Director, CJ Cyber
Chelsea is the Director of CJ Cyber, a new security company passionate about driving forward modern security practices and ensuring security is an enabler to business delivery. Chelsea has worked as a cyber security consultant across public and private sector since she graduated with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Ethical Hacking and has experience of establishing, coordinating and running security operations teams.
Chelsea is an advocate and leader with regards to diversity in digital and has been a STEM ambassador since 2012. She is a regular speaker at conferences and has been a judge for the Scottish Cyber Awards since 2018. Chelsea was named as a "Woman of the Future" by Equate Scotland in their "Leading Women of Scotland" publication and chosen as Code First Girls: One to Watch 2017
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.
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.
Head of Cyber Cluster, ScotlandIS
Responsible for the development, growth and promotion of the Cyber security cluster in Scotland which involves bringing the cyber community together across academia, public and third sector and industry including start-ups and investors in order to enable collaboration and innovation in this sector in addition to facilitating gaps or challenges to be addressed. A key part of the role will also be to promote the Scotland cyber security brand to the wider UK and globally.
Director of National Digital and Information Security, NHS National Services for Scotland
Deryck is responsible for the National Services for Scotland’s Digital and Security Strategy and for the delivery of several large-scale National digital transformation programmes across the NHS such as Office 365 implementation. Deryck joined NSS in August 2018 and is implementing his strategy across 3 themes; National Security Operations, Secure Multi-Tenant Public Cloud and Data Analytics. Deryck brings a wealth of experience to the role having worked previously at Wood Mackenzie, Brightsolid and DC Thomson.
Dr Keith Nicholson
Chairman, Cyber Security Scotland
A recognised, multiple-award-winning expert in cyber security, Keith was a contributing author to the Scottish Government Cyber Resilience Strategy, authored the 2018 NHS Scotland Information Security Policy Framework and the created the cyber security standards matrix model that forms the basis of the Scottish Government Cyber Resilience Framework issued to every public body in Scotland.
Keith is 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. He is the founder of Cyber Security Scotland; a non-profit independent advisory body offering specialist cyber security and risk guidance, is a member of the National Cyber Resilience Leaders Board and a visiting Professor in Cyber Security at UHI.
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.
Deputy CISO, University of Edinburgh
Garry Scobie is the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer for The University of Edinburgh. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and ITIL Expert. He regularly presents on computer security including sessions on Ransomware, Mobile Security and Cyber in the Movies. Prior to this he was responsible for Microsoft Windows server infrastructure and Active Directory. He has a particular interest in vulnerability assessment and penetration testing and promoting security awareness.
Dr Cade Wells
Cyber Security Lead and Business Development Manager, CENSIS
Dr Cade Wells is a Chartered Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the research and development of embedded systems. He holds an Engineering Doctorate in System Level Integration jointly awarded by the universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, HeriotWatt and Strathclyde. He also holds an MEng in Computer System Engineering from Bangor University, Wales.
Before joining CENSIS, Cade founded and ran an engineering consultancy providing technical and business services to organisations developing electronic products and undertook forensic engineering investigations of electrical and electronic systems. He was also the Engineering Development Manager of a Scottish startup, successfully developing and bringing to market its first innovative imaging product.
Prior to starting his own company, Cade held the position of Lead Electronics Design Engineer at the Institute for System Level Integration. In this role Cade managed the delivery of Scottish and European-funded projects providing technical support to entrepreneurs and SMEs developing new electronic products and services. He was also actively involved in wireless communication systems R&D projects and technology transfer projects introducing new imaging capabilities into companies.
Cyber Security Technical Consultant, QA Ltd.
Mark joined QA after a 23 year career in the Royal Air Force (RAF), Mark started his career as a Telecommunications Technician progressing through the ranks. In 2007 Mark was commissioned as an Officer and after completing Intitial Officer Training and Engineer Officer Training went on to Command the Command and Control, Computer, Communications and Intelligence Flight at RAF Honnington. Mark then workes as a Service Manager in the Logistics Information Technology Systems Project Team. Following these tours Mark completed a Master's Degree in Computing and Information Network Systems before seeing out the rest of his service career teaching at the Defence School of Communications and Information Systems as lead instructor in the Information Systems department of Engineer Officer Training.
Expert Speaker, e-Estonia Briefing Centre
Having lived and studied in different countries, Anett has learned to appreciate living in a digital society. Anett believes that all processes and structures of public services should be accessible and simple for every single citizen. Based on her academic background in political science, Anett focuses on enhancing good cooperation between the public and private sector to create a comprehensive and supportive environment. Her goal as a speaker at the e-Estonia Briefing Centre is to explain the Estonian digitalisation experience and thus inspire leaders and decision-makers alike to create a better tomorrow.
Senior Manager, Product Team, Sophos
Greg is a Sophos cybersecurity specialist and technology communicator with a passion for all things digital. A rampant, idiosyncratic nerd with a thoroughly 'British' sense of humour, Greg strongly believes that the complexities of computing and security can be made accessible, funny, and interesting to the masses, and takes every opportunity to share his passion with anyone who wishes to listen.
Cyber Security Architect, Renfrewshire Council
Carol has worked in the field of IT and Information Security for 20 years with the last 4 years at Renfrewshire Council as their Cyber Security Architect.
Carol’s approach to cyber security is to focus on risk management, being realistic and pragmatic about the threat, risk and opportunities, encouraging management and staff to do the same and for them to take ownership of their decisions and risk.
Her goal is to eradicate the traditional approaches and negative views of cyber security and transform them into positive and supportive policies that align and work with the business service delivery and strategy.
Carol enjoys being actively involved with the Scottish Government and NCSC in the design and testing of emerging guidance and policy in the practical environment of a local authority.
Carol is the Chairperson of the Scottish Local Authority Information Security Group.
Enterprise Security Specialist, SonicWall
Colin Gracie is an Enterprise Security Specialist with over 15 yrs experience in the Security industry. As the Enterprise Security Lead for SonicWall in Scotland he works closely with end users to understand their security strategies and challenges, and help them keep their data and systems secure in the rapidly changing modern threat landscape.
Solutions Engineer, OneTrust
Chris Paterson serves as a Privacy Engineer at OneTrust – the #1 most widely used privacy, security and third-party risk technology platform. In his role, Paterson advises many of the world's leading organizations on GDPR and ePrivacy (Cookie Law) solution implementations, focused on formulating efficient and effective responses to data protection requirements as well as building and scaling global privacy programmes.
With five years of professional experience in implementing complex big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence-based solutions for the world’s largest pharma, energy, hospitality and insurance firms, Paterson’s background combines complex programme management, business and process design/analysis, product management and cross-functional solution implementation.
Paterson is a Certified Information privacy Professional (CIPP/E), holds a B.A. with distinction in International Relations from Boston University and earned his Master of Science in Security Studies from University College London.
Charl van der Walt
Chief Security Strategy Officer, SecureData
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.