Colonel (Retd) John Doody FBCS FCMI CITP IISP MIOD

Industry Expert, British Computer Society

John Doody is cyber lead for BCS Security. John served at CESG/GCHQ for 10 years in the appointment of Head of Information Assurance Customer Services.

He has a wealth of knowledge across the whole spectrum of Information Assurance. In this latter appointment he was a major contributor to CESG’s move to a commercial business footing. He also has a major role as a Non Executive Director to a security company as well as providing Strategic Advice to a number of major UK and US IT Security companies. John is a retired officer of the UK Royal Corps of Signals, a Corps in which he served for 33 years to the rank of Colonel. John has chaired many international committees dealing with Information Assurance, communications and interoperability. John is well known on the national and international

Cyber/ Information Assurance Conference circuit where he has chaired many events and has given many talks on Information Assurance.

He was recently re-appointed as an International Class Director for Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) International (Fairfax Virginia USA).

He was elevated to the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame in 2012. 

Keynote speaker

Edward Snowden

Former Intelligence Officer & Whistleblower,

Edward Snowden is an American intelligence contractor who in 2013 revealed the existence of secret wide-ranging information-gathering programs conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA). Snowden was born in North Carolina but at a young age his family moved to central Maryland, a short distance from NSA headquarters at Fort Meade. He dropped out of high school and studied intermittently between 1999 and 2005 at a community college. Snowden completed a GED but did not receive a college degree. In 2004 he enlisted in the army reserve as a special forces candidate, but he was discharged four months later. In 2005 he worked as a security guard at the Center for Advanced Study of Language, a University of Maryland research facility affiliated with the NSA. Despite a relative lack of formal education and training, Snowden demonstrated an aptitude with computers, and he was hired by the Central Intelligence Agency in 2006. He was given a top secret clearance and in 2007 was posted to Geneva, where he worked as a network security technician under a diplomatic cover. Snowden left the CIA for the NSA in 2009, there he worked as a private contractor for the companies Dell and Booz Allen Hamilton. During this time, he began gathering information on a number of NSA activities—most notably, secret surveillance programs that he believed were overly broad in size and scope. In May 2013 Snowden requested a medical leave of absence and flew to Hong Kong, where during the following month he conducted a series of interviews with journalists from the newspaper The Guardian. Among the NSA secrets leaked by Snowden was a court order that compelled telecommunications company Verizon to turn over metadata (such as numbers dialed and duration of calls) for millions of its subscribers. Snowden also disclosed the existence of PRISM, a data-mining program that reportedly gave the NSA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Government Communications Headquarters—Britain’s NSA equivalent—“direct access” to the servers of such Internet giants as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Apple. On June 9, 2013, days after stories were initially published in The Guardian and The Washington Post without revealing the identity of their source, Snowden came forward, stating that he felt no need to hide because he had done nothing wrong. In a subsequent interview with the South China Morning Post, he claimed that the NSA had been hacking into Chinese computers since 2009 and that he had taken a job with Booz Allen Hamilton expressly to obtain information about secret NSA activities. The U.S. charged Snowden with espionage on June 14, and Justice Department officials, including Attorney General Eric Holder, began negotiating with authorities in Hong Kong in an attempt to initiate extradition procedures. The Hong Kong government declined to act, and Snowden, with the assistance of the media organization WikiLeaks, flew to Moscow, where his exact whereabouts became the source of intense speculation. Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin confirmed that Snowden, whose passport had been revoked by the U.S., remained within the confines of the international transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport. Putin resolutely stated that Russia would take no part in his extradition to the United States, and Snowden applied for asylum in some 20 countries, including Russia. Putin also made clear that he did not wish for Snowden’s presence to damage relations with the United States, and he said that if Snowden wished to remain in Russia, “he must stop his work aimed at bringing harm to our American partners.” After having spent more than a month in the Sheremetyevo transit zone, Snowden was granted temporary refugee status by Russia, and he left the airport in the company of a WikiLeaks staffer. Although U.S. Pres. Barack Obama was critical of Snowden’s methods, in August 2013 he announced the creation of an independent panel to examine the U.S. government’s surveillance practices. That panel’s findings, published in December 2013, recommended that the mass collection of telephone records be suspended and advised greater oversight of sensitive programs, such as those targeting friendly foreign leaders. Obama acted on a number of these suggestions and recommended congressional review of others, but the role of the NSA and its data-collection efforts remained a bone of contention between the intelligence community and privacy advocates. In April 2014 The Guardian U.S. and The Washington Post were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service for their roles in reporting on the NSA leaks. Snowden characterized the award as “a vindication” of his efforts to bring the secret surveillance programs to light. In August 2014, as Snowden’s grant of temporary asylum expired, the Russian government awarded him a three-year residence permit (effective August 1), which would allow him to leave the country for up to three months. He was also granted the opportunity to request an extension of that permit and, after five years of residence, to apply for Russian citizenship should he choose to do so.Snowden is the subject of two major films - Citizenfour, a documentary which won the Academy 2015 Award for Best Documentary Feature and the upcoming film, Snowden a biographical political thriller based on the book, The Snowden Files by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena. Snowden is being produced and directed by Academy Award-winner Oliver Stone and will be released in early 2016.
Topics: • Mass Surveillance, Secrecy & Democracy: When Data Collection Becomes a Threat to Free Societies • Restoring Trust: How To Solve The Next Generation of Privacy & Security Dilemmas • National Security Agency or National Surveillance Agency: Our Cyber Defenses Examined


