Mark Jones, CISO, Allen & Overy
Mark is an award winning CISO and risk management and security professional operating at executive level for the last 15 years with experience of leading large teams on both a global and national basis. His work has often focused on strategically defining and delivering Cyber and Information Security change. Somewhat unusually for a CISO his career experience... encompasses running both profit and cost centres as well as creating and deploying fundamentally new digital technologies (in the supply side of the technology industry with Fujitsu and ICL). These days his primary interests are enabling innovation, growing talented people and walking with Labradors.
Valerie Jenkins, Chief Information Security Officer, Clyde & Co LLP
Valerie has been part of the information security profession for more than 25 years. While working in UK Government, Valerie represented the UK at Western European Union security working group and has held information security leadership positions in several global companies in the Automotive, Financial Services, and Pharmaceutical sectors. Valerie’s career has... taken her to live in Switzerland, South Africa, returning to the UK to join a global insurance broker and is now with Clyde & Co as their first global CISO. Valerie is passionate about balancing cyber protections with business strategy and bringing commercial understanding to cyber strategy and solutions
Ethan Duffell, Head of Information Security, Clifford Chance LLP
Ethan is a highly accomplished executive in the field of cyber security. He is a specialist in cyber security, cyber governance, enterprise risk, technology risk and business resilience. Ethan has a wealth of real-world hands-on leadership experience, with a track record of problem solving. He is currently serving as Head of Information Security at Clifford... Chance.
With over 15 years in Cyber Security, Ethan has worked in a variety of sectors and international organisations, contributing to security standards and regulations (NIS, ETSI, ENISA).
Recently, Ethan was involved in the formation of the UK Cyber Security Council of which he is a chartered candidate assessor. He is also Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Information Security and recently became one of the first Chartered Cyber Security professionals in the UK with specialisms in Governance & Risk and Audit and Assurance. He has an impressive collection of retro video games consoles and is a support human to two demanding Irish Wolfhounds.
Steve Davies, Head of Cyber Security, DLA Piper
As the Head of Cyber Security at DLA Piper, I lead a global team of security professionals who are responsible for protecting the firm's data, systems, and reputation from cyber threats. With over 10 years of experience in the information security field, I have successfully developed and executed cybersecurity strategies and initiatives that align with the firm's... business objectives and risk appetite.
My core competencies include security architecture, engineering, and operations, as well as crisis management, compliance, and vulnerability management. I have in-sourced Security Operations, established Security Engineering capabilities, and driven vulnerability management processes across the firm. I have also implemented SIEM solutions, intrusion detection systems, and technical guardrails for public cloud adoption, leveraging my expertise in Cloud Security and SABSA. My mission is to foster a culture of security excellence and resilience, and to enable the firm to deliver innovative and secure solutions to its clients.
Jonathan Root, Head of Information Security, Mishcon de Reya
John is Head of Information Security at Mishcon de Reya. He provides information security governance, risk management and business and technical security strategy for the Mishcon de Reya Group and clients. His focus is the material reduction in business risk whilst avoiding undue overheads. John worked in the field of Technology and Information Security for more than... two decades before joining Mishcon. Mostly within regulated organisations in the betting and gaming sector, covering both technical operations and software development. He brings with him experience of leading cross functional teams in the management and remediation of cyber risk for both internal users and regulated customers. His experience ranges from data centres and physical access controls to end user compute, cloud and secure software development lifecycles allows an integrated approach to risk management. He has successfully achieved ISO27001, CE+ and SOC 2 certifications repeatedly. With a long background in technology and a passionate interest in security John is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), accredited by ISACA and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), accredited by (ISC)2 . He has also had formal training to become a Certified in Risk and Information Systems (CRISC) practitioner
Francisco Sanches, Director of Cyber Consulting, Mishcon de Reya
Director of the Cyber Consulting team at MDR Cyber, the cyber practice at Mishcon de Reya. He has over 20 years' experience in advising clients on cybersecurity, data protection and resilience issues. His experience includes cybersecurity governance, risk management, cyber strategy, cloud security, technical security assessments and data privacy. He is a firm... believer in cybersecurity as a business enabler that aligns with business goals and supports growth. Francisco has experience across a wide range of sectors and organisations of all sizes and has been more recently focused on the Financial Services, Fintech, Professional Services and Media sectors. Through a variety of consulting and audit roles he has helped organisations assess and manage cyber risks. He started his career working for a software house in the space sector. Other previous roles include security consulting services at a global software integrator and working for two of the Big Four accounting firms.
