Judges

  • Mark Astley – NAFN
  • Henry Bagdasarian – Identity Management Institute
  • Hillary Baron – Cloud Security Alliance
  • Kim Chandler McDonald – Cyber Security Advisors Network
  • Toma Cîmpeanu – ANSSI
  • Kelvin Coleman – National Cyber Security Alliance
  • Hans-Wilhelm Dünn – Cyber-Security Council Germany
  • Ian Glover – CREST
  • Mark Hahn – ISSA
  • Mike Hughes – ISACA Central UK Chapter
  • Ioan-Cosmin Mihai, PhD – RAISA
  • Sarb Sembhi – ISACA London Chapter
  • Colonel Inderjeet Singh – CSAI
  • Martin Smith MBE FSyI – SASIG
  • Jo Stewart-Rattray – Australian Computer Society
  • Alastair Revell – Institution of Analysts and Programmers
  • Lisa Ventura – UK Cyber Security Association
  • Andy Watkin-Child – The Security Institute
  • To be announced – techUK

Mark Astley

Mark has been with NAFN since its inception in 1997 and was appointed Head of Service in June 2014. Mark has a background in prevention and detection of fraud, fraud investigation and delivery of IT business solutions. He has been a key player in the development of innovative services and has worked collaboratively with the public and private sector to develop a wide range of data sharing initiatives supporting protection of the public purse. Mark works closely with many central government organisations including the Home Office, Cabinet Office, BEIS, LGA, DWP and other organisations to develop and deliver a range of centralised services. Based in Tameside, Greater Manchester, Mark leads a team of intelligence officers delivering services nationally to local authorities, housing associations and wider public authorities.

Henry Bagdasarian

Henry Bagdasarian is the Founder and President of Identity Management Institute which has grown enormously since its inception in 2007 to become the leading global certification body for the identity and access management industry. IMI is a recognized international member-based organization in identity risk management which provides thought leadership, training, and registered certifications to global companies and their professionals. 

Henry started his career in technology risk management, audit and cybersecurity. As a certification enthusiast, he pursued and received many professional certifications from prestigious organizations in IT audit, internal audit, and information security. 

He has held Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) positions as well as corporate leadership roles in data protection, compliance, internal audit, and technology risk management. Over the years, Henry has contributed enormously to the identity governance, access management, and data protection fields by proposing new solutions and industry frameworks. As an industry thought leader and innovator, Henry has been interviewed by many media outlets and industry publications about his innovative ideas.

Hillary Baron

Hillary Baron is a research analyst and program manager for the Cloud Security Alliance. As a part of her role, she manages the blockchain/DLT, quantum-safe security, internet of things (IoT), and application containers/microservices working groups. She also runs the ad-hoc survey research program and the CSA’s award-winning webinar series, CSACloudBytes. Hillary received her Bachelor’s of Science at University Wisconsin – La Crosse, Master’s of Science at University Wisconsin – Stout and CCSK v4 certificate.

Kim Chandler McDonald

Kim Chandler McDonald is the Co-Founder and CEO of FlatWorld Integration Pty Ltd. a Frontier/Deep-Tech firm leading the way with Fl@World, the industrial-grade, cyber-secure, interoperable-data sharing, management and governance platform for the digital economy. 

Board member on the Paris-based Cybersecurity Advisors NetworkGriffith University Enterprise board and the Australia/New Zealand Women in AI board, Kim is a globally respected thought leader on disruptive approaches, transformational trends and innovative business strategies – particularly those involving innovation and enduser empowerment in the global DACE (Digital, Attention and Collaboration Economies). 

The award-winning author of ‘Innovation: How Innovators Think, Act and Change Our World’, ‘Flat World Navigation: Collaboration and Networking in the Global Digital Economy; and co-author of ‘Entrepreneurial Renaissance: Cities Striving Towards an Era of Renaissance and Revival’, Kim’s latest book ‘Postcards From Tomorrow’ is raising money for Sydney’s only daytime drop-in centre for female victims of domestic abuse and coercive control.

