#CyberFest 22 – Outline of Events

It’s back for its FIFTH year. Dynamo, in partnership with Waterstons, Accenture and the Innovation Supernetwork is hosting #CyberFest, a series of events across the North East during September 2022 that highlight the breadth of cyber security talent across the region.

We look forward to bringing together our North East cyber security network to have fun, learn and engage together. #CyberFest is free of charge to attend, with no limit on the number of registrations.

Cyber security is a major concern for everyone and should be considered as part of a wider resilience agenda for the region. Dynamo North East is a business lead organisation working to grow the tech economy across the region. CyberNorth, one of Dynamo’s clusters, recognised by DCMS and NCSC, covers all aspects of cyber resilience including those involved in commercial delivery, research and development, learning, regional resilience and users of technology.

#CyberFest 22 is supported by

BSide Newcastle

BSides Newcastle is the weirdest InfoSec event out there. This year we plan on running a hybrid conference again with our IRL stage at The Catalyst – Helix, Newcastle, our Virtual stage on gather.town, plus a few surprises/new things.

Date and time: 2-3 September 2022 
Location: The Catalyst – Helix, Newcastle



Innovation Is The Best Form of Defence

Another year of high profile cyber attacks but what really happened and how the human element can be your biggest issue.

This event is supported by our Flagship Partner

Date and time: 6 September 2022 10:00 – 15:00
Location: Durham University, Mathematics Sciences and Computer Science Building

Confirmed speakers:

Welcome to #CyberFest – Phil Jackman, CyberNorth Lead, Michael Stirrup, CEO Waterstons, Scott Wakeling, North East England Chapter President (ISC)²

Keynote address – The National Cyber Strategy – Nicola Japp, Security Delivery Associate Manager, Accenture

The evolution of cyber security and Durham University’s cyber security expertise – Igor Kotsiuba, Durham University

Innovation is the best form of defence – Stewart Hogg, Waterstons

Where next for cyber security? – Panel Q&A chaired by Phil Jackman

Security at packet level and quantum computing – Richard Snell, Celerity & Dr Meera Sarma, Cystel

The value of information security certification, Panel discussion with customers – led by Edwin Bartlett – HiComply

Feedback and Summary from the day – Panel Q&A led by Phil Jackman



Online Fraud Is a Crime

Online fraud is a crime that affects all of us. How do we stay safe and who can help us? In this event led by the Police’s North East Business Resilience Centre, find out what you need to know.

This event is supported by

Date and time: 8 September 11:00 – 13:00
Location: Centre for Professional and Executive Development (CPED) – Teesside University, Darlington Campus

Confirmed speakers:

Introduction to #CyberFest, purpose of event an description of the North East cyber security sector – Phil Jackman – Lead CyberNorth, Martin Wilson – NEBRC

Keynote Anti-fraud speaker – Cyber fraud is a crime – Jon Holden – Head of Information Security Atom Bank

Cyber incident response insights from the front line – Stewart Hogg – Waterstons

Cyber security research – Martin Wilson – Head of Cyber and Innovation at North East Business Resilience Centre

and Sharon McDonald – Professor of Human Computer Interaction at University of Sunderland

Help for small businesses – Paul Jenkins – North IT, Joe Cockcroft – NEBRC

Panel Discussion – Phil Jackman



Improving Patient Outcomes Through Secure HealthTech

The health & social care sector is significant across the region. How can the cyber security industry support it in improving patient outcomes and tackle the primary pressures facing health and social care, safely and securely.

Date and time: 13 September 17:30 – 19:30
Location: North East Futures UTC, Newcastle

Confirmed speakers:

Introduction to #CybeFest, purpose of event and a description of the north East cyber security sector – Phil Jackman and Kimberley Hendry –  CyberNorth

Introduction to the UTC

Dynamo’s HealthTech cluster and the North East sector – Hermina Ely – Dynamo North East

Datashield – Patricia Ryser-Welch – Newcastle University

Using data for health researchAlex Craig – Muckle

Cloud for public sector healthcare – Stephen Walker – Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services (AWS)

The changing risks of cyber security in health – Igor Kotsiuba – iSolutionsLabs

How do the Health and Cyber security sectors work together – Panel Q&A



Developing the Cyber Security Innovation Delivery Partnership

How can the whole North East business ecosystem help drive innovation in the cyber security sector?

