMA, and NERC/FERC.  He has also worked with government, state and federal authorities on standards such as CMS, ISO, and NIST.
Roberts is credentialed in many of the top IT and information security disciplines and as a CyberSecurity advocate and passionate industry voice, Roberts is regularly featured in national newspapers, television news, industry publications and several documentaries. He can typically be found waving arms on a stage somewhere on this planet…or hacking into whatever’s taken his fancy…
As one of the well-known hackers and researchers, Chris is routinely invited to speak at industry conferences. CNN, The Washington Post, WIRED, Business Insider, USA Today, Forbes, Newsweek, BBC News, Wall Street Journal, and numerous others have covered him in the media.
And worst case, to jog the memory, Chris was the researcher who gained global attention in 2015 for demonstrating the linkage between various aviation systems, both on the ground and while in the air that allowed the exploitation of attacks against flight control system

Keynote speaker

Anita Lines

Global Data Protection Officer , Insurance Sector

“Anita Lines is currently global Data Protection Officer for three companies operating within the insurance sector.  Anita has specialised in data protection compliance for 10 years with extensive experience sourced from leading complex data protection change programmes across government, commercial and third sectors organisations including parts of the Critical National Infrastructure.  Before moving into the private commercial sector, Anita held the Data Protection Officer role for the National Citizens Advice Service, leading 350+ separate organisations across 3000 locations and with a workforce of 27,000, of which many were volunteers, on all matters relating to data protection.  During this time, Anita was regularly invited by the ICO to its regional and national conferences to share her team’s compliance toolkits for SMEs as an exemplar of best practice and to run data protection clinics for its delegates.  Anita holds the BCS Data Protection Practitioner Certificate and is also a Lead Auditor for ISO 27001 and holds many supplementary qualifications including the International Diploma in Business Analysis.”


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.


Nick Brownrigg

Presales Consultant, SecureData

Nick is a key figure within SecureData’s Pre-sales team, serving businesses based in Northern UK. He retains 17+ years of extensive exposure to network and security architectures across both Public Sector, operating across a wide-range of security classifications, as well as Private Sector organisations, presenting volatile network and security architecture complexities. Nick holds first-hand experience with the security challenges that keep customers up at night. His key focus areas are threat detection, security architecture and compliance.


Zeshan Sattar

Certification Evangelist, CompTIA

Zeshan’s current role as an Evangelist at CompTIA involves guiding a range of organisations on best practice for delivery and aligning global standards to ensure a cyber resilient workforce. He is a member of the NCSC Industry 100 programme as a Cybersecurity Educator for the CyberFirst initiative. In 2018, Zeshan spearheaded the creation of the Cyber Ready programme which is designed to upskill individuals with some IT experience into Cybersecurity Analysts.
As a subject matter expert, he is often called upon to input into training programmes and has worked and spoken at a range of events in Europe and America.
He has worked across a range of infrastructure roles including the service desk as the first line of defence to a systems administrator with responsibility to architect and monitor secure networks for digital-first organisations.
When he’s not working, Zeshan can be found on social media, learning online, or trying to teach his children Japanese.


Tim Ager

Sales Director, Osirium

Tim heads up the Sales team at leading UK Privileged Access Management solution provider Osirium. Osirium’s PxM Platform protects customer Privileged Accounts from the internal and external security breaches that pose critical threats to their business.  Prior to joining Osirium Tim held senior cybersecurity sales, marketing and business development roles with major organisations including Celestix Networks and  InTechnology.

Keynote speaker

Richard Parlour

Chairman , EU Task Force on Cybersecurity Policy for the Financial Sector

Richard Parlour is chairman of the EU Task Force on Cybersecurity Policy for the Financial Sector, and has been a member of the DCMS Cyber Experts Working Group and chairman of the FSB Home Affairs Committee. He is also on the Bank of England Financial Markets Law Committee Brexit Advisory Group. Richard is an experienced international financial markets lawyer. His firm, Financial Markets Law International ( has a particular specialism in deterrence of economic crime, cyber investigations and training.


Mahbubul Islam

Head Of Transformational Security, Government Digital Service

Mahbubul Islam is a Chartered Security Professional (CSyP). As a Director of The Security Institute he sponsors and leads the Cyber and Convergence Specialist Interest Group (CCSIG).

Mahbubul has been involved in Information Security for 10 years and has covered Physical, Technical and Policy domains, in that period he has led numerous agile and non-agile teams on Security engagements for HMG.

His passion and focus has been on building security teams that are able adapt to the dynamic changes within security, whilst delivering on Governance, Risk and Compliance outcomes.

Mahbubul is a member of the SABSA Institute and IISP. He is a keen supporter of mentoring programme within the security profession, including the development of the security professionals in the UK Civil Service.

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