NISC Speakers

The National Information Security Conference (NISC) comprises of a keynote theatre, featuring presentations from the industry’s leading security experts offering insight, solutions and sharing their experiences. We are in the process of building an agenda for NISC 2018, please see some of the speakers from the 2017 conference below.


Steven Wilson, Head of European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), EUROPOL

Steven originates from Ayrshire in Scotland and was a Police Officer in Scotland from 1985-2015. He performed a variety of senior Detective roles and worked in covert policing, major investigations, sex offender management, CT investigations, witness protection, cybercrime and cyber enabled crime including online child sexual exploitation. He commenced as Head of EC3 in January 2016 and is responsible for the central collation of criminal intelligence on cybercrime across the EU, supporting member state investigations into Online Child Sexual Exploitation, Cyber enabled attacks on payment systems and Cyberattacks that impact on critical infrastructure and information systems. He is also responsible for the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (JCAT) a team of specialist cyber investigators seconded to EC3 from multiple countries, providing digital and document forensic support in complex cases across EU, strategic analysis of threats and trends, and liaison with industry, academia and non- law enforcement partners.

Crawford Thomas, Information Security Consultant, Clydesdale Banking Group

Crawford has spent the last 2 years working within a large corporate finance environment building and developing a sector leading threat intelligence capability. Crawford is a proven intelligence operator from the Strategic to Tactical levels with expertise in both corporate and governmental environments. Crawford has over 20 years experience working as an Intelligence Officer in the British Army, experienced in intelligence planning and project management at the very top of the UK Defence tree, mitigating any threat to business continuity and managing the risk to resilience.

Simon Kellow, CISO, OFGEM

In a career spanning over 20 years, Simon has made the most of his passion for securing organisations information. He has worked in both the private and public sectors, for resellers and systems integrators, and on the other side of the desk as a manager and customer. In recent times Simon has had numerous articles put to print in publications such as The British Computer Society magazine ISNow, The Times, and SC Magazine, as well as online blogs. Most recently he was invited to be a guest speaker at the Data Centre World. Simon is a blend of policy maker, auditor, consultant, techie and evangelist and isjust as comfortable presenting a solution to the C-Level execs as he is talking to the techies in the comms room, or indeed being the techie in the comms room.

Steve Wright, Group Data Privacy & InfoSec Officer, John Lewis Partnership

Steve joined The John Lewis Partnership in April 2016 and is responsible for Information Security and Data Privacy. Steve is passionate about big data and all things digital. With more than 20 years’ experience, designing, developing, managing and delivering transformational data, governance, privacy and security programmes, Steve’s vast experience as a pragmatic and charismatic leader, ideally places him as a ‘trusted advisor’ at board level on all privacy and security related matters. Steve strongly believes that governance, cyber security and privacy are all inextricably linked as they share common objectives and principles, and therefore, require satisfactory safeguards and assurances.

Major Chris Hunter QGM

Chris Hunter had ‘the world’s most dangerous job, in the world’s most dangerous place’. As the British Army’s most experienced counter-terrorist bomb disposal specialist in Iraq, he took his life in his hands on a daily basis. He was so effective at defusing the crude, unstable but deadly devices, that terrorists on both sides of the conflict, Sunnis and Shi’as, put a price on his head. Quite apart from the danger of defusing the bombs, just getting to them was a risk, as Chris was a sitting target for snipers. Chris joined the British Army at sixteen. He was commissioned from Sandhurst and later served with a number of specialist counter terrorism units. During his career he deployed to a number of operational theatres, including The Balkans, Northern Ireland, Colombia, Afghanistan and Iraq. For his actions during his Iraq tour, he was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal. Chris rounded off his military career as a senior intelligence analyst at the Ministry of Defence. At the time of the London suicide bombings, he was seconded to COBRA, the Cabinet Office’s emergency response committee. Since retiring from the army, Chris has worked as a counter-terrorism consultant, writer and broadcaster. His memoir, Eight Lives Down, tells the harrowing story of his experiences in Iraq. He is a regular contributor to television and radio news and current affairs programmes.

Dr Jessica Barker, World-leading expert on cyber security human factors

Dr Jessica Barker is a leader in the human nature of cyber security. Cofounder of a cyber security consultancy, Redacted Firm, she is engaged by organisations of all sizes, from multi-national firms to SMEs. Jessica’s consultancy experience, technical knowledge and sociology background equip her with unique insight, and she has a talent for translating technical messages to a non-technical audience. Her clients include: multi-national banks and financial institutions, international defence corporations and governments as well as retail,
health and commercial entities. Her work surrounds the psychology and sociology of cyber security, particularly regarding cyber security threats, social engineering, how to effectively communicate cyber security messages, the psychology of fear and cyber security, and the language of cyber security. Her specialisms span cyber security awareness, behaviour and culture. Jessica’s many appearances discussing cyber security on national
and international TV and Radio have cemented her place as the media’s go-to expert on subjects that require graceful, clear and engaging communication of technical subjects. She frequently appears on the BBC, Sky News, Channel 4 News, Channel 5 News, Radio 4’s Today programme, Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show and more. She has been published in the Sunday Times and the Guardian, and frequently in industry press. She also runs the website, dedicated to cyber security news, information and guidance. Jessica is passionate about encouraging young people to become more engaged with cyber security, working with TeenTech and the UK’s Cyber Security Challenge.

DI Eamonn Keane, Detective Inspector, Cyber Unit, CBS Crime Division, Police Scotland

David Sidwell, NISC Chairman

Having chaired last years conference, we are delighted to welcome David back as NISC Chairman 2017! David is an IT software veteran, having written his first program in 1979. Following roles in Burroughs, McDonnell Douglas and Insignia, he co-founded the information security company Vistorm which was sold to HP in 2008. He also co-founded Appsense, the user virtualisation company, which was sold to LanDesk in May this year. He is now serves as Non-Executive Director and Board Advisor for many companies, including the fast growing end point security software provider Avecto.

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