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Sharon Barber

Sharon Barber

Group Chief Security Officer, Lloyds Banking Group

Sharon was appointed the Lloyds Banking Group Chief Security Officer in September 2017, bringing together security governance, assurance, monitoring and incident management into a single function with Group wide accountabilities.

Her main focus for security is to continue laying the right foundations to keep pace with the constantly evolving threat landscape and ensuring security has the best people capability, processes and technology to effectively manage security risk, enabling sustainable growth of our increasingly digital businesses.

Sharon joined Lloyds Bank in 1985 and has held roles including IT Security Director, IT Cyber Security & Risk Director and IT Cyber Security & Major Risk Programmes Director which, alongside her IT Cyber Security responsibilities, saw her managing major IT risk reduction programmes covering Cyber, Technology Currency and IT Resilience.

 

David Black

David Black

Consultant, ID Crowd

David Black is a consultant with ID Crowd who specialise in mitigating business and technology risks relating to identity, thereby helping clients understand how they can better trust their customers and businesses they transact with.

He has developed a reputation for the successful delivery of innovative solutions through the provision of thought leadership and the assurance of major world class trust ecosystems. Until recently David was a key member of the GOV.UK Verify program having been onboard from its inception. David also contributed to HMG consultations on age verification and has defined strategies for the resolution of biographic matching in large population scale datasets.

  

Andy ChandlerAndy Chandler

Senior Vice President, Blueliv

Andy is a Senior VP at Blueliv, Europe’s leading threat intelligence business headquartered in Barcelona. Over the past 10 years he has been at the frontline of some of the largest cyber attacks and the subsequent law enforcement investigations, including working closely with organizations such as the FBI, USSS, & BKA

With over 25 years in the Technology & Security industry and previous to this he was a serving member of HM forces. 

 

John ElliottJohn Elliott

Data Protection Specialist

John Elliott is a respected cybersecurity, payments and privacy specialist. He helps organizations balance risk and regulation with business needs. He is fascinated with how you ask other entities—whether that’s people or organizations—to do security and privacy things, and then how you gain assurance that those things are being done.

A passionate and innovative communicator, he frequently presents at conferences, online and in boardrooms. Elliott is a Chartered Fellow of the BCS; has an LLM in information rights law; holds professional certifications in risk, privacy, payments and security; and is a Pluralsight Author. @withoutfire


Sian JohnSiân John

Chief Security Advisor, Northern Europe, Microsoft

Siân is Chief Security Advisor for the UK and Nordics in the enterprise cybersecurity group at Microsoft. Siân has been in the security industry for over 20 years, both as a security architect and as an independent security consultant, working on projects to map customers’ business requirements to security solutions. She is a frequent speaker at industry events and a media commentator on a range of security-related topics.

Siân works with Microsoft’s customers to help them to develop their cyber security strategy, security best practices and to understand how Microsoft’s technology and services can help support digital transformation and cloud services. She was awarded an MBE in the Queens New Years Honours List for 2018 for services to Cybersecurity.


Julia_KnechtJulia Knecht

Manager, Security & Privacy Architecture, Adobe

Julia Knecht is the manager for Security and Privacy Architecture of Adobe Experience Cloud. She created and is responsible for the Secure Product Lifecycle (SPLC) implementation for Experience Cloud. She also developed and manages a robust Security Champions program for Experience Cloud which has been running successfully for three years. Most recently she has been leading delivery of GDPR requirements and execution of product features to support GDPR in Experience Cloud. She has been at Adobe for over 7 years. She has a BS and MS in management information systems (MIS) from Brigham Young University.  @JuliaaMarieee

 

James LyneJames Lyne

Head of R&D, SANS Institute

James Lyne serves as Global Research Advisor at Sophos. Lyne has been among the most trusted technical advisers on cybersecurity in the UK for more than a decade and was routinely called in to handle severe incidents. He is an exceptional Speaker, delighting audiences at programs ranging from TED to RSA Conference to some of SANS’ most advanced technical immersion courses. Lyne is the Creator of CyberStart, the remarkable game that finds talent (even when no one else sees it), nurtures that talent, and excites the players to want to go on to greater challenges and to make a difference in careers in cybersecurity.  @jameslyne

 

Jim A SheildsJim A. Shields

Creative Director, Twist & Shout Media Ltd

Jim Shields makes fun of Information Security. That’s why people take him so seriously when it comes to user awareness and behaviour. After 25 years running a successful independent film production company, he’s learned a thing or two about what makes people tick, and more recently (say, 11 years) he’s applied the dynamics of comedy to the problem of getting the attention of employees, and persuading them to change their ways.

He has created security awareness campaigns for Barclays, Sony, Warner bros (three years running), Alcatel-Lucent, News International, Symantec, Verizon and Estee Lauder – among others. Two years ago he created “Restricted Intelligence” – the world’s first sitcom about information security, now used worldwide by some of the biggest brands on the planet.

His campaigns have won awards in both the security industry and the communications world, and he practices improvised comedy whenever he can because he believes everyone should “put themselves in harm’s way” at least once a month.

Jim lives in leafy north-west Leicestershire, with his long-suffering wife and two hilarious young children.

 

Emma SmithEmma Smith

Group Technology Security Director, Vodafone Group plc

Emma Smith joined Vodafone in 2015 as Group Technology Security Director, responsible for all aspects of information and cybersecurity. Smith is passionate about security. Specifically, about evolving security to protect customers against changing threats and the opportunity to contribute to improving the safety of the communities we operate in.

Prior to joining Vodafone, Smith was Security Director and CISO at the Royal Bank of Scotland for seven years. In her role, she was responsible for fraud prevention, information and cybersecurity, intelligence, physical security, business resilience and records management. Before that, she held a number of leadership positions within the Group Internal Audit team at RBS and Royal Mail.


Teresa WalshTeresa Walsh

Global Head of Intelligence, Financial Service Information Sharing and Analysis Centre (FS-ISAC)

Teresa Walsh is the Global Head of Intelligence for the Financial Service Information Sharing and Analysis Centre (FS-ISAC) and based in London. FS-ISAC’s membership constitutes over 7,000 financial services firms across 44 countries. Teresa’s team produces finished intelligence products, including written reports and calls, for members and works with government and law enforcement partners to further understanding on the threats impacting the industry. Prior to working for FS-ISAC, Teresa spent over six years in the sector with Citibank and JP Morgan Chase as part of their threat intelligence teams. Teresa started her career with the US Defence Department, working as an intelligence analyst for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and then Booz Allen Hamilton.

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