Jas Bassi, Head of Solutions Delivery, Gateley Legal
Jas is an experienced Technology & Transformation leader with over 20 years of experience in delivering to a Professional and Financial Services audience. He is currently Head of Solution Delivery for Gateley, where he’s responsible for Innovation, Development, and change, including delivery of security projects and programmes. He has a keen interest in all... things Legal-Tech and has previously chaired the Birmingham Law Society Legal Tech Committee, also offering his time as a school Governor as Chair of Strategy and Standards.
Allan Bell, Group Information Security Officer, Ampa
With more than 20 years IT and Security experience, Allan currently holds the role of Group Information Security Officer at Ampa, the UK’s leading group of legal and professional services companies. A certified information systems security professional and certified information security manager, Allan has specialist knowledge in information security governance,... risk management and, building information security capabilities at a group and global scale. Previous to working within the legal sector, Allan spent over 10 years in the construction industry with global building material company CRH where he was governance, risk and best practice manager. Prior to this, he worked for CRH's UK entity, Tarmac as the company’s information security officer.
Marco Cinnirella, Professor of Applied Social Psychology, Royal Holloway
Marco Cinnirella is a Professor of Applied Social Psychology at Royal Holloway, one of the UK’s leading Psychology Departments. He has published widely in peer-reviewed scientific journals on a diverse range of topics such as attitudes, behaviour change, group dynamics and cyber psychology, and uses a diverse range of qualitative and quantitative techniques in his... research. Marco’s expertise in behaviour change has led him to advise a range of organisations on behavioural information security challenges, including large multi-nationals in the energy, oil and pharmaceutical sectors. His expertise in behavioural information security challenges has led to invited addresses at the United Nations and he has delivered keynote addresses on information security and psychology at various academic and industry conferences.
Manit Sahib, Ethical Hacker, The Global Fund
Manit is an experienced offensive security expert who is certified by UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) as well as His Majesty’s CESG Check scheme (HMG CHECK). He has over ten years professional experience in both UK Government and private offensive security operations. Formerly, Manit was the Head of Penetration Testing & Red Teaming... at the Bank of England. He is contracted to Global Fund.
Dhruv Bisani, Head of Adversarial Attack Simulations, Starling Bank
Dhruv is a leading cybersecurity professional with a key interest in leading & delivering Adversarial Attack (Red/Purple Team) simulations. He is currently the Head of Adversarial Attack Simulations at Starling Bank and formerly established and served as the Head of the Red Team at Resillion. Dhruv’s core focus has been on developing the red team (attack simulation)... capability at Resillion, while focusing on testing less common environments such as MacOS environments and zero-trust red team engagements. He has successfully delivered advanced attack simulations across a range of sectors including finance, healthcare, legal, and retail. Dhruv possesses extensive experience in executing projects under the UK CBEST/TBEST schemes. Dhruv’s role encompasses a wide array of responsibilities such as recruitment, training, overseeing sales/finances, as well as enhancing technical methodologies and processes. As part of his role, Dhruv has collaborated closely with C-suite executives and CISOs, providing strategic cybersecurity insights to help secure the organisation.
Tim Collinson, Head of Information Security, Walkers
Tim is a security leader with a passion for pragmatic, effective solutions that actually work for the people and businesses who use them. Currently at Walkers, one of the leading offshore firms, he previously headed up information security for British Land and Bird & Bird and additionally has experience working in broking, insurance, channel distribution and the... public sector.