Keynote speaker

Chris Roberts

Hacker and Researcher Geek in Residence, Hillbilly Hit Squad,

Chris has founded or worked with a number of companies specializing in DarkNet research, intelligence gathering, cryptography, deception technologies, and providers of security services and threat intelligence.
Since the late 90’s Chris has been deeply involved with security R&D, consulting, and advisory services in his quest to protect and defend businesses and individuals against cyber attack. Prior to that he jumped out of planes for a living, visiting all sorts of interesting countries and cultures while doing his best to avoid getting shot at too often. (Before that he managed to get various computers confiscated by a number of European entities.)
Roberts is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on counter threat intelligence and vulnerability research within the Information Security industry.
Roberts has led or been involved in information security assessments and engagements for the better part of 20 years, and has a wealth of experience with regulations such as GLBA, HIPAA, HITECH, FISMA, and NERC/FERC.  He has also worked with government, state and federal authorities on standards such as CMS, ISO, and NIST.
Roberts is credentialed in many of the top IT and information security disciplines and as a CyberSecurity advocate and passionate industry voice, Roberts is regularly featured in national newspapers, television news, industry publications and several documentaries. He can typically be found waving arms on a stage somewhere on this planet…or hacking into whatever’s taken his fancy…
As one of the well-known hackers and researchers, Chris is routinely invited to speak at industry conferences. CNN, The Washington Post, WIRED, Business Insider, USA Today, Forbes, Newsweek, BBC News, Wall Street Journal, and numerous others have covered him in the media.
And worst case, to jog the memory, Chris was the researcher who gained global attention in 2015 for demonstrating the linkage between various aviation systems, both on the ground and while in the air that allowed the exploitation of attacks against flight control system

