February 27th 2019 | Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh


Glenn Attridge

Head of Cyber Defence & Security Response, Royal Bank of Scotland

Accountable for Cyber Defence and Security Response and Recovery across the Bank, which includes fraud prevention, information & cyber security, intelligence, physical security, resilience and records management. 

Glenn initially joined RBS in 2004 as a graduate in information security. He left in 2010 to take up a role in professional services working primarily with large multi-national organisations. He re-joined in 2012 to take up a senior role in information security before moving into his current role.

Richard Beck

Director of Cyber Security, QA

Richard Beck (CISSP, CISM, CISA) is Director of Cyber Security at QA, responsible for the entire Cyber Security portfolio across the four QA divisions. He works with customers to build effective and successful security training solutions tailored for business needs. Richard has over 15 years' experience in senior Information Security roles. Prior to QA, Richard was Head of Information Security for four years at Arqiva, who underpin 20% of the UK's Critical National Infrastructure. Richard also held Security and Technical Management posts at CPP, GEC, Pearson and the Royal Air Force. Richard sits on a number of security advisory panels including IBM, BCS and EC-Council and previously chaired the Communication Industry Personnel Security Information Exchange (CPNI). Richard is also a STEM Ambassador working to engage and enthuse young people in the area of cyber security. Providing a unique perspective on the world of cyber security to teachers and encourage young people to consider a career in cyber security.

Helena Brown

Vice Convener of the Law Society of Scotland’s Technology Law and Practice Committee, and Partner for Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Helena is head of the Data Protection team at Addleshaw Goddard and has specialised in data protection, information IT and commercial law for over 15 years. Helena provides support to clients on data across all sectors and is currently leading a number of GDPR compliance projects in the financial services and fintech space, focusing on the unique issues presented by the use of data in financial services and payments.

Helena has extensive experience advising and delivering training to clients in banking and finance, public sector, media, healthcare, sports and charities sector on a full spectrum of data protection matters, including audit and policy implementation, international data transfers, PIAs, security reviews, contractual reviews, consent and database augmentation, subject access and defending Information Commissioner Complaints and investigations.

Helena also specialises in technology procurement and outsourcing, complex commercial contracts and intellectual property protection and exploitation, including database rights in the context of data protection. She is an elected member of the Law Society of Scotland’s technology committee, currently leading their guidance on cyber security. She is also a member of Scottish Financial Enterprise, the Society for Computers and Law and the Scottish Charities Finance Group.

Matthew Collinson

Lecturer, University of Aberdeen

Matthew Collinson is a Lecturer in Computing Science at Aberdeen. He has degrees in Mathematics, Mathematical Logic and Theoretical Computer Science from the Universities of Edinburgh and Manchester, but his current research focus is on investigating the complex interaction between human behaviour and cyber security policy. He is principal investigator for a large project Supporting Security Policy with Effective Digital Intervention (www.sspedi.co.uk) funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. He previously worked at Hewlett-Packard Labs, Bristol on advanced research projects in their Security and Trusted Systems Labs.

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.

Bea Gully

Senior Account Manager, Darktrace 

Based in Castlefield, Bea Gully joined Darktrace in summer 2015, to develop the Northern sales.  Bea’s experience is predominately in Networking and security, previously working alongside Pentesters to discuss how to best secure clients’ networks.  Bea specialises in working with organisations across England and Scotland, within banking, telecommunications, Retail and Ecommerce.  

Kerry Jardine

Public Sector Action Plan on Cyber Resilience, Scottish Government

Kerry Jardine is an information specialist at the Scottish Government with over 10 years of experience in supporting the development of Scotland’s multi-agency resilience and now in cyber resilience with the public sector.

After spending more than 17 years in a variety of information management, policy, research, communications and training roles, Kerry has extensive experience engaging with people at all levels in the public and private sector to improve the way they use information and in how they manage risk.

Kerry holds a BA in Business Administration and a MSc in Information Management.  

John Lester

Senior Sales Engineer, Sophos

John is a Senior Sales Engineer at Sophos and works with customers of all sizes and market verticals to discuss security and productivity projects. He specialises in Endpoint Security and Data Protection and is always happiest discussing a combination of these two methodologies. His 8 year tenure at Sophos has enabled him to understand a wide range of customer environments but loves being faced with a new challenge so please do ask questions!

Mark Menzies

Security Engineer, Check Point

Mark Menzies is a Security Engineer responsible for Scotland at Check Point Software Technologies.  He is tasked with the technical enablement of Check Point security solutions with customers, including the latest Threat Prevention features and products including Anti-Ransomware and Check Point’s award winning Sandblast technology.

Mark Has several years’ experience at senior levels within Networking and Security vendors and holds a BEng in Software Engineering from Napier University, Edinburgh.

Bharat Mistry

Principal Security Strategist, Trend Micro

Bharat is Principal Security Strategist at Trend Micro and is responsible for advising Trend Micro’s largest UK customers on security transformation. Bharat has 20 years of experience as an information security professional and has worked for Alcatel Lucent/Nokia, KCOM, Siemens and before Trend Micro he held the position of Security Technologist in the CTO Office for HP Enterprise Security Services. Bharat works with CISOs to underatand risks, develop security strategies and enable business objectives. Bharat focuses on major global clients in the Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Financial Services, Telecommunications and Retail markets.

Anthony Swart

Senior Sales Engineer, Okta

Anthony has 25 years of experience in the IT industry across a range of aspects of IT, with a good understanding of IT business from vendor and consultancy perspective as well as working in internal IT within organisations. Anthony has formal business education with a finance MBA from Manchester University. Anthony has experience of various aspects of IT including infrastructure systems and networks, and web and mobile based applications. Anthony has worked in a variety of roles including sales engineering, consultancy, support services and development work. 

Anthony enjoys spending his free time with his family and occasionally escaping to the mountains to do snowboarding. 

Kami Vaniea

Lecturer in Cyber Security and Privacy, University of Edinburgh

Dr Kami Vaniea is a Lecturer in Cyber Security and Privacy in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. Her work is in the area of human factors of security and privacy with the goal of making technologies more accessible for people who have limited prior experience with security. Her current projects include: Internet of Things security awareness, barriers to software update installation, making safe online choices, and helping app designers build security into their apps. Her research looks at how to assist users in making informed security and privacy choices by providing relevant feedback about their choices and options. 

Currently Dr. Vaniea heads the Technology Usability Lab In Privacy and Security (TULIPS). She is also an active member of the Security and Privacy group at U. Edinburgh which was recently recognised as an Academic Center of Excellence in Cyber Security Research by EPSRC and the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC). Dr. Vaniea was previously an Assistant Professor in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University, a Post Doc at Michigan State University, and her PhD is from Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Science Department.

Derek Mackay MSP

Cabinet for Finance and the Constitution, Scottish Government

Mr Mackay has been the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Renfrewshire North & West since 2011.

He was appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution in May 2016 having previously served as Minister for Transport and Islands and Minister for Local Government and Planning.

Mr Mackay is currently SNP Business Convener (Chairman of the Party), responsible for chairing Conference, the National Executive and the management and administration of the party.

Elected to Renfrewshire Council in 1999 at the age of 21, he was the youngest male councillor in Scotland at the time. He won three successive ward elections to become Leader of Renfrewshire Council in May 2007, taking the SNP from opposition to lead the administration for the first time. He became a national figure in local government leading the SNP group at COSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities) 2009-2011.

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.