February 18th 2020 | Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh



Dr Natalie Coull

Head of Division of Cyber Security, Abertay University

Dr Natalie Coull is the Head of Division of Cyber Security at Abertay University, and was responsible for developing their masters in Ethical Hacking programme and bachelors in Digital Forensics. Natalie has research interests in secure coding, digital watermarks and computer memory-based security concerns. Natalie is actively engaged in outreach, including promoting female participation in cyber security and leading a programme to provide Abertay student mentors for local school pupils as part of their National Progression Award in Cybersecurity.

Natalie graduated with a Doctorate in technology-enhanced education for software development from the University of St Andrews, which was followed by a Post-Doctoral post in the same area. Natalie was appointed as a Lecturer in Ethical Hacking in 2008 at Abertay.

Working with colleagues at Abertay, Natalie has begun to explore the role of computer games in cybersecurity training. In collaboration with Droman Crime Solutions Ltd., a leading strategic consultancy company in security and public safety, and Hyper Luminal, an applied serious games company, the team is developing a new kind of training environment to help the police deal with cybercrime.


Adam Brady

Systems Engineer, Illumio

Adam Brady is an experienced professional in the cyber security space - with over a decade of on the ground exposure to CERT work, emergency response, malware analysis/cleanup and security consultancy; working with some of the largest organisations within EMEA. Specific experience includes industry targeted malware in the ICS/SCADA space, and combating APT teams attacking prominent companies in the gaming industry.

Clare El Azebbi

Head of Cyber Resilience Policy, Scottish Government

Clare El Azebbi is the Head of Cyber Resilience Policy in the Scottish Government. Working in national policy development for nearly 20 years, Clare led on the development of the cyber resilience strategy for Scotland and subsequent action plans including the Cyber Resilience Learning and Skills Action Plan and the Cyber Resilience Action Plan for Economic Opportunity. A big part of her job is engaging with stakeholders to implement the action plans, working alongside the National Cyber Resilience Leaders Board and advising Ministers on national cyber matters, particularly around learning and skills. Outside of work Clare enjoys travelling with her family, learning languages and is part of team creating e-books for children.

Dr Andy Grayland

Chief Information Security Officer, Digital Office, Scottish Local Government

Andy Grayland is the Chief Information Security Officer of the Digital Office for Scottish Local Authorities. He Joined the team at the beginning of 2018 with a remit to promote collaboration between Scotland's local government authorities and to assist in the delivery of the Cyber Resilience Strategy for Scotland: Public Sector Action Plan.

Andy is passionate about reaffirming Scotland's place on the world stage as a leader at the forefront of global technology innovation. His experience has taught him that threats from cyberspace are all-pervading and as more and more high-profile breaches are discovered, public perception of organisations who fail to protect their valuable data will be negatively impacted. His vision of the future is for Scotland to be renowned as a safe place to conduct digital business and that this will be achieved by the public sector leading by example.

Mike Hulett M.St (Cantab.)

Head of Operations, National Cyber Crime Unit

Mike is the Head of Operations for the National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU), part of the National Crime Agency, responsible for leading the UK’s Law Enforcement response to cyber crime. The NCCU has around 250 officers based at 4 sites , with a range of investigation, intelligence, technical, digital forensics, data analysis and financial investigation skills.

Mike is responsible for leading the highest level and most complex investigations into cyber crime in the UK, utilising support from across UK & international law enforcement agencies, other UK Government departments and a range of industry partners. NCCU Operations also coordinate and support cyber crime investigations undertaken by police Regional Organised Crime Units (ROCUs) and local police forces across the UK.

The majority of Mike’s career has been spent leading serious organised crime investigations across a variety of sectors including drugs, firearms, money laundering, corruption, kidnap, organised immigration crime and now cyber crime. Mike holds a Master’s degree in criminology from the University of Cambridge, and lives in the home counties with his wife and two young children.

Greg Iddon

Senior Product Marketing Manager, Sophos

Greg is a veteran Sophos security specialist and technology communicator with a passion for all things digital. A rampant, idiosyncratic nerd with a sense of humour, Greg strongly believes that the complexities of computing and cybersecurity can be made accessible, funny, and interesting to the masses, and takes every opportunity to share his passion with anyone who wishes to listen.