Keynote speaker

Brett Johnson

The Original Internet Godfather,

Former United States Most Wanted, Brett “GOllumfun” Johnson, referred to by the United States Secret Service as “The Original Internet Godfather” has been a central figure in the cybercrime world for almost 20 years. Mr Johnson built and was leader of ShadowCrew, the precursor to today’s darknet markets. He was instrumental in developing many areas of online fraud while helping design, implement, and refine modern Identity Theft, Account Take Over Fraud, Card Not Present Fraud, IRS Tax Fraud, and countless other social engineering attacks, breaches, and hacking operations.
Upon his capture, the United States Secret Service hired Mr Johnson to work as a consultant and informant. Johnson worked with the Secret Service for several months before going on a cross country crime spree, being placed on the US Most Wanted List, being captured again, sent to prison, escaping prison, being captured yet again, and finally accepting responsibility for his actions.
Today, Brett works as a security consultant and public speaker. He has worked with groups such as the FBI, Microsoft, eMailage, NextCaller,IDology, AARP, BBWest, TIB, The ACFE, The Card Not Present Group, The Identity Theft Resource Council, PRO, Universities, and many others.
Brett has been featured on numerous media outlets, most recently NBC, CNN Money, ArsTechnica, The Independent, RT TV, and more.
Mr. Johnson can be contacted via

Keynote speaker

Geoff White

Author Of The Dark Web ,

Ever wondered how the latest developments in technology are affecting our world? Geoff White has. He dives deep into these issues as an accomplished keynote speaker and prolific writer, having spoken on panels and chaired debates at venues ranging from London's Chatham House think-tank to the Latitude music festival. His reports for Channel 4 News and BBC Radio 4 aim to create real-world change, with a particular focus on e-crime and cybersecurity: his words have brought about arrests, regulatory investigations and legislative action. Geoff also created the Data Baby project, a unique experiment which used a fictional online identity to expose how our personal data is being used - and abused - online. He recently completed a 10-part series delving into the shadow dark web economy that feeds on stolen personal data, hacked computers and corporate incompetence. He is also the co-creator of The Secret Life of Your Mobile Phone, a live, interactive phone hacking stage performance which shows how the global technology industry is harvesting the data leaking from your handset.


Sandip Patel QC

Chairman of Cybercrime Practitioners Association.,

Sandip Patel QC is a Barrister with an impressive domestic and international practice in civil and criminal litigation with particular emphasis on international regulatory cases. Sandip has been at the forefront of prosecutions involving ‘cybercrime’. Sandip regularly represents individuals, businesses and Governments in complex disputes that have an overlap between criminal and civil law especially in the arena of fraud and tax evasion. Sandip has advised in matters in the Middle East, India, Europe and the Caribbean.

In the “Leading silks” list, The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2016’s guide to outstanding silks nationwide said this about Sandip, “He has a pleasing and reassuring courtroom manner”, “a very good all-round advocate, who is quick on his feet in court” Legal 500 2017.

International Arbitration

Sandip advises and represents public and private entities on contentious and non-contentious international commercial disputes conducted under the rules of various institutions (ICSID, ICC, HKIAC, LCIA) and ad hoc proceedings under the UNCITRAL Rules within civil law and common-law jurisdictions, in particular, India.


Sandip has been at the forefront of cases involving ‘cybercrime and cyber security’. Sandip has been involved in the most high-profile cybercrime cases involving fraud, deception, money laundering and organised crime. Sandip has acted in famous cases such as the “Facebook Hacker”, ‘Anonymous’ prosecutions for computer hacking involving PayPal and Visa and for computer hacking into UK and US Government websites for agencies such as the CIA and FBI in the US and National Crime Agency, National Health Service and Ministry of Defence in the UK. In addition, Sandip has been involved in cases of serious and organised fraud and money laundering on the ‘Dark Web’.

Sandip has intricate knowledge of cases involving cybercrime especially from the issue of admissibility of evidence. Sandip is a contributor to the leading text book namely: Electronic Evidence, 3rd Edition, Stephen Mason. In addition, Sandip lectures regularly on cybercrime and has trained law enforcement officials both in the UK and abroad including advising the Police in the Republic of Grenada on the formation of a cybercrime unit with focus on policies and procedures.

Sandip is the Chairman of Cybercrime Practitioners Association.

Data Breach & Protection

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is scheduled to come into force on 25 May 2018, and replaces the UK’s Data Protection Act 1998. The GDPR imposes more stringent levels of accountability and will apply to all organisations worldwide that process the personal data of EU citizens.

