This half-day event at The Curve will focus on cyber security in changing business models and explore how integrated business communities and supply chains have come together to address these challenges and opportunities.

Among others you will hear from Tim Moran from Lujam who will talk about monitoring across supply chains, Siobhan Fenton; Associate Dean in the School of Computing and Digital Technologies at Teesside University about the contribution the university is making and Lynsey Robinson from Digital City who are working to bring technology and business together.

Kate Baucherel from Galiadigital will give us a fascinating insight into making cyber security accessible through fiction, followed by Sapphire, a local security services provider who will pose the question is cyber a threat or an opportunity?

The morning will be rounded off with a panel discussion on cyber in a changing business model and harnessing any opportunities, lead by Jamie Hardesty from Technation. 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.

Please see the below agenda for the day and more information on our speakers:

08:30 – 09:15


Arrival, Registration & Exhibition


09:15 – 09:30 Welcome

Phil Jackman, Dynamo North East

Andy Preston, Mayor of Middlesbrough

Lynsey Robinson, Digital City


09:30 – 10:10


Tim Moran, Lujam – The NCSC Cyber Accelerator Programme

Kate Baucherel, Galiadigital – Making cybersecurity accessible through fiction


10:10 – 11:00 Tom Johnson, Ingrata:sec – What a year since #CyberFest 2018

Prof Alamgir Hossain, Teesside University – Artificial Intelligence and cyber security

Phil Jackman, Dynamo North East – Growing Regional Cyber Opportunity


11:00 – 11:30



Break & Exhibition


11:30 – 12:50 Mike Gibson, Protirus – Data Loss Prevention – Service Architecture and Deployment – Notes from the field

David Parkinson, Sapphire – Cyber, threat or opportunity?

Panel: Cyber in a changing business model – harnessing opportunities

Jamie Hardesty, Technation

David Parkinson, Sapphire

Tim Moran, Lujam

Kate Baucherel, Galiadigital

Mike Gibson, Protirus

Andy Preston

Andy was elected Mayor of Middlesbrough in May 2019 and is politically independent.  As Mayor, Andy is ultimately responsible for Middlesbrough’s budget of circa £360m and all of Middlesbrough’s economic, social and political progress.

Andy’s passionate about inspiring ambition and making sure that prosperity is shared fairly across all communities.  Since 2002 Andy’s actively supported and promoted social inclusion via charities such as Fairbridge Teesside and The Princes Trust.  In 2010 he founded a new charity; The Middlesbrough & Teesside Philanthropic Foundation and followed up on this by establishing national charity CEO Sleepout in 2014 and a social enterprise restaurant called The Fork In The Road in 2016.

After a successful career in investment banking and fund management Andy returned to North East England and has helped new businesses to launch and prosper.

Andy is married with two young sons and holds an MA from Edinburgh University.

Tim Moran

Tim is the Founder and CEO of LuJam Cyber. An ex Cold War Submariner, he now has 30 years’ experience in IT Networking, Cyber Security and Cyber Intelligence. Tim previously held senior sales management roles within the finance sector at Cisco, Juniper and VeriSign before entering the world of start-ups in 2009. Gaining valuable experience in three early stage cyber businesses, Tim decided to go it alone founding LuJam Cyber in 2014. Using cloud based data science, LuJam provides jargon free, active cyber protection, risk and compliance solutions for Managed Service Providers targeted at their customers. These include small businesses, charities, supply chains and in some cases home workers and networks of IoT/IIoT.

Kate Baucherel

Kate’s first job was with an IBM business partner in Denver back when the AS/400 was a really cool piece of hardware and the World Wide Web didn’t exist, and she has held senior technical and financial roles in businesses across multiple sectors.

She is a published author, speaker and occasional broadcaster with a passion for communicating the complex in an easily digestible fashion. Alongside non-fiction work on digital business, blockchain and cryptocurrency, her SimCavalier novels and short stories bring cybersecurity and emerging technology into near-future London, packing real-world best practice and cautionary tales into intricate plots. You can find out more at www.katebaucherel.com

Mike Gibson

Mike has worked in IT since 1995 and left Symantec; the largest IT security vendor in 2007 to co-found Protirus in Newcastle. Current roles include business development, program architecture as well as developing Protirus strategy and the day to day running of the business.

Protirus provide professional services that specialise in designing and deploying integrated security services, with a strong development capability. Having delivered projects for over a quarter of FTSE 100 Protirus are rapidly expanding into Europe, with current projects in France, Switzerland, Spain and Norway.

David Parkinson

David is part of Sapphire’s Security Consultancy team, working with a range of clients across the UK.  Through his career David has held technical, consultancy, leadership and commercial roles within industry, cyber security vendor and service providers.  David has particular interests in securing mobile device usage, and in helping organisations to embrace a culture of effective cyber security.

Jamie Hardesty

Jamie is the Entrepreneur Engagement Manager for Tech Nation in the North East, supporting tech founders in the region and championing the sector through content, data and connections. Prior to joining Tech Nation he was the Editor of digital business news publication Bdaily, where he again worked to raise the profile of both the businesses and potential that the North East has to offer.

Lynsey Robinson

Lynsey is Director of DigitalCity.  She leads a business-focused team whose remit is to promote and develop strong and productive relationships in the digital sector, working across academic schools and externally with private, public and third sector organisations.

She is responsible for leading strategic development and service delivery for digital businesses across Tees Valley.  Working with SME’s across a range of technologies and sub-sectors supporting innovation from R&D to commercialisation.

Lynsey has considerable experience working across a range of agendas within both the public and private sector and has a significant track record of complex programme, project and contract management.  She has worked with various female entrepreneur networking groups, supporting digital leaders and role models in the sector.

Previous experience  includes One NorthEast, Yorkshire Forward and RTC.

Phil Jackman

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, Dynamo North East an industry-led initiative focusing on growing the tech sector in the North East, North East Initiative on Business Ethics, working to make the North East the most ethical place to do business.

Leading on CyberNorth cyber cluster including the delivery of #CyberFest. Experience of working in both the private and public sectors. Find out more at https://guerrillaworking.com/about-me/


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