Kate Forbes MSP
Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy, Scottish Government
Kate Forbes MSP is from Dingwall, although she spent part of her upbringing in Glasgow and India. Until she was elected as MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Kate was employed as an accountant in the banking industry. Prior to that she studied History at the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh.
As a backbencher, she has served on the Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee, the Health and Sport Committee and the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee. She also served as Parliamentary Liaison Officer for Finance and the Constitution.
As well as leading a campaign to ban plastic straws, Kate has participated in several cross party groups at Holyrood including Crofting, Gaelic, Human Trafficking, Palliative Care and Rural Policy. A fluent Gaelic speaker, Kate made history earlier this year by becoming the first female MSP to give a plenary speech entirely in Gaelic in the current Scottish Parliament chamber.
On 27 June 2018 she was appointed as Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy.
Dr Keith Nicholson
Chairman, Cyber Security Scotland
Dr Nicholson has worked in the cyber security field since 1992; initially as CEO of a first-mover ecommerce business and later as an Interim Director, a Non-Executive Director and Consultant. He acts as an independent cyber security and technology advisor with a range of clients that have included FTSE 250 companies; SMEs and several public bodies including NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government.
Keith was a contributing author to the Scottish Government Cyber Resilience Strategy and also co-authored a WannaCry impact assessment report for NHS Scotland. He is a member of the public-private sector National Cyber Resilience Leaders Board and Joint Chair of its Public Sector Steering Group. He recently founded Cyber Security Scotland; a non-profit independent advisory body offering specialist security and digital technology guidance
Head of Cyber Cluster, ScotlandIS
Ciara recently started Head of Cyber Cluster for ScotlandIS, wher her role will be to further develop and grow the cyber security cluster in Scotland in line with the Scottish government's cyber security strategy.
She previously led a team of product managers within BT's cyber security division in BT Security covering SIEM, vulnerability scanning, log management and threat intelligence products.
DI Eamonn Keane
Head of Cyber Innovation and Security, SBRC
Detective Inspector Eamonn Keane has worked with the Irish and Scottish Police for 35 years principally in the investigation of terrorism, serious crime, criminal investigation, public protection and most recently national Cybercrime investigations and forensic delivery.
His current portfolio is with the Scottish Business Resilience Centre as Head of Cyber Security & Innovation championing the ethos of cybercrime prevention through business engagement, resilience, support, education and intelligence sharing for the Scottish and UK business community.
Jordan is a globally renowned cybersecurity expert, accumulating over 13 years experience finetuning his craft and now standing as the CISO for HEFESTIS Ltd. Working with tech start-up companies, government organisations and established businesses, his diverse innovations have served all levels of the industry. He was awarded ‘CISO of the year’ in 2018 by Cyber Security Awards among countless other prestigious recognitions.