KEYNOTE SPEAKER - David Blunkett

Former UK Government Home Secretary, Writer and International Speaker

As Home Secretary at the time of 9/11, David served through the most testing times. Since leaving the front bench David has continued to inform policy-making on social mobility, affordable credit and cyber security.  David was the un-paid chair of the International Cyber Security Projection Alliance until 2016 and now is the honorary chair of the Cyber Essentials Direct Ltd (promoting the Cyber Highway). As well as giving an insider’s view on the political landscape, David talks with authority on managing change, social responsibility and the benefits of diversity. His own story is one of overcoming considerable adversity. Labour party politician David Blunkett was born with a rare genetic condition that left him completely blind. From a deprived family in one of Sheffield's poorest neighbourhoods, he beat the odds to become one of the UKs most popular and influential politicians. Rising to become Education and Employment Secretary, Home Secretary and eventually Work and Pensions Secretary in Tony Blair's Cabinet, David was promoted to Home Secretary after the 2001 general election.  

As Home Secretary at the time of 9/11, David served through the most testing times. Since leaving the front bench David has continued to inform policy-making on social mobility, affordable credit and cyber security.  David was the un-paid chair of the International Cyber Security Projection Alliance until 2016 and now is the honorary chair of the Cyber Essentials Direct Ltd (promoting the Cyber Highway). As well as giving an insider’s view on the political landscape, David talks with authority on managing change, social responsibility and the benefits of diversity. His own story is one of overcoming considerable adversity.

Labour party politician David Blunkett was born with a rare genetic condition that left him completely blind. From a deprived family in one of Sheffield's poorest neighbourhoods, he beat the odds to become one of the UKs most popular and influential politicians. Rising to become Education and Employment Secretary, Home Secretary and eventually Work and Pensions Secretary in Tony Blair's Cabinet, David was promoted to Home Secretary after the 2001 general election.

 

 

Professor Barry O'Sullivan

Professor at UCC & Founding Director of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics

Barry is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at University College Cork. He is a founding Director of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, one of the world’s largest centres focused on data analytics with almost 500 researchers and staff. Professor O’Sullivan also serves as Deputy President of the European Artificial Intelligence Association, the world’s largest AI association with over 4500 members. He was elected a Fellow of the association in 2012, an honour recognising the top 3% of its members. He is the only Irish scientist to give an invited keynote at the annual conference of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence in the US.  Professor O’Sullivan has received awards for leadership, he received the international Association for Constraint Programming Distinguished Service Award, and was named Science Foundation Ireland Researcher of the Year for 2016. In 2017 he was elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, the most prestigious academic accolade in Ireland. Professor O’Sullivan has been involved in winning over €140 million in research funding, and has written more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific publications on many aspects of artificial intelligence. In 2017 he established AI Machina, a consultancy firm specialising in artificial intelligence.  

Barry is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at University College Cork. He is a founding Director of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, one of the world’s largest centres focused on data analytics with almost 500 researchers and staff.

Professor O’Sullivan also serves as Deputy President of the European Artificial Intelligence Association, the world’s largest AI association with over 4500 members. He was elected a Fellow of the association in 2012, an honour recognising the top 3% of its members. He is the only Irish scientist to give an invited keynote at the annual conference of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence in the US. 

Professor O’Sullivan has received awards for leadership, he received the international Association for Constraint Programming Distinguished Service Award, and was named Science Foundation Ireland Researcher of the Year for 2016. In 2017 he was elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, the most prestigious academic accolade in Ireland.

Professor O’Sullivan has been involved in winning over €140 million in research funding, and has written more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific publications on many aspects of artificial intelligence. In 2017 he established AI Machina, a consultancy firm specialising in artificial intelligence.

 

 

Maya Horowitz

Head of the Threat Intelligence Group, Check Point Software Technologies

Maya Horowitz is head of the Threat Intelligence group at Check Point Software Technologies. In the last 3 years she has been leading Check Point’s threat analysis and intelligence operations, including the global hunting of new malware and campaigns, and the tailored intelligence services for customers. Prior to Check Point, Maya had served for 10 years as officer an elite intelligence unit of the Israel Defence Forces. Maya has a master’s degree in psychology and biology from Tel-Aviv University, Israel.    

Maya Horowitz is head of the Threat Intelligence group at Check Point Software Technologies.

