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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

Paul Vlissidis
Technical Director – Senior Advisor
NCC Group

The ripple effect following a breach

Date Thursday 27th September
Venue Principal Manchester Hotel, Oxford Street, Manchester, M60 7HA
Agenda 18:00 Welcome drinks reception
18:30 Speakers
20:00 Networking drinks and canapes reception
21:00 Finish

David Cook
Solicitor Advocate
Eversheds Sutherland

Carl Nightingale
Director [Cyber Security]

Geoff White
Channel 4 News & BBC Radio 4

Speaker TBC

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


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.