Aspire CyberFest 23 Replay

We’re pleased to share the informative sessions from Aspire CyberFest, held at St James’ Park, 26.09.23. 

Highlights from Aspire CyberFest 2023

We want to thank everyone who was able to attend Aspire CyberFest at St James’ Park. Together, CyberNorth and Aspire successfully hosted the region’s leading cyber security event.

We were thrilled to welcome over 350 delegates from businesses across the North East and beyond.

For those who couldn’t make it on the day, we wanted to make the sessions from our expert speakers publicly available to enjoy at your own convenience.

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Welcome and opening address

Chris Fraser – CEO

Chris founded Aspire in 2006 and now leads the board of directors. Chris is responsible for Aspire’s technology strategy to ensure they continue to deliver the most innovative solutions to customers across the UK and beyond.

KEYNOTE SESSION: Revolutionising Cyber Security: AI and Machine Learning – Friend or Foe?

Sarah Armstrong-Smith
Chief Security Advisor for Europe at Microsoft

Sarah has led a long and impactful career, developing specialisms in artificial intelligence and future technologies, addressing the impacts they have on cyber security. She has vast experience guiding businesses through digital attacks and teaching organisations how best to protect their data.

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Democratising Security Through AI

John Lester
Senior Engineering Manager at CrowdStrike

John is responsible for helping organisations maintain control against the rapidly evolving cyber threat landscape. He supports customers in securing their most critical areas of risk – endpoints and cloud workloads, identity, and data – to keep them ahead of today’s adversaries and stop breaches.

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Cyber Incident Response Case Study: Unveiling Effective Strategies to Enhance Capabilities

Adam Veitch

-Product Lead at Aspire

Michael Lamb

-Incident Response Lead at Aspire

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Interacting with Threat Actors: The Legal Framework and the Impact of AI

Andy Parsons

Andrew is a partner in the dispute resolution team with a focus on commercial disputes in the technology sector. He has expertise in managing issues through a variety of forums including litigation, arbitration, expert determination and mediation.

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Managing Your Exposure In The Age Of Digital Transformation

Sanara Marsh
Security Evangelist at Randori, an IBM Company

Sanara Marsh is Security Evangelist and Director of Product Marketing for Randori, an IBM Company. Sanara focuses on trends in cyber security and looks to apply methods to operationalise security programs. Working with a range of organisations to improve their security programs, Sanara has experience in endpoint as well as the exposure management space.

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Welcome and Afternoon Address

Phil Jackman

– Director, CyberNorth

Viscount Camrose

– Minister for AI and Intellectual Property

Do Sweat the Small Stuff: How Small Mistakes Can Lead to Big Breaches

Bob McKay
Operations Director at Aspire

Bob heads up Aspire’s security and operations divisions. He is responsible for the development, design, and implementation of Aspire’s information security portfolio. Bob and his team work to secure our customers against the ever-evolving cyber threat.

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Paradigm shifts in cyber security and relevance to the UK CNI (Critical National Infrastructure)

Dr Alex Baxendale
Vice President Consulting Expert

Alex has delivered security services across a broad range of industry segments within his career but has, for the past nine years, been directly supporting the utilities sector in the design, build and operation of sensitive national services.

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Top 10 Practices for Zero Trust Security

Jaspal Virdee
Principal Solutions Architect EMEA

With over 30 years of experience in IT, Jaspal has worked with organisations across a range industries to help raise awareness and shape their Customer Security Digital Strategy Goals. Jaspal is focused on Networking and security, utilising Software Defined Technologies to deliver meaningful business benefits.


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Q&A Panel Session: Engage with our Expert Speakers

Expert Panel Session


Dive into a dynamic panel discussion featuring our event experts.

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