In the last 3 years she has been leading Check Point’s threat analysis and intelligence operations, including the global hunting of new malware and campaigns, and the tailored intelligence services for customers.

Prior to Check Point, Maya had served for 10 years as officer an elite intelligence unit of the Israel Defence Forces.

Maya has a master’s degree in psychology and biology from Tel-Aviv University, Israel.

 

 

Aoife Sexton

Co-founder Director Frontier Privacy

Aoife is Co-Founder and Director at Frontier Privacy. As a Solicitor, she is also Principal at the law firm, Tech Law Services. Frontier Privacy is an innovative consultancy offering a full range of data protection services, assisting companies to become compliant with existing data protection laws as well as the upcoming GDPR. Aoife is certified CIPP/E by the International Association of Privacy Professionals as well as a Certified Data Protection Practitioner (PDP). She is a regular lecturer at the Law Society of Ireland on data protection and technology law and a regular conference speaker.  

Aoife is Co-Founder and Director at Frontier Privacy. As a Solicitor, she is also Principal at the law firm, Tech Law Services.

Frontier Privacy is an innovative consultancy offering a full range of data protection services, assisting companies to become compliant with existing data protection laws as well as the upcoming GDPR.

Aoife is certified CIPP/E by the International Association of Privacy Professionals as well as a Certified Data Protection Practitioner (PDP).

She is a regular lecturer at the Law Society of Ireland on data protection and technology law and a regular conference speaker.

 

 

Ian Porteous

SE Manager at Check Point Software Technologies UK

Ian has over 12 years of in-depth security industry experience. He heads up Check Point’s team of skilled Security Engineers, who consult and support senior IT staff and their teams within end-user organisations, helping to create security strategies that solve business-impacting problems. Prior to joining Check Point in 2007, Ian worked in the IT security channel, designing and implementing customers’ security solutions.    

Ian has over 12 years of in-depth security industry experience.

He heads up Check Point’s team of skilled Security Engineers, who consult and support senior IT staff and their teams within end-user organisations, helping to create security strategies that solve business-impacting problems.

Prior to joining Check Point in 2007, Ian worked in the IT security channel, designing and implementing customers’ security solutions.

 

 

 

Misha Glenny

Award-winning writer, broadcaster and author of the book McMafia, The Globalisation Of Organised Crime

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Misha Glenny is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and sought after keynote speaker. His best-selling book, McMafia, about the globalisation of organised crime is currently being filmed in London and will be broadcast as a major dramas series by the BBC and AMC in January of next year. Misha’s most recent book, Nemesis: One Man and the Battle for Rio, the biography of the main who ran the largest favela in Rio for five years as head of the cocaine cartel, is also in production as a Hollywood feature film. Like these two works, Misha’s book on cybercrime, DarkMarket: How Hackers Became the New Mafia, is based primarily on interviews with people activity engaged in criminal activity. Misha interviewed criminal hackers and intelligence agents in some 20 countries to map the development of cyber malfeasance in the first 12 years of this century. Like all his books, DarkMarket was shortlisted for several prizes. A former BBC Central Europe correspondent who covered the revolutions in Eastern Europe, Misha won the Sony Gold Award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting for his work during the wars in the former Yugoslavia. He is a regularly contributor to major publications in Europe, the United States and Japan. Misha recently served as an visiting professor at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute where he ran a course entitled Crime, Corruption and Economic Transition. He was voted the best lecturer at SIPA for his work there. He is regularly consulted by governments in Europe and the Americas on the Balkans and Eastern Europe; on trans-national organized crime and on cyber security. Over the past three years, he has given over fiftykeynote speeches to companies around the world on the issue of cyber security. At present, he is developing and writing two television drama series, one focussing on crime and corruption in Rio de Janeiro, and the second, a political thriller about hackers. He is on the international advisory boards of several major NGOs.  

Misha Glenny is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and sought after keynote speaker. His best-selling book, McMafia, about the globalisation of organised crime is currently being filmed in London and will be broadcast as a major dramas series by the BBC and AMC in January of next year.

Misha’s most recent book, Nemesis: One Man and the Battle for Rio, the biography of the main who ran the largest favela in Rio for five years as head of the cocaine cartel, is also in production as a Hollywood feature film.

Like these two works, Misha’s book on cybercrime, DarkMarket: How Hackers Became the New Mafia, is based primarily on interviews with people activity engaged in criminal activity. Misha interviewed criminal hackers and intelligence agents in some 20 countries to map the development of cyber malfeasance in the first 12 years of this century. Like all his books, DarkMarket was shortlisted for several prizes.

