BBC’s Kate Adie announced as opening Keynote Speaker at Infosecurity Europe 2019

As part of what is an already inspiring conference line-up, Infosecurity Europe’s organisers have now announced that renowned BBC broadcaster and author Kate Adie will be delivering the opening Keynote at this year’s event on Tuesday 4 June (from 10.15 am-11.05 am). Also announced to speak is Jamie Bartlett, best-selling author of ‘The People vs Tech’, ‘The Dark Net’ and ‘Radicals’. The senior Fellow and former director of Think Tank Demos will open Day 2 of the conference programme on Wednesday 5 June (10.15 am-11.05 am). On the same day, former CEO of Lloyd’s of London, Dame Inga Beale, is offering a presentation from 11.25 am-12.05 pm.

‘Perspectives from the Front Line’ will see Adie presenting on ‘Managing Risk and Building Resilience’. During her time as chief news correspondent at the BBC, Adie covered most of the world’s ‘hotspots’ and war zones, broadcasting from the Gulf War and Tiananmen Square. During her presentation at conference, Adie will share some of her experiences and discuss how she managed risk, safety and security in highly dangerous situations. Adie will also talk about how she remained resilient and the inspiration she has drawn from her experiences to help spark fresh perspectives on risk, resilience and the security challenges facing today’s organisations.

For his part, Bartlett will share a journey of discovery with deep insight into how technology is changing society. Covering everything from cyber crime and surveillance to privacy, data and democracy, this inspiring presentation will provide a fresh perspective on the challenges facing the cyber security community.

Dame Inga Beale’s presentation entitled ‘View from the Board’ will encompass her views on managing organisational complexity and risk, how to change business and culture and the need to balance tradition and history with modernity and innovation when delivering digital transformation. Dame Inga will discuss the challenges of managing a complex organisation, while also outlining her perspectives on cyber risk and how the Board and the information security function should be communicating and collaborating at all times.

“Whether it’s driving digital transformation or fighting cyber crime, everyone has a role to play and collaboration is key,” asserted Dame Inga. “I’m looking forward to meeting and hearing from some of the best cyber security experts around at Infosecurity Europe.”

The Infosec Keynote Stage is designed for speakers to address the challenges of building strong cyber security strategies and tactics to protect an organisation’s critical information assets as the world around us transforms. Following extensive research with the information security end user community and consultation with an Advisory Council of senior industry practitioners, the Keynote Stage is set to be the vibrant hub of the Infosecurity Europe conference programme. Delegates can gain direct access to information security knowledge and expertise from some of the industry’s leading end user practitioners, policy-makers, analysts and thought leaders.

Confirmed speakers for the Keynote Stage

Other speakers and moderators confirmed for the Keynote Stage include:

*Troy Hunt (founder of Have I Been Pwned and Microsoft regional director)

*Linda McCormack (head of internal communications, Anglian Water Services)

*Flavius Plesu (former head of information security, Bank of Ireland)

*Killian Faughnan (Group CISO, William Hill)

*Florence Mottay (CISO for Europe, Ahold Delhaize)

*Dr Keyun Ruan (Google Cloud Engineering, Google)

*Tom Cignarella (director of the Security Co-ordination Centre, Adobe)

*Gavin Ellis (CISO, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority)

*Shawn Scott (head of information security, Thames Water)

*Matt Gordon-Smith (CISO, Anglo American)

*Talal Rajab (head of programme – cyber and national security, techUK)

*Ewa Pilat (global CISO, Jaguar Land Rover)

*Bobby Ford (vice-president and global CISO, Unilever)

*Kevin Fielder (CISO, Just Eat)

*James Lyne (Infosecurity Hall of Fame Alumnus)

*David Boda (head of information security, Camelot)

*Stefan Treloar (head of information security and business continuity, IG Group)

*Dee Deu (CISO, British Land)

*Maxine Holt (research director, Ovum)

*Deborah Haworth (head of information security, Penguin Random House UK)

*Peter Brown (Group manager for technology policy, Information Commissioner’s Office)

*Titta Tajwer (CISO, News UK)

*Steve Wright (GDPR and CISO advisor, Bank of England)

*Brian Honan (CEO, BH Consultancy and Infosecurity Hall of Fame Alumnus)

*Adam Banks (chief technology and information officer, Maersk)

*Nigel Spencer (vice-president of security operations, Vocalink Real Time Payments)

*Amar Singh (CEO and founder, Cyber Management Alliance)

*Paula Kershaw (head of cyber security for Europe and the UK, HSBC)

The complete Keynote Stage conference programme can be accessed online at:

Now in its 24th year, Infosecurity Europe – for which Risk Xtra is an Official Media Partner – takes place at Olympia in London from 4-6. The annual event attracts over 19,500 unique information security professionals attending from every segment of the industry, including 400-plus exhibitors showcasing their products and services, industry analysts and worldwide policy experts. Over 200 industry speakers are lined up to take part in the free-to-attend conference, seminar and workshop programme. Further detail is available at

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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