Mahbubul Islam

Head of Transformational Security, Government Digital Service

Mahbubul Islam is a Chartered Security Professional (CSyP). As a Director of The Security Institute he sponsors and leads the Cyber and Convergence Specialist Interest Group (CCSIG). He is also the Head of Transformational Security within Government Digital Service where he is focusing on the security aspects of digital transformation.

Mahbubul has been involved in Information Security for over 10 years and has also expertise in Physical, Technical and Policy domains, in that period he has led numerous agile and non-agile teams on Security engagements for HMG.

His passion and focus has been on building security teams that are able adapt to the dynamic changes within security, whilst delivering on Governance, Risk and Compliance outcomes.

Mahbubul is a member of the SABSA Institute and IISP. He is a keen supporter of mentoring programme within the security profession, including the development of the security professionals in the UK Civil Service.

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.

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

John Swinney MSP

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, Scottish Government

Born in 1964, John Swinney joined the Scottish National Party in 1979 and went on to graduate from Edinburgh University with an MA (Hons) in Politics. He has worked for the Scottish Coal Project, Development Options and Scottish Amicable.

Prior to his election as Westminster MP for North Tayside in 1997, he held a number of posts in the SNP at local and national level. In 1999, he became the MSP for Tayside North, remaining as the constituency's MP until standing down from Westminster at the 2001 General Election.

Having served as the SNP's Deputy Leader since 1998 and became Leader in 2000. After relinquishing his post in 2004, Mr Swinney became Convener of the Scottish Parliament's European and External Relations Committee.

He was re-elected as an MSP at the 2007 Scottish Parliament election and appointed Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth. Following the elections to the Scottish Parliament in May 2011, he was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth.

As of November 2014, he became Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and the Economy.

In May 2016, he was re-appointed Deputy First Minister, and is currently Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills.

John has three children and is married to Elizabeth Quigley. He lives near Blairgowrie in his constituency and his hobbies include running, cycling and hill walking.

Alex Teteris

EMEA CIO, Zscaler

Alex Teteris is the EMEA CIO at Zscaler, and in this function he supports enterprises embarking on their digital transformation journey. As cloudification requires not only the transformation of applications but also the adaptation of network and security architecture based on evolving requirements, he takes an integrated consulting approach.

His position is based on 20 years of experience in IT leadership roles, mainly in positions around Network Delivery and Security Operations. In his last company, he was Global Head of Infrastructure and laid the foundation to transform the infrastructure to bring 18,000 employees securely into the cloud. As he is passionate about disrupting technologies and change, he today consults with companies on how to choose their transformation battles wisely.

Charl van der Walt

Chief Security Strategy Officer

After many years in an "attack and penetration" testing role at SensePost, Charl van der Walt has a deep understanding of the "offensive" paradigm within information security with a particular interest and passion for teaching and training.

Over the years he has given courses and lectures for companies and universities the world over and has been a regular on the Infosec conference circuit, appearing as a speaker at the prestigious Black Hat Briefings multiple times, where SensePost has consistently also been the biggest-selling training provider over the past 10 years.

Wam Voster

Senior Director, Gartner Research

Wam Voster is a Senior Director in Gartner Research focused on security and risk management. He advises clients on security management, security organizations, governance and OT security. Wam has extensive experience in both executing and advising on highly visible security programs in complex multinational environments. He is a seasoned IT professional with a background in the Oil and Gas industry and in the fast moving consumer goods sector. Of his 30 years in the IT industry, the last ten years were dedicated to information security.

Mike Wawro

Business Development Manager, Truststream Security Solutions

Mike has worked in cyber security services sector for over 15 years helping organisations lower their business risk by assisting them with the provision of high-performance cybersecurity services and systems. Previously he has worked for cyber services providers dns ltd and SecureWorks. He is now Business Development Manager for Truststream, a UK provider of cybersecurity professional services and managed security services. Truststream helps all sizes of businesses protect their assets using best-of-breed cloud services and has extensive experience of working with public sector clients.

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 cover 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 the EU, strategic analysis of threats and trends, and liason with industry, academia and non-law enforcement partners