A former BBC Central Europe correspondent who covered the revolutions in Eastern Europe, Misha won the Sony Gold Award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting for his work during the wars in the former Yugoslavia. He is a regularly contributor to major publications in Europe, the United States and Japan.

Misha recently served as an visiting professor at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute where he ran a course entitled Crime, Corruption and Economic Transition. He was voted the best lecturer at SIPA for his work there. He is regularly consulted by governments in Europe and the Americas on the Balkans and Eastern Europe; on trans-national organized crime and on cyber security. Over the past three years, he has given over fiftykeynote speeches to companies around the world on the issue of cyber security.

At present, he is developing and writing two television drama series, one focussing on crime and corruption in Rio de Janeiro, and the second, a political thriller about hackers. He is on the international advisory boards of several major NGOs.

 

 

Jenny Radcliffe

aka “The People Hacker”. expert in Social Engineering (the human element of security), negotiations, non-verbal communication and deception

Jenny Radcliffe – aka “The People Hacker” – is a force to be reckoned with. She can diffuse a crisis situation, talk her way into a secure building and spot a psychopath at a hundred paces. She has been called a mind reader and a ‘human lie detector’, and likened to a Jedi Knight. In reality, she is an expert in Social Engineering (the human element of security), negotiations, non-verbal communication and deception, using her skills to help clients from corporations and law enforcement, to poker players, politicians and the security industry protect themselves from malicious social engineering attacks. Jenny speaks, consults and trains people in the skills of “people hacking” and explains how “Social Engineering” using psychological methods can be a huge threat to organisations of all sizes. She reveals how that same knowledge is a valuable tool for security professionals of all types in the prevention of attacks, scams and cons of all kinds. Using a blend of anecdotes, science and humour, Jenny is an exceptional and highly impactful speaker. A regular keynote at major security events (Infosec, Rant, DISA, Nordic IT Security, ICS2, Bright talk, Cyber Security Week) and multiple TEDx contributor, Jenny has been a guest expert on security, scams and social engineering for various television and radio shows and is a regular media contributor on all aspects of the human element of security and Social Engineering.  

Jenny Radcliffe – aka “The People Hacker” – is a force to be reckoned with. She can diffuse a crisis situation, talk her way into a secure building and spot a psychopath at a hundred paces. She has been called a mind reader and a ‘human lie detector’, and likened to a Jedi Knight.

In reality, she is an expert in Social Engineering (the human element of security), negotiations, non-verbal communication and deception, using her skills to help clients from corporations and law enforcement, to poker players, politicians and the security industry protect themselves from malicious social engineering attacks.

Jenny speaks, consults and trains people in the skills of “people hacking” and explains how “Social Engineering” using psychological methods can be a huge threat to organisations of all sizes. She reveals how that same knowledge is a valuable tool for security professionals of all types in the prevention of attacks, scams and cons of all kinds.

Using a blend of anecdotes, science and humour, Jenny is an exceptional and highly impactful speaker. A regular keynote at major security events (Infosec, Rant, DISA, Nordic IT Security, ICS2, Bright talk, Cyber Security Week) and multiple TEDx contributor, Jenny has been a guest expert on security, scams and social engineering for various television and radio shows and is a regular media contributor on all aspects of the human element of security and Social Engineering.

 

 

Francis O’Haire

Director of Technology & Strategy, DataSolutions

Francis is the Director of Technology and Strategy at DataSolutions and over the last 25 years Francis identified all the world class technologies that Data Solutions brings to the market both in Ireland and the UK. He is a well-respected technologist regularly speaking at various industry events and his opinion is often sought by the national and trade press. Francis’s unique skill is to take complex technologies, simplify them and present them back to any audience justifying their business case while still highlighting their USP’s. He is passionate about good technologies that solve real life problems, as the company’s guru when it comes to technology – he seeks out new solutions appropriate for the market and acts as their spokesman. He thrives on finding solutions that address real market needs, increased efficiency and lower cost. As one on Data Solutions founding members, Francis has decades of experience in the IT industry with extensive knowledge of topics including security, virtualisation, cloud, and data communications fields.

Francis is the Director of Technology and Strategy at DataSolutions and over the last 25 years Francis identified all the world class technologies that Data Solutions brings to the market both in Ireland and the UK. He is a well-respected technologist regularly speaking at various industry events and his opinion is often sought by the national and trade press.

