Cyber security isn’t just something to consider in the office, it is a vital component of all supply chains. Around 90% of the world’s trade in goods travels by sea at some point. Add to this the increased use of digital technologies to control both offshore and onshore logistics and it is vital that good security is maintained.
Dr Jo North – Technology and Transformation Director – Port of Tyne
Dr Jo North is Associate Lecturer for business creativity and Innovation at the University of York and joined the Port as Technology and Transformation Director & 2050 Innovation Hub lead in 2019. Jo has leading-edge expertise in working with companies to optimise the creative potential of their people, products, services and brands and build an innovative, entrepreneurial capability into organisational culture. She brings a truly unique perspective to teams and innovation as she combines her academic excellence, research and facilitation skills with real world, commercial business experience in the transport sector and beyond.
James Holmes – Chief Information Officer, North of England P&I
James Holmes is Chief Information Officer (CIO) of North Group, a Newcastle-based leading mutual maritime liability insurer with a global branch office network. North’s IT Department uses a range of modern technology to support over 350 staff across the globe on a 24/7 basis, enabling the shipowners we insure to trade. James is currently working with North P&I Club’s leadership team to deliver a business transformation programme and a newly formed IT strategy, to support the future direction of the business.
Craig Hays– Security Architect, Greencore Group
Craig Hays is the Security Architect at Greencore Group PLC, a leading manufacturer and distributor of convenience foods. Craig is responsible for cyber security at 47 sites around the UK and Ireland. Prior to this, Craig worked for the Marine and Fisheries Agency/Marine Management Organisation before joining and scaling an IoT/Fintech company from startup to acquisition for £105m.
Andrew Tierney – Hardware Team Leader, Pen Test Partners
Andrew leads the hardware team at Pen Test Partners. He covers all systems that aren’t general purpose computers: IoT, phones, cars, ships, planes and industrial control. On the offensive side, he has spent many years reverse engineering, researching and finding vulnerabilities in these systems. On the defensive side, he takes the knowledge gained from research and advises companies on how to build secure products. This ranges from the nitty-gritty of securing devices against physical attack, through to developing complete connected platforms that make use of defence-in-depth so that they can stay secure through the entire lifecycle of the product. He trains people how to attack and defend hardware, with customers ranging from medical device manufacturers through to police forensics teams.
Phil Jackman – Director, Dynamo North East; Director, Guerrilla Working
Guerrilla Worker, strategic thinker, occasional maverick and reluctant over-achiever with an interest in culture change, creative opportunities and regional development. Director of Guerrilla Working Ltd consultancy working at the point where technology meets the organisation’s people. Director of Dynamo North East an industry-led initiative focusing on growing the tech sector in the North East. Leading on CyberNorth cyber cluster including the delivery of #CyberFest. Director of North East Initiative on Business Ethics, working to make the North East the most ethical place to do business.
Ian Blake – Head of Information technology, Port of Tyne
Ian is the Head of Information Technology at the Port of Tyne and has over 20 years’ experience in the Maritime sector. He is responsible for IT strategy, security and governance, IT infrastructure and IT services across all areas of the Port. In addition to his IT role, Ian is one of the leads for the 2050 Innovation Hub, which is the UK’s first Maritime Innovation Hub which connects businesses and academia from diverse industries to collaborate and create solutions for the maritime and logistics sectors.