Sandip provides expert advice and training to organisations in order that they fully understand the implications of the GDPR; how they may be affected and how to prepare. He also assists in the auditing of current processes and policies, and provides guidance how to improve data protection compliance in time for GDPR implementation.

Sandip is routinely asked to speak at conferences, and recently gave presentations on the GDPR to industry leaders and lawyers in England, Scotland and Israel.

Sandip heads the Data Protection team at Scarmans.


Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)
Bar Association for Commerce, Finance & Industry Caribbean Lawyer Network
International Criminal Lawyers Association Cyber Defence Forum
Anti-Corruption Professionals Network
PwC Fraud Group
Chairman of Cybercrime Practitioners Association.

Seminar speaker

David Emm

Senior Security Researcher, Kaspersky

David joined Kaspersky Lab in 2004. He is a member of the company's Global Research and Analysis Team and has worked in the anti-malware industry since 1990 in a variety of roles, including that of Senior Technology Consultant at Dr Solomon's Software, and Systems Engineer and Product Manager at McAfee.

In his current role, David regularly delivers presentations on malware and other IT security threats at industry events, highlighting what organisations and consumers can do to stay safe online. He also provides comment to broadcast and print media on the ever-changing cyber-security and threat landscape. David has a strong interest in malware, ID theft and the human aspects of security, and is a knowledgeable advisor on all aspects of online security.

David is regularly mentioned in national print press as a cyber-security expert and has a wealth of experience in being filmed for such programmes as Good Morning Britain and BBC News.

Keynote speaker

Darren Thomson

CTO & Vice President, EMEA Region , Symantec

Darren Thomson is CTO & Vice President for the EMEA Region at Symantec, responsible for delivering technical strategy for customers and partners across the region. Darren heads the CTO office, driving the liaison between the global Research Labs, Symantec Ventures and the field organisation in EMEA. Since joining Symantec in July 2003, Darren has led various groups including global services practices covering Business Continuity Management, Storage & Data Management and Cloud Computing. He also led Symantec’s marketing strategy across the EMEA region. Prior to joining Symantec, Darren was Group Technical Strategist of The Morse Group, a pan-European systems integrator focused on the design and implementation of critical I.T. systems in the Financial Services, Telco and Media sectors. Darren’s background includes software engineering, hardware design and consulting. He is qualified in ITIL, CoBIT, Management of Risk (MoR), CISSP and Social Psychology. He is a regular contributor to various publications, podcasts, television and radio programmes across the region, and a published writer. His latest works include a book on “Delivery Utility Computing: Business Driven IT Optimization” (ISBN 0-470-01576-4). Darren also serves as a Non-Executive Director on the board of TeenTech to promote STEM fields in schools and attracting more women to the security industry.

Seminar speaker

Steven Broadwell

Senior Principal Security Engineer, Symantec

Steve is a Senior Principal Security Engineer at Symantec who, as a subject matter expert regularly engages with large global companies to deliver technical security briefings on threat and information protection throughout the Cyber landscape. He has over 19 years’ experience in supporting, securing, designing and creating successful solutions that deliver value to customers in different industries throughout the world.


Tarun Samtani

Data Protection Officer, Boden Group

Tarun Samtani is the Group Data Protection Officer for Boden Group. Boden is a British clothing multi channel retailer selling online, by mail order and with a high street presence. Boden sells in several marketsacross UK, Europe, US, Asia and Australia.  Tarun holds over 20+ years of experience across various sectors like Telecommunications, ISP's, Financial Services, Gambling, Retail and most recently Pharmaceuticals. Tarun has worked across UK, Europe, Asia & Middle East on different assignments. 

He has a wealth of experience in Cyber security & Data privacy and is passionate about securing business information landscape. During the course of his career Tarun has been involved in the strategy & planning, design, architecture and implementation of a significant number of information security programmes. 

His specialisations include strategic board advisory, building roadmaps planning through delivery of security / privacy programmes including Building a security aware culture, Data Security, GDPR and Data loss prevention.

