March 29th 2018 | Europa Hotel, Belfast

Speakers

Rik Ferguson

Vice President Security Research, Trend Micro

Rik is one of the leading experts in information security. He is a Special Advisor to Europol EC3, a project leader with the International Cyber Security Prevention Alliance (ICSPA), and Vice Chair of the Centre for Strategic Cyberspace & Security Science.

In April 2011 Rik was inducted into the Infosecurity Hall of Fame.

As a presenter at global industry events such as RSA, Mobile World Congress, Virus Bulletin, RUSI and the e-Crime Congress, Rik addresses the challenges posed by emerging technology and online crime.

He is frequently interviewed by the BBC, CNN, CNBC, Channel 4, Sky News and Al-Jazeera English and is quoted by national newspapers and trade publications throughout the world.

Rik writes the Countermeasures blog and is the lead spokesperson for Trend Micro, he also writes regular columns for CIO, ZDNet, T3 and several other European publications.

In this position, Rik is actively engaged in research into online threats and the underground economy.

He also researches the wider implications of new developments in the Information technology arena and their impact on security both for consumers and in the enterprise.

With over twenty years experience in information security, Rik has been with Trend Micro since 2007.

Prior to assuming his current role he served as Security Infrastructure Specialist at EDS where he led the security design work for government projects related to justice and law enforcement and as Senior Product Engineer at McAfee focused on network security, intrusion prevention, encryption and content filtering.

Rik Ferguson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wales and is a Certified Ethical Hacker and CISSP-ISSAP in good standing.

Prof. Kevin Curran

Professor of Cyber Security, Ulster University

Kevin Curran is a Professor of Cyber Security, Executive Co-Director of the Legal innovation Centre and group leader of the Ambient Intelligence & Virtual Worlds Research Group at Ulster University. His achievements include winning and managing UK & European Framework projects and Technology Transfer Schemes. Professor Curran has made significant contributions to advancing the knowledge and understanding of computer networks and security, evidenced by over 800 published works. His expertise has been acknowledged by invitations to present his work at international conferences, overseas universities and research laboratories.  He is a regular contributor to print, online, radio & TV news on computing & security issues. He was the recipient of an Engineering and Technology Board Visiting Lectureship for Exceptional Engineers and is an IEEE Public Visibility technical expert since 2008. He currently holds a Royal Academy of Engineering/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship awarded in 2016. Professor Curran’s stature and authority in the international community is demonstrated by his influence, particularly in relation to the direction of research in computer science. He has chaired sessions and participated in the organising committees for many highly-respected international conferences and workshops

Nigel Houlden

Head of Technology Policy, Information Commissioner's Office

Nigel is the Head of Technology Policy for the ICO, he has spent over 30 years in technology, working in various sectors, NHS, Local Government, industry and before joining the ICO was a senior lecturer in computing at Glyndwr University. His PhD is in the Optimization and pseudo optimization of routing algorithms. 

Nigel is passionate about technology, how it is used and how it can change lives. He is a member of the BCS and has held Chartered IT Professional status for 15 years.   

Graeme Stewart

Director of Public Sector, Fortinet UK&I

Graeme has over 20 years’ experience of handling cyber security issues in the Public Sector and has worked across sectors including health, education and defence. He was responsible for McAfee’s overall strategy as it relates to the UK Public Sector on the topic of Cyber Defence, and he now assumes the same role at Fortinet, a security software provider which secures large enterprises and government organisations across the globe.