NATIONAL INFORMATION SECURITY CONFERENCE (NISC)

In 2019 the National Information Security Conference (NISC) celebrated its 20th anniversary. Please see the speakers who joined us below.

The success and longevity of NISC can be attributed to the exceptional speakers the conference attracts, from a range of different backgrounds, each willing to share their experiences and knowledge through peer to peer networking and collaboration. We work hard to ensure the NISC programme contains relevant information that will appeal to its delegates and make best use of their time ‘out of office’.

If you are interested in presenting at NISC 2020, please email speakers@sapphire.net.

SPEAKERS - 2019

Kevin Fielder, CISO, Just Eat

Kevin Fielder is Chief Information Security Officer at Just Eat with overall responsibility for global security and resilience across the dynamic FTSE100 company.  He has created and delivered a highly successful security strategy which meets the demands of an agile worldwide business. With an extensive background spanning financial services and payments, Kevin excels in leading high performing teams and also effectively engaging boards around cyber risk and resilience. An experienced and dynamic information security professional, Kevin is also a board advisor to several organisations, an experienced speaker and is an active member of the cyber security community promoting awareness, diversity and innovation.


Gareth Bateman, Head of Security Incident Response, Hiscox

Gareth is a former British Army Bomb Disposal and Counter Terrorism Officer who served in Iraq and Afghanistan before leaving the military to join the corporate sector. Gareth now leads the team responsible for the Hiscox Security Incident Response (SIR) insurance product. SIR is an innovative offering that helps corporations tackle a wide range of crisis incidents including; information/data security breaches; corruption, fraud and extortion issues; personnel/insider threats and a range of security challenges. Prior to Hiscox, Gareth had crisis management roles at Deloitte and at Willis (now Willis Towers Watson). He has a wealth of experience in supporting corporations with the most complex crisis issues.


Mike Jones (sting3r), Ex-Anonymous and Security Researcher

As a former member of Anonymous Mike has refocused his efforts to advise both public and private sector on how to better secure not only their infrastructure but also their social behaviours against compromise. He has lead several Red Teams and has developed new ways to exploit organisations. His knowledge in the seedier side of the cyberspace has given him a unique viewpoint on today’s threats. Mike also volunteers time to law enforcement as well as national organisations to help today’s youth make better cyber decisions.


Lisa Forte, Social Engineering & Cyber Security Expert

Lisa Forte is an expert in the human side of cyber security and social engineering. In 2018 she won the “Top 100 Women In Tech” Awards recognising her achievements and contributions to the cyber security industry. Forte began her career in counter-terrorism intelligence for a UK Government agency before moving into one of the UK Police Cyber-Crime Units dealing with serious cybercrime cases both in the UK and abroad. Through these experiences she has gained a unique insight into darker side of human nature and has led to her becoming one of the leading experts on cybercrime cases involving social engineering and psychological manipulation.


Tim Collinson, Information Security Manager, Bird & Bird LLP

Tim Collinson heads up the Information Security function at Bird & Bird. Since joining in 2006 he has worked to build security into the business, roll out the security programme across 30 offices in 20 countries, and achieved global ISO27001 certification for the firm.


Denis Onuoha is Chief Information Security Officer at Arqiva, a major UK infrastructure company supporting 40% of the UK's Critical National Infrastructure spanning broadcast, telecommunications, finance, and utility sectors. He has overall responsibility for Information Risk Management and Cyber Security and is at the forefront of Arqiva’s defences against emerging cyber threats. Denis achieved MSc Information Security from Royal Holloway University and BSc Computer and Network Security from the University of Hertfordshire.  Having completed his undergraduate studies, he commenced work in the financial sector prior to moving to the broadcast industry. Denis is an ISO27001 lead auditor and implementer and holds both CISA and CISM certifications. A proactive information security professional, Denis sits on three of UK's Critical Infrastructure Government Information Exchanges, is the elected Chair of the AIB Cyber Security Working Group and a member of the CREST Senior Industry Advisory Panel.