Date and Time:  14 September – 11:30 – 13:00
Location: Port of Tyne, Maritime House, Tyne Dock, South Shields

Introduction to #CyberFest, purpose of event and a description of the NE cyber security sector – Phil Jackman – Lead CyberNorth

What is innovation, why it is important and how it works in cyber security.

Panel discussion with – Eldon Jobe – Melius Cyber, Debra Cairns – Net Defence, Annabel Berry- Sapphire

Why Innovation Delivery Partnerships? – Colin Bell – NELEP

What we learnt from NWG Innovation festival – Laura Kemp – Dynamo North East

How can the whole North East business ecosystem help drive innovation in the cyber security sector?- Speakers and audience discussion



Protecting My Small Business In An Online World

88% of companies have suffered a cyber security breach in the last 12 months. Many don’t recover from the experience. In this session find out some simple steps you can take to help protect your business.

Date and time: 14 September 16:00 – 18:00
Location: Aspire, Pipewell Quay, Pipewellgate, Gateshead,
Confirmed speakers:

Introduction to #CyberFest and FSB – Kimberley Hendry – CyberNorth, Reshma Begum – FSB

10 steps to security success for an SME – Adam Vietch, Aspire Technology Solutions

How cyber insurance can help your business – John Baty – Cheviot Insured

Cyber resilience starter guide – Graham Jordan – ISNorthEast

Building a positive cyber security culture in your organisation – Workshop led by Danielle Phillips – Insideout consulting



Crafty Cyber Eyes Wide Open

Date and time: 14/15 September
Location: Middlesbrough 14 and Northumbria University 15

Part of Creative Fuse conference

Our 2022 Creative Fuse Conference will take place over two days this September, and will bring together businesses, creative practitioners, and expertise from the region’s five universities to support the vibrant, dynamic, and fast-growing Creative, Digital and IT (CDIT) sector.

The conference will be an opportunity to listen to keynote speakers, take part in workshops and explorative discussion, and enjoy performances and exhibitions.

As you would expect from Creative Fuse, we will explore the impact and role of creativity in the region, economy and society, and how we can be more sustainable in a changing world.

This will include creative places, levelling up, co-creation and collaboration, and how creativity can shape identity and innovation.

Information https://www.creativefusene.org.uk/whats-on/event/creative-fuse-conference-2022/ 


Managing Cyber Security Risk In The Space Market

The ‘New Space’ market will double in size by 2030 to almost £500bn driven by an unprecedented demand for data and connectivity, creating a new market for satellite enabled services, advances in technological innovation and heightened security.

Date and time: 15 September 09:30 – 11:00
Location: NetPark Sedgefield

Introduction – Phil Jackman – CyberNorth, Elaine Scott, Business Durham, Mark David, Business Durham.

Building a Cyber Security Centre of excellence for Space – John Bone, Chief Commercial Office, RHEA Group

Cyber for offshore processingIan Gemski, Founder & Director at Tekgem (UK)

Getting non space business into spaceQ&A general discussion



Simple Steps To Protect Your Business In An Online World

You can take some simple steps to protect your business against online security threats. Doing nothing is not an option.

Date and time: 20 September 08:30 – 10:30
Location: Stellium Data Centre, Cobalt, Wallsend
Confirmed speakers:

Introduction to #CyberFest – Phil Jackman – Lead CyberNorth, Kimberley Hendry – CyberNorth

Introduction to Stellium – Rachael Allen

Managing cyber security risk – Michael Lamb – Aspire

Human aspects of cyber security – Danielle Phillips – InSideOut Consulting

Getting the basics right – Andrew Fisk – Fisk Consulting

Tour of the Stellium Site



Businesses Have An Ethical Responsibility To Be Secure Online

This house believes that businesses have an ethical responsibility to be secure online.