Toma Cîmpeanu

Toma Cîmpeanu, has more than 20 years’ experience in the ICT field, holding top positions in both public and private companies and contributing to several nationwide projects such as e-licitatie.roghiseul.ro, Romanian National Point of Single Contact (PCUe), Ro-Net and other. Since 2015, he is the CEO of the National Association for Information Systems Security (ANSSI).

Kelvin Coleman

Kelvin Coleman is Executive Director at the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). A dynamic cybersecurity leader, Kelvin has two decades of experience in high-stakes cybersecurity posts at the White House, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the private sector. As NCSA’s Executive Director, he is responsible for leading organizational growth; facilitating strategic partnerships and alliances with government, industry and non-profits; and acting as NCSA’s primary spokesperson.

During his career, he has conducted cybersecurity awareness tours in 49 states, briefing tech giants, local store owners and politicians alike, including 35 governors He is recognized for his work forging partnerships between the public and private sectors – developing cybersecurity policy and products, improving national and local cyber-threat awareness and readiness, and establishing guidelines for workforce cybersecurity safety.

He has collaborated and worked closely with a variety of top government agencies, including the Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Defense, National Defense Information Sharing and Analysis Center, National Security Agency and internally with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communications.

He has also worked on the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee during portions of the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations. In the early stages of Obama’s first term, Coleman served as a member of the White House National Security Staff, coordinating cybersecurity policy with the intelligence community as well as state, local, international and private-sector organizations.

Kelvin is a proud native son of Blair, SC and a graduate of the University of South Carolina Aiken.

Hans-Wilhelm Dünn

Hans-Wilhelm Dünn holds a diploma in administrative sciences from the University in Potsdam. From 2007-2009, he worked as a Personal Assistant to the Minister’s Office of Economic Affairs and the Deputy Minister-President of the Federal State of Brandenburg, who was also Chairman of the German Federal Network Agency. From 2009 – 2010, he was a board member of the Potsdam municipal energy supplier (Energie and Wasser Potsdam GmbH). From 2010-2012, he was Managing Director of Security and Safety in Brandenburg e.V. In addition, from 2011 – 2014, he was also board member of the Potsdam public transport (VIP Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam GmbH). Furthermore, Hans-Wilhelm Dünn was a board member at two hospital corporations (Klinikum Ernst von Bergmann GmbH, Lausitz Klinik Forst GmbH) from 2014 – 2019. As Co-founder and President – previously Vice-president and General Secretary – of the Cyber-Security Council Germany e.V, he is chairman of the association’s Energy Hub and member of the eHealth Hub and consults operators of critical infrastructure about cybersecurity. He also initiated the association’s eHealth and attribution hubs, as well as a new initiative to give trust ratings to start-ups. He shares his expertise and experience at high ranking conferences and events and is often a contact person for TV channels or a guest author for several magazines, journals and scientific publications such as the Yearly Book on European Integration.

Ian Glover

Ian has worked in the IT industry for the last 40 years and has been working in information security for the last 36 years – and has enjoyed nearly every minute of it. As President of CREST he has taken it to a position of influence in the technical security industry and has been instrumental in many major industry initiatives. These include the  Bank of England and Government project to develop the STAR, STAR-FS and CBEST Schemes that are designed to provide higher levels of assurance for the UK financial services and other parts of the critical national infrastructure. He also helped to develop and implement the UK Government CIR (Cyber Incident Response) and CREST Cyber Security Incident Response (CSIR) schemes. Internationally he is working with governments and regulators to support CREST members globally.

Prior to representing CREST, Ian was one of the founders of Insight Consulting, a leading specialist information security consultancy. The business was purchased by Siemens. He then sat on the Board of Siemens Communications. Prior to establishing Insight Consulting has worked for the MoD, Treasury (CCTA) and Ernst and Young.

Mark Hahn

Mark Hahn is Ciber’s Director of DevOps. He has 25+ years of experience as a Principal Architect building large-scale systems, including Wall Street trading systems, multinational retail payments systems and supply chain systems. Mark is an exceptional technologist with experience directing products and projects from inception through completion, using DevOps and Agile methodologies. Mark practices and coaches techniques that improve delivery timelines and increase system reliability, including lean software development and continuous improvement. A rare high-level professional who maintains excellent hands-on technical proficiency, Mark has been with Ciber Global for 9 years.

