The National Information Security Conference (NISC) is the UK’s largest independent cyber security conference. Established in the year 2000 and now celebrating its 19th year, NISC continues to go from strength to strength. Designed for information security professionals, by information security professionals, NISC provides insight into the most up-to-date cyber security trends, risks and defence strategies.

The National Information Security Conference has exceptional speakers from a range of different backgrounds. We work hard to ensure its programme contains relevant information that will appeal to its delegates and make best use of their time ‘out of office’.


Chelsea Jarvie, Security and Information Risk Manager, Scottish Government.

Chelsea Jarvie is the Security and Information Risk Manager for Social Security at the Scottish Government. Holding a First Class Honours degree in Ethical Hacking from Abertay University, Dundee, she is integral to the development of the digital and technological solutions that are being established for the safe and secure transition of 11 benefits to Scotland. Chelsea ensures information risks are understood across the organisation, bridging the gap between IT and the business. As a trained STEM ambassador, Chelsea is passionate about promoting diversity in technology and was named as a "Woman of the Future" by Equate Scotland in their "Leading Women of Scotland" publication. She was also chosen as Code First Girls: One to Watch 2017 and was a finalist in the Scottish Cyber Awards 2016 for "Outstanding Woman in Cyber".

Ben Sweet, UKI CISO Vulnerability Manager, Aviva Plc

Ben Sweet joined Aviva in December 2017 as their UKI CISO Vulnerability Manager, responsible for all things vulnerability related within the UK markets.  Ben is a passionate technologist, with a drive to constantly challenge and answer the “Why’s” and the “So What’s” across the People, Process and Technologies that form an organisations Information/Cyber Security controls and capabilities.  Ben has 13 years’ experience in information security and has worked across a number of different sectors including Finance, Telecoms and Facilities Management.

Mike Hulett, Head of Operations National Cyber Crime Unit, National Crime Agency

Mike is Head of Operations for the National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) at the National Crime Agency. The NCCU leads the UK’s response to cyber crime, supports partners with specialist capabilities and coordinates the national response to the most serious of cyber crime threats. Working closely with the Regional Organised Crime Units (ROCUs), the MPCCU (Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit), partners within Industry, Government and International Law Enforcement, the NCCU has the capability to respond rapidly to changing threats. His previous roles included Senior Manager at the National Crime Agency and at the Serious Organised Crime Agency. He holds a Master in Applied Criminology and Police Management from the University of Cambridge.

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.

Christian Toon, CISO, Pinsent Masons

Christian has spent the last 14 years successfully disrupting traditional approaches to information protection and management for large international organisations. From a career in end user security, moved into Big 4 Consulting to build a practice around ‘CISO for Hire’ services that involved engagements with financial and insurance services clients. Leaving PwC after nearly 3 years, joined Pinsent Masons to lead their information protection strategy across a firm of over 3200 employees around the globe. His wardrobe made the transition from Accountant to Lawyer seamless. He doesn’t like mushy peas.

Mark Johnson, Director of Cyber Security Advocacy,  (ISC)²

As a Cyber Security Advocate at (ISC)², Mark engages with and inspires individuals and organisations, explaining the importance of training and certification in this critically important field. Mark has 40 years' experience in the security profession; as a military intelligence officer, drug enforcement officer, Director of Network Fraud Control for a global telecoms organisation, and as a consultant and trainer to Board-level in the City of London. A notable achievement was my role as a subject matter expert in solution design for telecoms fraud detection application implementations in 25+ countries over a 20-year period (for Ericsson, Alcatel & Nortel); working with big data sets from major mobile (cell phone) networks, defining data enrichment processes, training deep learning systems, setting the parameters for knowledge-based analysis and designing the required alerting, investigative and dashboarding models. Mark has spent the last 10 years delivering training to UK policing and financial services on cybercrime awareness and the skills required to conduct sourced online investigations. I was a lead trainer at the annual ICDDF event for the UK National Police Chief's Council and the Home Office, an Associate of the City of London Police Economic Crime Academy, and a Cyber Masterclass lead for the International Compliance Association.

Jamie Woodruff, Ethical Hacker & leading artificial intelligence speaker

Jamie Woodruff is a Certified Ethical Hacker and Certified Penetration Testing Engineer from London. He specialises in social engineering. At a recent gathering of RITTech members in London, he discussed hacking tools, techniques and how even seemingly secure organisations can be laid bare. Jamie is also a fan of ethnical hacking, cybersecurity and social engineering.


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