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.


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

VP of Sales for EMEA, Cymulate

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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.


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.


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 , Sacarma

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.


Anonymous Scandinavia

AnonScan, Anonymous Scandinavia ,

Anonymous is a decentralized international hacktivist group/collective that is widely known for its various cyber attacks against several governments, government institutions, government agencies and corporations.

Dozens of people have been arrested for involvement in Anonymous cyberattacks in countries including the U.S., U.K., Australia, the Netherlands, Spain, India, and Turkey. Supporters have called the collective/group "freedom fighters" and digital Robin Hoods, while critics have described them as "a cyber lynch-mob" or "cyber terrorists".

In 2012, Time called Anonymous one of the "100 most influential people" in the world:,28804,2111975_2111976_2112122,00.html

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.

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