Mike Hughes

Mike is a director of Prism RA and has a wide range of experience of technology and cyber: governance, risk, compliance and security, gained through roles both within mainstream IT and for over 30 years in consultancy, including 20 years with KPMG and for the last 12 years, with Prism RA. During his time with KPMG, Mike held a number of senior roles including leading the Midlands Information Security team. With Prism RA, Mike helps organisations to effectively understand their technology and cyber risks and help them to make their business resilient from the ever increasing cyber threat.

In addition, Mike plays a leadership role with ISACA, both at the Local and International levels. He has served on the Board of the local Central UK Chapter since its formation in 1993 and his international roles include: a term as an ISACA International Board Director; and a member of the Finance Committee, Membership Board and GDPR Working Group. Currently he is a member of the Information & Technology Risk Advisory Group. Mike has also been involved in the development of a number of ISACA’s publications and lectures on ISACA exam preparation courses for CISM, CRISC, CGEIT and CISA. Mike has recently led ISACA’s involvement in the creation of the UK Cyber Security Council on behalf of DCMS, the UK government department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the National Cyber Security Centre.

Mike is also a Non-Executive Director of CyberQ Group, an innovative and award winning cyber security services provider and a member of the Institute of Directors.

Ioan-Cosmin Mihai, PhD

Cosmin is a researcher, professor, trainer, and conference speaker, with an experience of more than 16 years in cybercrime and cybersecurity. He is a cybercrime training officer at the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL), associate professor at “Al. I. Cuza” Police Academy, visiting professor at the University Politehnica of Bucharest and “Carol I” National Defence University, Romaniahonorary professor at CT University, India, and vice president of the Romanian Association for Information Security Assurance (RAISA).

Jo Stewart-Rattray

Jo has over 25 years’ experience in the IT field some of which were spent as CIO in the Utilities and as Group CIO in the Tourism space, and with significant experience in the Information Security arena including as CISO in the healthcare sector. She underpins her information technology and security background with her qualifications in education and management. 
She specialises in consulting in risk and technology issues with a particular emphasis on governance and security in both the commercial and operational areas of businesses. Jo provides strategic advice to organisations across a number of industry sectors including banking and finance, utilities, manufacturing, tertiary education, retail, healthcare and government. 
Jo has extensive board and committee experience.  She has chaired a number of ISACA’s international committees including the Board Audit & Risk Committee, Leadership Development and Professional Influence & Advocacy.  She served as an Elected Director on ISACA’s international Board of Directors for seven years and was the founder of its global women’s leadership initiative, SheLeadsTech. 

Alastair Revell

Alastair Revell has been the Director General of the Institution of Analysts and Programmers since 2011, which is a founding member of the Cyber Security Alliance. The alliance won the bid to form the UK Cyber Security Council, which has recently launched. Alastair has been involved in this work from the Council’s inception in 2016. The Institution concentrates on Improving Software for Society, which increasingly means ensuring that software is secure by design.

Alastair Revell is a trustee of the UK Engineering Council and BCS The Chartered Institute for IT, where he is a Vice-President. He is also Chairman of the Trustworthy Software Foundation and Revell Research Systems, the management and technology consulting practice that he established in 1985. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and European Engineer (Eur Ing) as well as an IAP Fellow, a Chartered Fellow of BCS and a Fellow of the RSA.

He is passionate about promoting professionalism and high standards of ethics within IT, computing, digital and cyber security disciplines.

Sarb Sembhi

Sarb is the CTO & CISO at Virtually Informed, and has previously been a CTO & CISO for the Noord Group. He has previous worked as a consultant covering most issues in risk and security. Sarb’s contributions to the industry include the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Defence and Security Committee and its Cybersecurity working group. Other contributions include: Past President of the ISACA London Chapter, Chair of ISACA International GRA Region 3 Sub-Committee, Chair of ISACA International GRA Committee, ISSA UK Advisory Group member, InfoSecurity Magazine Editorial Group member. Sarb has also served on several Security Standards Groups, and continues to write for several publications and speak at risk and security events around the world.