Jonathan Freedman, Head of Technology & Security, Howard Kennedy
Jonathan Freedman is the Head of Technology & Security of London law firm Howard Kennedy, with a background in Enterprise Architecture and systems engineering within the UK professional services sector spanning more than 18 years. His current focus is now on leading in technology architecture and cyber cybersecurity.
... /> Working closely with teams from across the firm, his role includes reviewing, developing and implementing the firm's technology architecture, ensuring all the firm's systems are compliant, compatible and support the firm's vision and business plan. He also leads the firm’s cybersecurity/cyber awareness programs ensuring its policies, procedures and technology are aligned to client requirements and business needs. He holds multiple industry certifications including CISSP, CISM, CGEIT, CEH, TOGAF, and ISO27001.
Matt Finn, Information Security Director, DLA Piper
Over 20 years’ experience in senior level IT leadership and Information Security at a leading international law firm. Experienced at building high-performing security teams, with a strong reputation for developing and delivering transformation and cyber protection strategy.
Ross Anderson, In-House Lawyer, Clyde & Co LLP
Ross is a magic circle trained lawyer and Certified Information Privacy Professional (Europe) whose international career has seen him work in Monaco and Prague. Supporting Clyde & Co’s in-house function, Ross has significant experience in negotiating the challenges posed by commercial agreements, data protection and the increasingly technological nature of legal... service delivery.
Regina Bluman, Cyber Security Advisor, Pinsent Masons.
Regina Bluman is a Cyber Security Advisor at Pinsent Masons. Her focus is supporting organisations in maturing their cyber security posture and addressing their security risks in a pragmatic way. Previously, Regina has held roles in Deloitte, Algolia, and Kaspersky, and has had experience working across a broad range of sectors.
Regina has been named one of... CSO Magazine’s CSO30 for the last two years and was also named one of the ‘Most Inspiring Women in Cyber’ by IT Security Guru. She is an active member of (ISC)² and the Chartered Institute of Information.
Petri Kuivala, Strategic Advisor, Hoxhunt
Petri Kuivala is an experienced CISO who led the establishment of the function at Nokia Corporation in 2008, where he later became CSO until 2012. He then established and oversaw the CISO function at NXP Semiconductors until 2021. Petri has considerable experience in Mergers and Acquisitions, having worked with companies including Microsoft, Qualcomm, and Siemens.... He has also dealt with various security challenges, such as defending against Nation State attackers, corporate espionage, and OT-security catastrophes. Petri has managed large-scale programs to secure company assets, including Crown Jewels, OT-Security, Supply Chain Security, and Cybersecurity more broadly. He currently coaches several start-up companies and was also a founding member of the Helsinki Police Department IT-Crime unit.
Trish Almgren, Senior Product Marketing Manager & Field Evangelist, Infoblox
Trish has had a diverse career in technology, spanning the globe, including assignments in North America and now Europe. She brings a strong networking background to Infoblox with more than six years in telecommunications. She has launched award-winning networking products, produced countless whitepapers and eBooks, and delivered keynotes in key international markets.
Tim Wadhwa-Brown, Senior Consulting Engineering Technical Leader, Cisco
Tim joined Cisco as part of their acquisition of Portcullis for whom he worked for almost 12 years, primarily focussed on UK CNI. Since joining Cisco, Tim has contributed to a number of Cisco’s services programmes relating to risk and compliance, secure development and threat-informed defence. This year, Tim has been focussed on developing Cisco's strategic approach... to implementing regulatory changes stemming from the introduction of the NIS2 Directive, DORA and the Telecom Security Act. Outside of the customer driven realm of information assurance, Tim is also a prolific offensive researcher with papers on UNIX, Windows and web application security to his name. Tim is credited with publishing almost 150 vulnerability advisories and is a regular contributor to MITRE ATT&CK, acting as an SME for Linux techniques. Tim particularly likes to bug hunt enterprise UNIX solutions.