Seminar speaker

Suzan Sakarya

Sales Director, Wandera

Suzan is currently a Director at Wandera leading the UK&I sales team and has worked in security for over 10 years. Throughout this time, the mobility and security landscape has evolved exponentially and Suzan has helped organisations globally to secure their employee’s endpoints from threats while helping to increase productivity.  Organisations use Wandera to protect their data from mobile threats, optimise data usage to reduce costs, and gain real-time intelligence on data usage. Wandera works with more than 500 global enterprises including Deloitte, KPMG, Bloomberg and Santander, and has been recognised by leading analysts for its leading Mobile Threat Defence capabilities.

Keynote speaker

Dave Palmer

Director of Technology, Darktrace

Dave Palmer is the Director of Technology at Darktrace, overseeing the mathematics and engineering teams and project strategies. With over ten years of experience at the forefront of government intelligence operations, Palmer has worked across UK intelligence agencies GCHQ & MI5, where he delivered mission-critical infrastructure services, including the replacement and security of entire global networks, the development of operational internet capabilities and the management of critical disaster recovery incidents. He holds a first-class degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering from the University of Birmingham.

Keynote speaker

Etienne Greeff

CTO & Founder, SecureData

Etienne is one of the early pioneers of the information security industry. He has spent over 20 years promoting the innovative use of technology and services to solve complex customer issues: founding, growing and successfully exiting a number of information security businesses. As CTO of SecureData, Etienne is passionate about cementing its status as a complete security services provider. He is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa with a BSc in Electrical Engineering.


Jonny Tennysonn

Head of Customer Success , Zonefox

As Head of Customer Success at ZoneFox, Jonny brings a customer-first attitude to a rapidly growing and exciting, channel-focused organisation.
Having spent his career entirely within the technology sector in customer-focused roles, Jonny brings a passion for technology and helping customers to succeed to ZoneFox, helping ZoneFox’s varied client base make the best of their unique, endpoint-focused UEBA technology.
During his career, Jonny has been at the forefront as an ambassador for many blue-chip brands, helping Intel’s Tier-1 customers see success with their solutions, helping SolarWinds MSP’s largest MSP partners drive additional revenue and drive down their cost of service through successful solution deployment and revenue strategies, as well as being the face of brands such as Samsung, Sony and HP to customers within the UK.

Seminar speaker

Marc Woolward

CTO, vArmour (Securicom)

Marc has over 30 years of experience in mission critical infrastructure and software-defined networks. Marc joined vArmour as CTO in February, 2015. Prior to this role he was a Technology Fellow and the CTO for Networking and Telecommunications at Goldman Sachs. He served as a member of the Technical Advisory Group and as the founder and leader of the Security Working Group within the Open Networking Foundation (ONF). Earlier in his career he managed infrastructure at Cantor Fitzgerald and Coutts & Co. Marc has a decade’s worth of experience architecting and implementing datacenter software automation, and private cloud architectures. Marc is currently British and Worldcup Masters Surfkayak Champion and has represented England at the international level for several years.

Seminar speaker

Oliver Pinson-Roxburgh

Managing Director, Bulletproof

Oli Pinson-Roxburgh has been in the security industry for over 15 years, during which time he’s accumulated extensive experience in SIEM technologies through his work with multiple global vendors. He also has a wealth of wider security experience through various roles, including penetration testing, security and compliance consulting as well as solutions architecture. A thought-leader in his field, Oli leverages his insights through public speaking, regularly partaking in webinars, making several national television appearances and having opinions published in several national publications. In his capacity as Managing Director of Bulletproof, Oli and his team put experience into practice, working with clients to meet the security challenges of tomorrow by driving innovation through Bulletproof’s security products.