This event is supported by:

Date and time: 21 Sept 16:30 – 18:30
Location: Muckle LLP, Newcastle
Confirmed speakers:

Introduction – Phil Jackman CyberNorth

What are you up to on Facebook? – David Horn – CyberWhite

How the debate will work – Gavin Clarke – Emmanuel College

The motion – Businesses have an ethical responsibility to be secure online – Four competing schools, each school has two speakers for the motion and two against

Response – All speakers

Summary and thanks – Caroline Theobald NIBE, Gavin Clarke



CBI – Cyber Security for Finance Directors: The Cost to Business

The CBI is the UK’s most influential business network, bringing together firms from every sector in the economy. CBI’s North East ‘Finance Directors Network’ convenes CFOs from some of the region’s largest and leading companies to shape and embrace policy and best practice. This joint event explores the cost of cyber-attacks to business, the regional expertise and services available to help, and the national policies CBI are pursuing with the government in this vital area.

Date and time: 22 Sept Time 15:00 – 17:00

Location: Waterstons, Durham
Confirmed speakers:

Introduction – Michael Stirrup Watersons, Phil Jackman CyberNorth

Why CEOs and board members need to understand their exposure better – David Stroud – Nanolock

Can you insure your way to good cyber security? – Stew Hogg – Waterstons

Live hacking demo – Sarah Cunningham – Waterstons

Building an information security management system (ISMS) – Edwin Bartlett – HIComply

How can government policy support business cyber resilience? – Round table discussion Susannah Odell with speakers



Staying Safe From Online Threats

The lack of cyber security is one of the biggest threats to your business and its customers. You can take some simple steps to protect your business against online security threats. In this event brought to you by the Police and the cyber security sector, you can find out how. This event is supported by Advance Northumberland and Business Northumberland.

This event is supported by:

Date and time: 27 September 16:30 to 18:30
Location: Priors Hall, Hexham Abbey

Confirmed speakers:

Welcome to #CyberFest – Kimberley Hendry – CyberNorth and Lucy Evermore – Business Northumberland

Managing cyber risk for all sizes of business – Linz Phillips – Former Executive Vice President Sage Product Delivery

Staying safe online, managing cyber risk and what we are learning from CyberAlarm – Jonny Green – Regional Cyber Protect & Prepare Office Northumbria Police

Using Lego to think about cyber risk – Protect and Prepare team

What have we learned – Phil Jackman and Jonny Green



FinTech – What does the sector need from the North East?

A round table event discussing what the sector needs from the region and who else needs to get involved… including cyber security

Date and time: 28 Sept 14:30 16:30

Location: Womble Bond Dickinson, Newcastle Helix

Confirmed Speakers:

Welcome to WBD – Caroline Chruchill, Womble Bond Dickinson

Introduction the FinTech cluster and #CyberFest22 – Wayne Bryant, Dynamo North East and Phil Jackman, CyberNorth

Cyber Security and FinTech – Mike Jolley, NBS and Andi Pannel, Bottlepay

What does the sector need from the North East? Roundtable discussion

  • What does our FinTech industry int he region need to help it fulfil its potential and prosper?
  • Who needs to be involved to make this happen?

Conclusion and next steps



Season Finale

We can’t believe it’s over! Join us for the final event of this year’s #CyberFest to celebrate all that is great about the cyber security sector in the region.

Date and time: 29 Sept 18:00 – 20:00 
Location: Brinkburn Brewery, Newcastle
Confirmed speakers:

Introduction – Phil Jackman Kimberley Hendry, CyberNorth

Low code / No code, the next big threat? – Adam Hill

Security Onion as an open-source SIEM – Kimberley Hendry

Craft Cyber Eyes – Gillian Hagan-Green, Sunderland University

Performance and social



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