Seamus Lennon, Solutions Engineer, ThreatLocker
Seamus is a Solutions Engineer at ThreatLocker. With over 20 years of experience working within the IT sector, Seamus has a vast knowledge of wealth which allows him to help businesses implement solutions to protect and secure their environments. Prior to ThreatLocker, Seamus has had a number of roles including IT Technical Manager for an MSP providing the latest... solutions to SME's
Richard Meeus, Director of Security Technology and Strategy - EMEA, Akamai
Richard Meeus is Akamai’s EMEA Director of Security Technology and Strategy. With more than 20 years of experience, Richard is responsible for designing and building secure solutions for some of the world’s most influential organisations.
Richard is an industry expert in cloud computing, enterprise software, and network security. During his time at Akamai,... Mirapoint, and Prolexic, Richard has had held strategic roles across a broad range of projects, including the deployment of DDoS solutions for multinational organizations to protect critical infrastructure and sensitive data. Additionally, Richard is a chartered member of the BCS and a CISSP.
Simon Cuthbert, Former Advisor to the UK Government on Cybersecurity, on behalf of Seppmail
Simon boasts three decades of experience in the Cyber Security industry, demonstrating an extensive and in-depth understanding of the Data & Cyber Security landscape. His expertise has positioned him as a sought-after speaker at security events throughout the UK and Europe. Additionally, he actively contributes as an expert on LBC Radio and BBC News. Simon's career... includes collaborations with leading Security Companies such as Varonis, CA, and Content Technologies. While he has engaged with prominent players in the industry, his true passion lies in collaborating with emerging market entrants whose solutions align more closely with the genuine needs of End Users. Simon has further contributed his knowledge and insights as a Guest Lecturer in the education sector and as both a Former Advisor to the UK Government on Cyber Security and as an Independent Advisor to Eurojust, Europol, and the European Union.
Steve Wills, Senior Systems Engineer, Abnormal Security
Steven is an experienced systems engineer, with over 10 years experience within the email security industry. He has experience of working with large, international organisations, supporting their requirements within the cloud email environment.
Jason Price, Solutions Engineer, Red Helix
Jason Price manages the onboarding and running of Red Helix’s Security Awareness Training and Testing managed service. He tailors the service to meet the objectives of individual clients and ensures they meet their security awareness targets.
Jorge Montiel, Sales Engineers EMEA, Red Sift
Jorge is the Head of Sales Engineering for Red Sift in EMEA, with a focus on matching business requirements with technical ones in order to solve critical business initiatives for our enterprise customers. Prior to joining Red Sift, Jorge worked in the ID verification industry with leading AI solutions to address use cases such as matching live faces with photos on... government-issued documents, and has been working with leading cybersecurity solutions since 2006.
Lee Dzendrowski, Solutions Director, Fortem IT
Lee is dedicated to transforming the legal sector through strategic and cutting-edge IT solutions. With a career spanning over two decades, Lee is committed to serving as a trusted technical advisor, adept at navigating the complexities of transformative technology, regulation, and governance. In the role of Solutions Director, Lee is as a sought-after figure,... recognised for being a trusted technical advisor within the legal sector. Lee's approach goes beyond mere technology integration, encompassing a comprehensive understanding of legal intricacies, staying informed about evolving regulations, and ensuring that implemented solutions seamlessly align with business goals and compliance requirements. Lee takes pride in leading initiatives that introduce innovative solutions to drive legal clients forward. Whether leveraging artificial intelligence, cloud technology, cybersecurity, or data analytics, the goal is to streamline technologies, enhance collaboration and agile working, ultimately equipping legal clients to thrive in an ever-changing landscape.
Edward Patmore, IT Manager, SE Solicitors
Ed Patmore is a seasoned IT professional with over 20 years of extensive experience in legal systems and driving IT strategy for SE Solicitors. As the IT Manager, Ed plays a pivotal role in ensuring the seamless operation and optimisation of the firm's technological infrastructure. Ed has been at the forefront of technological advancements within SE-Solicitors,... his expertise lies in aligning IT initiatives with the strategic goals of the firm, thereby enhancing operational efficiency and client service. Ed is known for his innovative approach to technology, consistently introducing new solutions to streamline processes and elevate the overall performance of the firm.