March 14th 2019 | Titanic Conference Centre, Belfast


Prof. Sakir Sezer

Director of Research and the Head of the Networked System Security at the Centre for Secure Information Technology (CSIT), Queen's University Belfast

Professor Sezer is a respected academic and leading authority in high-performance network processing and Internet security technologies, he has a dual role as Director of Research and Head of the Networked System Security at the Centre for Secure Information Technology (CSIT) at Queen’s University, and as co-founder and CTO for security analytics acceleration company, Titan IC, Belfast.

As well as having published several highly-cited technical papers, his research has led to major advances in the field of high-performance content and security processing spanning cybersecurity related topics in malware, embedded systems, IoT, ICS and network security in collaboration with leading corporations in Silicon Valley US, UK and Korea.

Detective Superintendent Richard Campbell

Strategic Lead for Cybercrime, Police Service of Northern Ireland

D/Supt Richard Campbell has been a police officer for over 26 years. He has been a detective since 2001, initially based in North Belfast and, since 2007, within the PSNI’s Crime Operations Department where, as a Senior Investigating Officer, he has led many high-profile murder, kidnap and terrorism investigations.

On promotion to Detective Superintendent in 2016, Richard worked with the Northern Ireland Office on a project aimed at securing better criminal justice outcomes in terrorism cases. In February 2017, he took up his current post as the Head of Special Investigations, responsible for Cybercrime, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, Kidnap and a number of other specialist units.

Richard holds a BSc (Hons) in Policing and Criminal Justice and an LLB (Hons) in Law. 

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

Frances Fedner

Country Manager, Ireland, Darktrace

Frances is the Ireland sales manager for Darktrace. Prior to opening the Darktrace Dublin office, Frances was one of the early employees hired in the Darktrace New York office and expanded the Darktrace client base throughout the midwest and Canada. As a member of the Darktrace team; Frances works worldwide with a range of large companies to deliver and advise on cyber security solutions.

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.

David Higgins

Director of Strategic Accounts, EMEA, CyberArk

David Higgins is the Director of Strategic Accounts, EMEA at CyberArk. With over 10 years’ experience in Privileged Account Security, David is one of the leading experts in understanding the requirements and drivers for managing privileged access security within an organisation, both private and public. David has led some of the largest design and implementation programs of privileged account security with companies across all sectors, many of which are in the Fortune 100. Leveraging this experience, David now works with clients on best practices around privileged management and driving innovative approaches when looking to reduce the risk associated with privileged escalation and exploitation, even more so as organizations embrace cloud platforms and automated processes.

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.   

Peter Leitch

Immediate Past President, ISACA Ireland Chapter

Peter is the immediate past president of the ISACA Ireland Chapter. ISACA has over 800 professional members across the island of Ireland and is recognised as a leading body in Governance, Audit and ICT Assurance.  He is an experienced Information Assurance Advisor and Programme / Project Manager with over 37 years’ experience in IT and business.  His experience includes 16 years in financial services where he specialised in computer audit, audit management and security including a secondment to National Australia Bank in Melbourne.  This has been followed by over 20 years in consulting, specialising in Information Assurance, Risk Management, Procurement and Programme Management.  Previously working for Deloitte, Peter is now a joint managing partner of ANSEC IA Limited.   Peter is a PRINCE2 Practitioner and has managed programmes and projects in excess of £65M.  Peter was a CESG Listed Adviser (CLAS) consultant for over 15 years followed by becoming a CESG Certified Professional.  He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), a member of ISACA, ISC (2), IOD, the Institute of Irish Bankers and a fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS). He is also an Associate of the Institute of Information Security Professionals. 

Klaid Mägi

Executive Vice President, Threat Intelligence, Cybexer Technologies, and Former Head of the Incident Response Department (CERT-EE)

Klaid has over 15 years of experience working in the public and private sector ICT organisations, including Estonian Information System Authority as a Head of CERT-EE (2014-2018), the IT Centre of the Ministry of Finance (2011-2014) as Chief Information Security Officer. Before that he was working in the Estonian second largest mobile operator Elisa from 2006-2012 as network system administrator. Klaid has an extensive knowledge of technical resilience development, information security standards development and implementation, organisational (incl. CSOC) set-up and management as well as cyber trainings and exercises and capacity building. Klaid has twice successfully led the Estonian Blue Team at NATO Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence’s technical real-time network attack and defence exercise Locked Shields. He was a head of board of Estonian governmental information security manager’s council and member of Critical Information Infrastructure Protection commission.

Mark McDermott

Digital Infrastructure Architect, Cyber Security Risk Management Services, Belfast City Council

Mark McDermott CISA CISM CISSP is a Principal Digital Architect with Belfast City Council. His early career was in web development till he discovered that he had more of a flair for breaking websites rather than creating them. His role now includes cyber risk management and cyber security, basically planning on how to stop people like his previous self. He is a member of ISACA and (ISC)2 and believes that organisations should be focusing on giving their staff a good cyber hygiene awareness along with role specific training. “Many incidents can be avoided by good user training but the user isn’t the weakest link in cyber security. Staff need good training and support rather than blamed for every security incident.” 

John McGinley

Information Security Manager, Ulster Bank

John McGinley is Information Security Manager with Ulster Bank Ireland. John has over 25 years’ experience in Technology which for the last eight years includes Information Security Management, Risk Management, Third Party Oversight and in his current role is responsible for creating a safer and more secure bank for their customers which includes the online, mobile, voice and ATM channels.

John holds a degree in Information Technology and in the security discipline he is a certified CCSP, CISM, CISA, CRISC as well as COBIT 5.    

Ignatius O'Doherty

Chief Strategy Officer, Digital Shared Services in Department of Finance’s Digital Shared Services

Ignatius O’Doherty (Iggy) is Chief Strategy Officer in Department of Finance’s Digital Shared Services.

He is a digital leader with responsibilities for the delivery and implementation of the new ICT Strategy for the NI Civil Service. He has recently established a Strategic Design Authority within the NICS to plan and manage future ICT investment.

He is a strategic advisor to the NI Cyber Leadership Board and leads the Digital Shared Services’ Information Assurance, Cyber Security, Information Management and Open Data initiatives.

His background is set firmly in collaborative ICT development and delivery to make a difference.

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.

Senior Speaker

National Cyber Security Centre