Colonel Inderjeet Singh

Colonel Inderjeet Singh has served in the Indian Defence Forces, is Alumnus of IIT Kharagpur and Symbiosis Institute of Management, Pune. He is an experienced Information Systems professional with experience of more than 29+ year across wide spectrum of areas spanning cybersecurity operations leadership and influencing policy level decisions in multiple organizations. Throughout his career, he has parlayed his extensive background in security and a deep knowledge to help organizations build and implement strategic cybersecurity solutions. spanning Information Security ,Risk Management, Cyber Security, He has held prestigious appointments while in Indian Army and has been CIO of E-Commerce Company. He has also served in United Nation Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo.

He is visionary for Start-Up Incubation, Entrepreneurship Development, Strategic Consulting and New Technology Evaluation for commercial viability. He is a Subject Matter Expert on latest innovative Technological domains and effectively managed mission critical projects

He has consistently delivered mission-critical results in the field of in Information Security Management, Cyber Security, Cyber Warfare and Cyber Risk Management.

Martin Smith MBE FSyI

Martin Smith SASIG

Martin Smith MBE FSyI is the Founder and Chairman of The Security Awareness Special Interest Group (SASIG). With nearly 40 years’ experience in the security and crime prevention industries, Martin Smith is a well-known and highly respected personality in the security industry.  He is an established and successful businessman, philanthropist, communicator, visionary, and internationally recognised author, blogger and speaker. Martin gained his degree in behavioural psychology before spending 15 years as a commissioned officer in the RAF employed on the whole range of policing and security duties.  After being awarded the MBE for this work, he left the Service to establish a second career in the commercial sector.  In 1997 he founded The Security Company (TSC)  to assist organisations in improving their security cultures and staff awareness. In 2004 he founded the SASIG, a free networking forum to improve trust online which now has more than 5,000 members from around the world. 

Lisa Ventura

Lisa Ventura is an award-winning Cyber Security consultant and is the CEO and Founder of the UK Cyber Security Association (UKCSA), a membership association that is dedicated to individuals and companies who actively work in cyber security in the UK. She has over 10 years’ experience in the cyber security industry and is passionate about raising awareness of being more cyber aware in business to help prevent cyber-attacks and cyber fraud. She is a thought leader, author and keynote speaker and has been published in various publications globally. Her first book “The Rise of the Cyber Women: Volume One” was published in August 2020 and her second book “The Varied Origins of the Cyber Men: Volume One” was published in November 2020, both to great acclaim. Lisa is a Board Member of the Global Cyber Security Alliance, sits on the board of Think Digital Partners and is part of Cyber Security Valley UK. She is also a strong advocate for women in cyber security, the cyber skills gap and neurodiversity. In 2020 she was named CISO Magazine’s Infosec Superwoman of the Year and in 2021 she was named as one of the Top 30 Women of Influence in Cyber Security During the pandemic by SC Magazine.

More information about Lisa can be found on www.lisaventura.com. The UK Cyber Security Association website is www.cybersecurityassociation.co.uk.
Lisa’s twitter – @cybergeekgirl and @ukcybersecassoc
Lisa’s LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisasventura/
Lisa’s Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/lisaventurauk/

Andy Watkin-Child CSyP, MSyI, CEng, MIMechE, AMAE

Andy is a technology, risk and security executive with over 20 years experience as Group VP cyber risk, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Head of IT and European head of cyber and risk. He has built and grown global 1st and 2nd Lines of Defence functions for cyber security and risk management for International organisations including Grupo Santander, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Penguin Random House and Rolls-Royce plc.

He is a Group executive committee member, Chartered Security Professional (CSyP) and assessor and Chartered Engineer (CEng), a member of the Register of Chartered Security Professionals (recognised by CPNI) and a member of the Board of the Security Institute (MSyI).

Andy is also a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Security Processionals (WCoSP), 108th City of London Livery Company and a practicing Associate of the Academy of Experts (TAE) and counsel appointed witness in cyber and risk. He is a member of the Standards Working group of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification – Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB), the Advisory Board of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model – Center of Excellence (CMMC-CoE) and founding partner of Parava Security Solutions.


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