Seminar speaker

Michel Bechard

Services & Products Manager, SecureData

Michél Bechard has for many years had specific interest in IT security and the ever-evolving challenges businesses face in this area. He is an active participant on a number of industry specific forums and a member of the British Chartered Institute of IT Practitioners. In addition to various Microsoft accreditations, Michel is also C|EH accredited. Michél brings nearly 20 years of both strategic and tactical hands on technical experience in the information technology and information security industries. He’s worked at senior management level for Comodo Security Solutions Inc, a prominent Managed Services Provider in London, United Kingdom, as an independent consultant, and founded and grew his own information technology services business in his home town of Cape Town, South Africa.

Seminar speaker

Grant Bailey

Channel Sales Engineer, Tenable Network Security

Grant joined Tenable this year to help develop and grow their technical channel program. Prior to coming to Tenable Grant has worked with a number of different IT Vendors across EMEA primarily helping customers be able to embrace and accelerate the adoption of new technologies by understanding and managing the security and risk implications of doing so.

Seminar speaker

Pavel Mucha

Systems Engineer, Cybereason

Pavel Mucha is a Senior Pre-Sales Specialist at Cybereason and one of the good guys working tirelessly to give our customers the upper hand against adversaries.  His experience with Cybereason and McAfee makes him a valuable asset for anybody needing to understand how to defend their organisation against the next generation of cyber threats.  A fluent Russian speaker, in his spare time Pavel collects old Saab cars – we guess somebody has to.  

Seminar speaker

David Atkinson

Founder and CEO, Senseon

David has over fifteen years’ experience working within the UK’s specialist military units and government environments, making him one of the best trained government cyber operatives. He was responsible for designing, delivering and managing a range of specialist techniques and innovative technology to support cyber operations and information security challenges at both the strategic and operational level.

It was during David’s time within government and whilst working alongside CISOs that he realised the current approaches to cyber defence were flawed and that organisations needed a new technology to deal with the increasing velocity of cyber attacks. David has brought together a team of experts that has built a truly unique cyber defence platform. His sense of camaraderie, instilled by his military background, has created a collaborative working culture which is nurtured by an extremely bright, dedicated and most importantly passionate team.

Keynote speaker

Niall MacLeod

Sales Engineering Director, EMEA, Anomali

Niall has been involved in cyber security since the early 2000's, working across sales engineering, consulting and architecture. His first SIEM installation was back in 2004 and other roles have covered securing web-facing infrastructure for government, evaluating disaster recovery plans for an investment bank and PCI audits of retail organisations. Niall joined Anomali in 2016 where he works with innovative platforms addressing threat intelligence. He holds a CISA, a CISSP and was previously a PCI QSA.

Keynote speaker

Himanshu Verma

Director of Product Management, WatchGuard

Himanshu Verma joined WatchGuard in 2016 as director of product management, with a primary focus on delivering WatchGuard products and solutions to the Managed Security Service Providers (MSSP) market. Prior to WatchGuard, he held product management roles for the Enterprise Authentication-as-a-Service division of SafeNet (now Gemalto), a world leader in data protection.
During his time at SafeNet, Himanshu helped transition the Enterprise Authentication business from a traditional on-premise product to a highly successful SaaS solution delivered as a true cloud authentication service. He has extensive experience in both in-bound and out-bound Product Management responsibilities, working with teams to define strategic vision and proactively position products and programs in the market.
Himanshu has also held various roles in Engineering and research and development, working on various information security and data protection technologies. He holds a Bachelors Technology degree in Computer Science and Engineering.

Keynote speaker

Drew Schuil

Vice President of Global Product Strategy , Imperva

Over the last ten years Drew has held a number of key leadership positions at Imperva. In his current role, he serves as product strategist and customer advisor. He speaks at industry events around the globe and at last count has met with Imperva customers in 42 countries in the last three years.

Seminar speaker

Paul Mason

Head Of Education, Secarma

Paul is an ethical hacker and an experienced educator. He has trained many different groups from primary and secondary pupils, head teachers and government officials. Paul advises on policy and compliance, conducts research, presents at international conferences and advises the police and Scottish government on cyber matters.