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Developing information and cyber security strategies in the North West

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Ayaz Rathore
Founder of INFOSEC Manchester

Information and cyber security has never been more important. “Infosec Manchester” is a community led monthly event hosted in central Manchester and was formed with the intent of bringing the industry together in a social atmosphere to solidify relationships and enable positive change.

The monthly evening events provide a platform for industry leaders to share their experiences, including perspectives from those on the front line (Information Security teams), as well as academia, law enforcement and leading solutions providers. “Infosec Manchester’s” goal is to support UK information and cyber security by building relationships in the Manchester area.

Dr Daniel Dresner
Consulting Research Analyst & Lecturer
University of Manchester

Danielle Ashcroft
Group Information Security Manager
JD Sports

David Cook
Solicitor Advocate
Eversheds Sutherland

Graeme Park
Head of Global Security Operations Centre
The Hut Group (THG)

The breach conundrum

It’s not “if”, but “when”, I will implement continuous monitoring across my whole environment

In the NCSC’s published 10 steps to cyber security it talks about the importance of monitoring. Whilst the 100% is not achievable and budgets endless, there are some fundamentals when it comes to reducing exposure to breaches – and we know its highly probable at some point. So why don’t all companies implement continuous monitoring of their whole environment and lay the groundwork for incident readiness? From users, to vulnerabilities, to network traffic and file or code integrity, there are numerous techniques that can be applied to limit exposure time to attacks and reduce risk exposure. We ask our speakers to shine a light on this conundrum and how best to prioritise your cyber risk reduction strategy.

Date Thursday 29th November
Venue Radisson Blu Edwardian, Free Trade Hall, Peter Street, Manchester M2 5GP
Agenda 18:00 Welcome drinks reception
18:30 Speakers
20:00 Networking drinks and canapes reception
21:00 Finish

Special Agent Todd Renner
FBI Assistant Legal Attaché

Paul Mason
Ethical Hacker
Cyber Security Educator

Khaled Fattal
MLi Group

Ivan Reedman
Head of Hardware
NCC Group UK

Richard Morrell
Cloud Security Alliance (CSA)

Mike StJohn-Green
Former Deputy Director

Ali Dehghantanha
Research Fellow Cyber Forensics
University of Salford Manchester

Martin Borrett
CTO Europe & Distinguished Engineer
IBM Security

Peter Stelzhammer

Danielle Ashcroft
Group Information Security Manager
JD Sports

Ken Munro
Pen Test Partners

Rik Ferguson
Special Advisor
Europol EC3

Gary S. Miliefsky
Cyber Defense Magazine

Stu Hirst
Cyber Defense Magazine

David Cook
Solicitor Advocate
Eversheds Sutherland

Carl Nightingale
Director [Cyber Security]

Geoff White
Channel 4 News & BBC Radio 4

Wood Street Mission is a children’s charity helping children and families living in poverty in Manchester and Salford.

We provide practical help to help meet children’s day-to-day needs and improve their life chances. We give struggling families clothes, bedding and baby equipment, and toys and books which are important for children’s wellbeing and development. All our services are free to families who need our help.

We promote engagement in education by helping families with the costs of going to school and run holiday book clubs to promote reading and improve children’s literacy.

We also raise awareness about child poverty through our communications, holding events and giving talks at schools and businesses.