Erhan Temurkan, Principal Cyber Security Consultant, Arqiva

Erhan Temurkan is a Principal Cyber Security Consultant at Arqiva, a major UK infrastructure company which supports 40% of the UK's Critical National Infrastructure spanning the broadcast, telecommunications, finance, energy and utility sectors; including the communications network for the world's most advanced Smart Metering Network. Erhan has the responsibility of designing solutions which are secure by design within Arqiva’s infrastructure, alongside risk management, business impact and control assessments. In order to do so, Erhan is an advocate for SABSA’s approach to security architecture.  Erhan’s experience spans both the Private and Public sector specialising in cyber incidents/investigations, malware analysis, and first response to major organisations. Erhan holds an MSc in Information Security from Royal Holloway, University London. Alongside his role, Erhan is also an Ambassador for the Cyber Security Challenge UK, a series of national competitions, learning programmes, and networking initiatives designed to identify, inspire and enable more people to become cyber security professionals.


Maggie Philbin, OBE, Founder & CEO of Teen Tech

Maggie Philbin OBE is a much-loved television and radio presenter, with a host of credits to her name including the likes of Multicolour Swap Shop and Tomorrow’s World. She is co-founder and CEO of TeenTech which helps encourage young people into STEM careers, and is President of the Institute of Engineering Designers. Awarded an OBE in 2017 for her services to science, technology and creative industries, Maggie has also been named the Most Influential Woman in UKIT by Computer Weekly Magazine in 2016 and TeenTech named her 2016 Digital Leader. During this presentation Maggie will take a look at how a fast growing industry can improve diversity and find much needed talent.


Nick Truman, Chief Security Officer, JATO

Nick Truman is Chief Security Officer at JATO Dynamics ltd, JATO is a global supplier of automotive business intelligence with its HQ just outside London in Uxbridge.  Nick is a major petrol head who has spent the last 20 years managing all aspects of information security. Nick has worked in many industries, telecommunications, construction, retail, automotive and government. In BT Nick was responsible for managing the online activities of over 20 million BT customers; ensuring BT’s customers used BT’s services safely and securely and ensuring that internet misuse was managed effectively. From there he moved to the Middle East, where working for the Government of Bahrain he created the country’s ICT strategy and made sure the telcos and ISPs implemented industry best practices to look after their consumers and their data. In his previous role at Photobox and Moonpig, Nick put together all the policies, processes and structure required to look after the personal data of millions of customers’ data following a massive security breach. For a hobby Nick makes wine and loves to cook he also drives a loud red 1977 Ferrari Dino.


Kathryn Cardose, Cyber Security Manager, Ernst & Young

An experienced Security Manager with a history of working in the financial services industry. Kathryn is a STEM ambassador keen to make a positive difference to others via coaching and mentoring. 


Greg van der Gaast, Head of Information Security, University of Salford

With over 20+ years in information security Greg firmly believes that security spend is not security value. Despite being cited as one of the most influential computer hackers of the late 1990's, Greg believes that technology cannot be effective without critical holistic thinking, and a solid foundation of human involvement.


Graham Cluley, Computer Security Expert, NISC Chairman

Graham Cluley is an award-winning security blogger, researcher, podcaster, and public speaker. He has been a well-known figure in the computer security industry since the early 1990s when he worked as a programmer, writing the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Since then he has been employed in senior roles by companies such as Sophos and McAfee. Graham Cluley has given talks about computer security for some of the world's largest companies, worked with law enforcement agencies on investigations into hacking groups, and regularly appears on TV and radio explaining computer security threats. Graham was inducted into the InfoSecurity Europe Hall of Fame in 2011.


Ian Porteous, Regional Director of Security, Check Point

Ian Porteous is the Regional Director for Security Engineering at Check Point Software Technologies. He leads the Northern Europe team of over 40 security engineers supporting customers and partners of all sizes. He is a recognised industry speaker, delivering talks at many industry events including RSA, Infosec and of course NISC. With 20 years’ experience in the field, Ian has been with Check Point for the past 12 years, through their transition from a Firewall vendor to a world-leading provider of cyber security solutions covering Enterprise Networks, Data Centre, Cloud, Mobile and Endpoint Security.

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