Cyber Security Connect UK 2019 hailed as “huge success” by event organiser

At Cyber Security Connect UK 2019, upwards of 300 participants and Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) from leading UK businesses explored the challenges facing the cyber security profession with eye-opening presentations from both existing and former UK and US Government officials highlighting the need for solid IT foundations to cope with legacy systems and fast-moving cyber criminal activity across the globe.

Candid views were unveiled and shared exclusively with delegates attending the second edition of Cyber Security Connect UK, the forum for cyber security professionals that took place in Monaco earlier this month and for which Risk Xtra served as an Official Media Partner.

Top-level CISOs represented a range of industry sectors including finance, retail, legal and Government agencies. Delegates attended more than 550 one-to-one meetings to assess their current challenges, as well as gather industry insight from 40 authoritative workshops and presentations discussing current cyber security trends and challenges.

Commenting on Cyber Security Connect UK, Ameet Jugnauth (head of IT risk and governance at the Lloyds Banking Group) said: “An extremely valuable conference which is different compared to others. Amazing networking opportunities with counterparts and vendors with no hard sell and actually really good conversations about what we can do to help improve overall cyber security postures.”

Cyber resilience and incident management

Hot topics of discussion at the event included cyber resilience, securing the supply chain, benchmarking the CISO, cyber incident management and developing the next generation of cyber talent.

During the insightful programme, keynote speeches were delivered by Dominic Fortescue (director general of the Government Security Group and Government Chief Security Officer of the Cabinet Office), Adenike Cosgrove (cyber security strategist for the EMEA at Proofpoint), Andrew Rose (senior vice-president and CSO for Mastercard) and Jon Green (vice-president and chief technologist for security at Aruba).

Lee Cramp, head of information security for the British Red Cross, said that Cyber Security Connect UK was the “best security event of the year and the only event where the supplier, partner and the end user are all together, learning and sharing their knowledge to break down the challenges we all face in the cyber security arena.”

In addition to the topical keynote speeches, delegates enjoyed an in-depth range of Case Studies in high-level partner workshops.

Collaborative forum

Aurore Domange, event director at Cyber Security Connect UK 2019, said: “The second edition of Cyber Security Connect UK has been a huge success. We feel privileged to be able to bring together an audience of such a high calibre which contributes to the unique collaborative forum. Learning, networking and doing business in this exclusive setting is a proven safe environment for CISOs to set the agenda for the year ahead. With CISOs attending from across various industry sectors, this presents the opportunity for peer-to-peer engagement at a high level in a bid to find solutions to issues that are experienced across the sector.”

Martin Smith, chairman and founder of the Security Awareness Special Interest Group, added: “We were delighted to have once again presented world-class keynotes, round table discussions and workshops to our guests and to receive the resoundingly positive feedback from delegates on their one-to-one meetings with some of Europe’s top vendors and suppliers to discuss their specific challenges and requirements. It’s these qualities that are the greatest and most beneficial differentiators between this event and all other UK conferences and trade shows.”

*Cyber Security Connect UK 2020 takes place from 10-2 November. For more details visit:

About the Author
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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