Professionalisation of the cybersecurity sector: Delivering for the end user | SASIG
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Thursday 30 May 2024, 9.30am – 5pm (BST)

In person – Camden, London

In association with

Over the past twenty years, the SASIG community has discussed and debated how to make ourselves and our organisations more resilient. But the world of cyber never stays still. Innovation is constant, and opportunities abound for those at every stage of their career.

For our 20th anniversary, we’ll meet to examine how skill-based recruitment and initiatives for women in cybersecurity, among other programmes, are helping close the persistent skills gap hindering national objectives including that gap. Our esteemed speakers, all experts in various aspects of cybersecurity and recruitment, will discuss how we attract new talent, the skills our sector will need in the future, and transparency in vendor selection amid a crowded market.

We will end the day by reflecting on 20 years of cybersecurity and discussing milestones, developments, and anticipated future challenges.

Please note, this event can only be attended in person – there will be no live stream or recording available.


Presentations on the day include:

Welcome and introductions
Martin Smith MBE (info), Chairman and Founder, The SASIG
Simon Turner (info), Head of Information Security & Technology Risk, Which?

Opening keynote: Transparency for consumers
Helen Fairfax-Wall (info), Head of Digital and Fraud Policy, Which?

Panel session: Skills – Are we still failing?
Facilitated by Rob Black (info), Lecturer, Cranfield University
Prof Chitra Balakrishna (info),  Member Board of Trustees, UK Cyber Security Council
Dr Mary Haigh (info), CISO, BAE Systems
Ella Cole (info), (Acting) Head of Cyber Skills Policy, Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

Fireside chat: The role of people and talent in developing and retaining a diverse workforce  
Facilitated by Alan Greig (info), Managing Partner, Business Resilience International Management (BRIM)
Rachel Lennox (info), Lead Talent Acquisition Manager, CultureAI
Dr Sanjana Mehta (info), Senior Director, Advocacy, ISC2
Joanne Lockwood (info), Founder Inclusive Culture Expert, SEE Change Happen
Further panellists to be announced

Redefining cyber recruitment: Why skills matter more than pedigree
Kieran Rowley (info), Director of Community, Immersive Labs

CyberWomen Groups: Empowering tomorrow’s leaders in cyber-based roles
Sophie Powell (info), Co-Founder & Director, CyberWomen Groups
Jenny McCullagh (info), Co-Founder & Director, CyberWomen Groups

Emerging technology – What are the skills we will require?
A senior representative from the NCSC

Panel session: Making our sector more transparent
Facilitated by Joanna Goddard (info), Partner, Business Resilience International Management (BRIM)
Jacob Duane (info), CEO and Founder, Stellastra
Vikki Bruce (info), Managing Director, MacLean & Bruce
Further panellists to be announced

Reflecting on 20 years: A cyber journey with SASIG
Martin Smith MBE (info), Chairman and Founder, The SASIG
Tarquin Folliss OBE (info), Vice Chairman, The SASIG

We look forward to welcoming you to this event.

All SASIG events operate under the Chatham House Rule and there is no charge to attend. Refreshments and lunch will be kindly provided by our hosts.

Places at this event are limited, so please register early to avoid disappointment. All applications will be reviewed, and a confirmation email with full venue details will be sent to those who are eligible within four-six weeks before the event.

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