At this event in Newcastle the National Cyber Security Centre will talk about what the government is doing to combat the threat and meet the opportunities arising from cyber security, a huge growth potential for the region. Tony Smith from Northumbrian Water will talk about balancing the demands of its traditional water distribution business and the new demands of a connected customer. Susan Bell  of Waterstons will highlight the challenges of staying secure in a modern and flexible working environment.

Break out sessions will demonstrate tools to help your business understand the threats and opportunities. The sessions are run twice so you can go to more than one.

In the afternoon, Nick Taylor from Accenture will paint a picture of the North East Cyber Market while Aad Van Moorsel from Newcastle University will bring us up to speed with the emerging trends in cyber.  James Holmes  of North P&I will talk about the real challenges of dealing with cyber in an industry you may never have heard of and finally Caroline Churchill  from Womble Bond Dickinson will head a panel discussion on cyber in a changing world.

This is an exciting and full programme showcasing the real opportunities and solutions that cyber security offers, while demonstrating how the North East region is rising to the challenge.

John Fitzgerald

John heads the School of Computing at Newcastle University. An expert on the design of cyber-physical systems, the impact of his research has been felt in the development of new tools applied commercially in areas as diverse as firmware design and agricultural robotics, and from Europe to Asia. From working as Design and V&V manager in a successful start-up,  he came back to academia in 2003 and later led for the School on the design of the multi-award winning Urban Sciences Building – the first major university building at Newcastle Helix and now the home of three national research centres and two centres for doctoral training in tech sectors.

Aad Van Moorsel

Aad is Professor at the School of Computing, Newcastle University. He worked in industry from 1996 until 2003, first as a researcher at Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies in Murray Hill and then as a research manager at Hewlett-Packard Labs in Palo Alto, both in the United States.
He got his PhD in computer science from Universiteit Twente in The Netherlands and has a Masters in mathematics from Universiteit Leiden, also in The Netherlands. After finishing his PhD he was a postdoc at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA, for two years.

He is the author of about 200 peer-reviewed research papers, and holds three US patents. His research group at Newcastle University conducts research in security, privacy and trust, with applications in payment, blockchain and smart systems. All the group’s research contains elements of quantification, be it through system measurement, predictive modelling or on-line adaptation.

Caroline Churchill

Caroline specialises in non-contentious commercial, technology and data protection work and manages the firm’s technology practice in the North East. Her practice involves advising on a wide variety of commercial contracts including distribution, agency and franchising arrangements, contractual joint ventures, terms and conditions of supply, licensing and manufacturing arrangements, outsourcing agreements (IT and BPO), cloud computing, systems integration, general IP and e-commerce.

As an experienced practitioner of data protection law, Caroline advises clients across a range of sectors on all aspects of compliance within data protection, cybersecurity and privacy law.

James Holmes

North P&I Club is a leading mutual maritime liability insurer based in Newcastle upon Tyne with regional offices in China (Hong Kong and Shanghai), Greece, Ireland, Japan, Singapore and the USA. 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 Holmes, CIO, is currently working with the company’s leadership team to deliver a business transformation programme and a newly formed IT strategy, to support the future direction of the business.

The maritime industry is not immune to cyber threats and James will share with you how the team are managing cyber security in a global business.

Nick Taylor

Nick leads the Accenture Security Group for UKI. From the onset of his career as a Rocket Motor and Explosives Engineer, he has loved to explore, fix and build.  In his role as Managing Director of Accenture Security for the UK and Ireland, he has worked with many clients to help them navigate the changes in their Security capabilities to become more resilient, which spans strategic consulting, proactive risk management and digital identity to cyber defence, response and remediation services and managed security services – across all industries.

Nick has spent more than 23 years at Accenture and led many practices including: Strategy UKI, Digital UKI, ASEAN Technology, APAC Emerging Technology, Korea Technology, Infrastructure Consulting UKI, Strategic IT Effectiveness (SITE) UKI.

Selina Woodrow

Selina is part of Accenture’s Advanced Technology Centre in Newcastle, working as a Growth Lead she has a passion for helping businesses rise to the challenge and explore the solutions that cyber security offers them.  Having worked for Accenture in Newcastle for the past 8 years, Selina has seen first-hand the growth of the North East Technology sector and is excited to see how the region continues to rise to new challenges.

Susan Bell

Susan has enjoyed 27 years in Business and Technology and has found her calling at Waterstons Ltd as the CEO. Originally from the North East, Susan started her career as a graduate at the Newcastle based Prescription Pricing Authority where she cut her teeth as an analyst programmer. Progressing to First Direct before moving to UBS Investment Bank for 12 years, succeeding to Executive Director and managing extensive global change programmes.

Settling back in the region, Waterstons was the company of choice for Susan: the talented people, progressive culture, impressive customer base and unwavering focus on delivering value to customers through creative solutions drive the passion in the business. Together, these have also successfully delivered year-on-year profitable growth.

Andrew Lynn

Andrew joined SRM in 2008 and is Lead Consultant for the Test and Exercise service. He has worked in Information Security for over 20 years. In this time, Andrew has achieved a range of qualifications and developed unrivalled knowledge in his field working on high level solutions for clients. During the early part of his career, Andrew was involved in security audit and penetration testing, becoming one of the first CHECK Team Leaders.

In his role as a consultant at SRM, Andrew is involved in assessing practical and effective security management implementations, including risk assessments, policies, procedures and technical control implementation. By taking an holistic approach to a client’s information security strategy, Andrew and his team are able to maintain a focus on business deliverables and add genuine value.

Andrew qualified as a PCI DSS QSA and then went on to become a PA-QSA and a PFI, leading several complex forensic investigations in the card payment arena. Andrew was a CLAS Consultant and qualified under the CCP scheme as a Senior Security and Information Risk Advisor (SIRA). Andrew is currently also an ISO27001 Lead Auditor and holds Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certification.

Patrick Wreglesworth 

Patrick works predominantly on Cyber and IT Resilience engagements across the Public Sector in the UK. Supporting their approach to cyber-risk and resilience, particularly in line with NIS Directive requirements.

Jon Hudson 

Jon works in the Regional Cyber Crime Unit as a Protect Officer having previously been part of the Regional Cybercrime Investigation Team. Jon’s role is underpinned by the requirement to support SMEs in the North East, in particular; providing information and guidance about what is on offer to help businesses achieve better cybersecurity and become less likely to fall victim of common cyber-attacks.

Stewart Hogg

Stew has been working in IT and Information Security for 10 years and has assisted a number of organisations to improve their cyber resilience and achieve security certifications such as Cyber Essentials and ISO 27001. Stew now heads up the Cyber Security team at Waterstons who work to assist organisations to establish best practice security measures which will protect their reputation and critical data from the evolving cyber threat.

Anthony Smith

Anthony Smith (CISSP, CISM) is a Cyber Security professional with 30 years experience. His career started in the RAF working at Whitehall on cryptographic systems. He later managed the teams responsible for the secure IT at the UK’s Primary War Headquarters and Nato North West Europe. Anthony is currently the IS Security Manager at Northumbrian Water with responsibility for all areas of IT and OT Security and is Chairman of the Water-UK IT Security Managers Group.

Charlie Hoult

Charlie is a North East businessman – chair, CEO and shareholder of firms with revenues of some £20m, employing 120 people. Alongside commercial activities, Charlie is the co-founder of tech industry network Dynamo North East, which represents the 42,000 staff and corporates operating in the region with the mission: Grow the North East IT economy through collaboration, innovation, skills and profile.


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