East Midlands Cyber Security Conference and Expo

Type: Major Chamber Events
Venue: National Space Centre, Exploration Dr, Leicester LE4 5NS
Date: 11 July 2016
Time: 9am to 3.30pm
Places: 99
Available To: Members and Non Members
Members Price: Free
Non Members Price: £25.00 + VAT

The success of the region, and its businesses, is key to ensuring a strong, balanced and sustainable UK economy. In the face of a growing cyber threat, it is vital that business are resilient against attack, thereby removing barriers to growth and creating an environment in which they, and the region as a whole, can flourish.

The conference and expo will bring together over 150 businesses, information security providers and key influencers to discuss the threats posed by online criminals and the practical ways in which business make themselves more resilient to cybercrime. Core themes will include: the evolving cyber threat; cyber resilience in the supply chain; and essential cyber skills.

Through a series of presentations, workshops and panel discussions, this exhibition and conference will explore how best to support East Midlands businesses against cybercrime and to examine possible future needs in order to ensure that businesses across the region are equipped with the necessary skills and infrastructure to guard themselves against this growing and developing threat.

Various sessions will be aimed at all levels of “cyber” knowledge, ranging from businesses working in the Information Security industry to those business owners/managers wanting to gain practical advice on the basic steps they can take to secure their business.

Keynote Presentations

Tackling Cyber Crime

An overview of the National and International threats from Cyber Crime and the Government’s Strategy to respond

Speaker – Deputy Chief Constable Martyn Bates

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Protecting the business in the digital age

The way businesses transact their business and engage with IT in their daily lives has changed dramatically over the past decade. This presentation examines how changing business practices, as well as the emergence of things like the Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data has opened up new threat areas for businesses.

We will look at the most common cyber-attacks and give an overview of the IT security measures and practices/policies which businesses need to implement to reduce their risk.


Del Heppenstall – Director, KPMG

With nearly 20 years’ direct experience in Information & Cyber Security, Del has built up a wealth of experience in advising clients on topics ranging from security strategy and organisational design through to technical security solution implementation and operation. Del has led some of the UK’s largest security transformation programmes, delivering multi-million pound change agenda’s at Aerospace & Defence major’s, Central Government and leading UK retail sector organisations.

The best form of defence is attack: a cyber offensive

It is widely acknowledged that data is the lynchpin around which modern business operates. Whether it be your client database, intellectual property, personal or financial information, the loss or compromise of this data can have catastrophic implications for businesses.

This presentation examines the impact of data loss on a business and illustrates the 10 key steps that businesses can do to protect their information assets, how to reduce vulnerability and how to respond, should a breach occur.


Christian Toon – Cyber Security Specialist, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Christian is a proven expert in cyber security defence strategy, with over 10 years of risk and information security experience with international organisations, in particular helping them respond to attacks, data breaches and information protection

Increasing supply chain integrity

As we become increasingly reliant on technology, and with supply chains becoming progressively more complex, Cyber Security no longer stops at our doors (or firewalls). This presentation highlights the interdependence of businesses when it comes to cyber security and will give delegates a better understanding of how to be a responsible member of the supply chain.

This session pays particular attention to how businesses can demonstrate their cyber competence through accreditations, such as Cyber Essentials and ISO, as large organisations increasingly demand such reassurances from their suppliers.


Emma Philpott – CEO, IASME

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Empowering a security savvy workforce

It is often said that even the most secure door is only as safe as the person who locks it. The same can be said for cyber security. Even the most technologically advance IT security measures can be rendered useless by careless, ignorant or malicious employees.

This presentation will look at the implications of user behaviour on cyber security and how to establish a more secure culture within the organisation.


Stuart Green – SJG Digital

Stuart is the driving force behind SJG Digital, helping organisations throughout the country develop their defences against cyber attack. Stuart and his team have backgrounds that originate in the MoD and they now provide a unique and highly specialised skill set to their customer base. With GCHQ-backed certifications such as CESG Certified Professional, Stuart spends much of his time providing specialist hardware and advice to organisations of all sizes all over the UK as they adopt the Government’s Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus certifications.


A number of breakout sessions, in between the main presentations, exploring key topics and giving practical advice for reducing cyber vulnerabilities, including:

Cyber 101: The basics of Cyber Security
Governance: The role of the board
Secure eCommerce Round Table
Social Security: The risks and advantages of Social Media in Business
Achieving Cyber Essentials
Password Masterclass
Building Professionalism and Confidence in the IT Security Industry
Workshop Presenters

Sian John – Chief Strategist, Symantec
Colin Robbins – Managing Director, Qonex and IISP East Midlands regional chair
Classified Speaker – CESG, the Information Security arm of GCHQ
David Benford – Managing Director, Blackstage Forensics
Michael Chamber – Head of Business Risk, Matalan
Who should attend?

Business leaders & owners
Senior HR managers
IT Managers
Information Security Professionals
Local Government and policy makers
We have a range of excellent sponsorship and exhibition opportunities available, please email: [email protected] email icon to receive further details.

If you have any questions regarding the above, please contact Andy Watterson, Business Crime Manager at [email protected] email icon


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