• Date: Tuesday 26 September 2023
  • Time: 9:00-17:00 (with drinks reception to follow).
  • Venue: The Barracks, St. James’ Park, Newcastle upon Tyne (Click here for directions).
9:00 – 9:30
Reception / The Barracks
9:30 – 9:45
Welcome and Opening Address

Chris Fraser, Aspire CEO
9:45 – 10:10
Paradigm shifts in Cyber Security and Relevance to the UK CNI (Critical National Infrastructure)

Dr Alex Baxendale , Vice President Consulting Expert at CGI

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10:10 – 10:35
Secure by Design: Establishing a Resilient Framework for Cyber Security

Jaspal Virdee, Principal Solutions Architect EMEA at Extreme Networks

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10:35 – 11:00
Cyber Incident Response Case Study:
Unveiling Effective Strategies to Enhance Capabilities

Adam Veitch, Aspire Product Lead
Michael Lamb, Incident Response Lead

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11:00 – 11:30
The Barracks
11:35 – 12:00
Interacting with Threat Actors:
The Legal Framework and the Impact of AI

Andy Parsons, Partner at Womble Bond Dickinson

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12:00 – 12:25
Managing Your Exposure In The Age Of Digital Transformation

Sanara Marsh – Security Evangelist at Randori, an IBM Company

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12:25 – 13:00
KEYNOTE SESSION: Outsmarting Cyber Criminals

Charlie McMurdie, Former head of Police National Cyber Crime Unit

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13:00 – 14:00
The Barracks
14:00 – 14:10
Welcome and Afternoon Address

Phil Jackman, CyberNorth Director
14:10 – 14:45
KEYNOTE SESSION: Revolutionising Cyber Security: AI and Machine Learning – Friend or Foe?

Sarah Armstrong-Smith, Microsoft Chief Security Advisor for Europe

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14:45 – 15:10
Do Sweat the Small Stuff: How Small Mistakes Can Lead to Big Breaches

Bob McKay, Operations Director

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15:10 – 15:40
The Barracks
15:40 – 16:05
Democratising Security Through AI

John Lester, CrowdStrike Engineering Manager

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16:05 – 16:30
Cyber Security Insights
Announcement coming soon
16:30 – 17:00
Expert Panel Session

Dive into a dynamic panel discussion featuring our event experts.

Hosted by:
Annabel Berry, Ladies Hacking Society CEO / Cyber North Chair
Chris Fraser, Aspire CEO

Panelists include:
Jaspal Singh Virdee, Principal Solution Architect at Extreme Networks
Andrew Parsons, Partner at Womble Bond Dickinson
Sanara Marsh – Security Evangelist at Randori, an IBM Company
John Lester, Engineering Manager at CrowdStrike
Bob Mckay, Operations Director at Aspire

Delegates have the chance to submit questions on the day. You ask, they answer – live on Slido!

17:00 – 19:00
The Barracks