Francis’s unique skill is to take complex technologies, simplify them and present them back to any audience justifying their business case while still highlighting their USP’s.

He is passionate about good technologies that solve real life problems, as the company’s guru when it comes to technology – he seeks out new solutions appropriate for the market and acts as their spokesman. He thrives on finding solutions that address real market needs, increased efficiency and lower cost. As one on Data Solutions founding members, Francis has decades of experience in the IT industry with extensive knowledge of topics including security, virtualisation, cloud, and data communications fields.

 

Andy Waterhouse

EMEA Pre-Sales Director, RSA Security

Andy Waterhouse is the EMEA Presales Director for RSA Security, responsible for running a team of security professionals across EMEA that deliver a trusted digital world for RSA’s customers using Business-Driven Security.  This includes driving RSA NetWitness Suite for security threat detection and response, RSA Archer Suite for GRC, RSA SecurID Suite identity and access management solutions and RSA Fraud and Risk Intelligence Suite.   Prior to RSA, Andy held a variety of roles within EMC and was most recently the Global Presales Director for the Advanced Software Division (Software Defined Storage and EMC IT Infrastructure Management) where he focused on the go to market for ViPR (EMC’s Software-Defined Storage solution), EMC Elastic Cloud Storage and Atmos, ScaleIO, Storage Resource Management and Service Assurance.  He started his career at EMC as Technology Director, Presales looking after EMC’s IT Infrastructure Management solution across EMEA for telco, service provider and large enterprise customers. He then led the EMEA vSpecialist team, supporting the VMware aligned activities of the EMC sales and support teams across EMEA as well as supporting EMC’s IT Management portfolio. Prior to EMC, Andy held a variety of management roles with AXA-PPP Healthcare and Lloyd’s of London where he was responsible for designing and managing their NOC and Data Centre operations. At Concord Communications he was responsible for managing a team of consultants designing management solutions for Data Centre and IT operations.  

Andy Waterhouse is the EMEA Presales Director for RSA Security, responsible for running a team of security professionals across EMEA that deliver a trusted digital world for RSA’s customers using Business-Driven Security.  This includes driving RSA NetWitness Suite for security threat detection and response, RSA Archer Suite for GRC, RSA SecurID Suite identity and access management solutions and RSA Fraud and Risk Intelligence Suite.  

Prior to RSA, Andy held a variety of roles within EMC and was most recently the Global Presales Director for the Advanced Software Division (Software Defined Storage and EMC IT Infrastructure Management) where he focused on the go to market for ViPR (EMC’s Software-Defined Storage solution), EMC Elastic Cloud Storage and Atmos, ScaleIO, Storage Resource Management and Service Assurance.  He started his career at EMC as Technology Director, Presales looking after EMC’s IT Infrastructure Management solution across EMEA for telco, service provider and large enterprise customers. He then led the EMEA vSpecialist team, supporting the VMware aligned activities of the EMC sales and support teams across EMEA as well as supporting EMC’s IT Management portfolio.

Prior to EMC, Andy held a variety of management roles with AXA-PPP Healthcare and Lloyd’s of London where he was responsible for designing and managing their NOC and Data Centre operations. At Concord Communications he was responsible for managing a team of consultants designing management solutions for Data Centre and IT operations.

 

 

David Keating

Head of the Security Division at DataSolutions and MC on the day

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David joined DataSolutions in 2001 to build up the company’s brand new Security division. Over the last 16 years, he has successfully launched DataSolutions as the distributor of choice for world-wide, market-leading vendors including Check Point, RSA Security, HPE Aruba and Symantec. David has a strong technical background and has a great knack for simplifying complex technology solutions to justify why they are required. Having played a key role in delivering the Secure Computing Forum each year since its inception in 2013, this will be David’s first year as MC of the conference and he is very much looking forward to it!  

David joined DataSolutions in 2001 to build up the company’s brand new Security division. Over the last 16 years, he has successfully launched DataSolutions as the distributor of choice for world-wide, market-leading vendors including Check Point, RSA Security, HPE Aruba and Symantec.

David has a strong technical background and has a great knack for simplifying complex technology solutions to justify why they are required. Having played a key role in delivering the Secure Computing Forum each year since its inception in 2013, this will be David’s first year as MC of the conference and he is very much looking forward to it!

 


Many more speakers to be announced in the coming weeks