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Skills Festival 4 Agenda

Tuesday 18 October 2021

10am – 4pm

(All times BST)

Festival platform opens at 9am

9am – 10am

Arrival and networking

Introduction and welcome

10am – 10.15am

Tarquin Follis OBE Vice Chairman, The SASIG
Simon Hepburn CEO, UK Cyber Security Council


Professionalising the cybersecurity industry

10.15am – 10.45am

Professor Simon Hepburn CEO, UK Cyber Security Council

The number and type of security breaches are increasing, and the fallout still dominates the media spotlight. Breaches remain in the top 10 risks for the World Economic Forum. We look at the cybersecurity profession and why the UK Cyber Security Council must provide stewardship for the highest possible standards of expertise, excellence, professional conduct and practice in the profession. This presentation shares how the Council delivers its mission as the profession’s voice.


Journey to being a global leader in cybersecurity

10.45am – 11.15am

Jake Moore Global Cybersecurity Advisor, ESET Global Cybersecurity Advisor, ESET

Jake worked in the police force for 14 years investigating computer crime in the Digital Forensics Unit and Cyber Crime Team in Dorset, investigating 100s of crimes producing digital evidence in a range of different offences ranging from fraud to murder. In 2016 Jake was tasked with visiting companies across the county in order to help protect them and make them better protected from online threats.

Since joining ESET Jake has become globally recognised as a leading thinker, regularly commenting on a range of cybersecurity stories in the press for outlets such as The BBC, ITV, The Independent and The Times. In this session, we hear more about Jake’s career path and how he climbed to the top.


11.15am – 11.30am

How do I stand out? Hints and tips for creating an eye-catching CV

11.30am – 12pm

Charlotte Cross Talent Acquisition Manager, Cybsafe

The way in which we apply for jobs is changing and it is becoming more important than ever to make your CV stand out. In this session, we will cover hints and tips to help you have the best chance of your CV catching the eye of the company of your dreams. We will start with the content and format of your CV, through to making job-specific applications and how to attract recruiters’ attention on job boards!

Applying for jobs can be a daunting and difficult time (I know, I’ve been there!) but after this, you should have more confidence in how to give yourself the best first impression.


Cyber careers for the neurodiverse

12pm– 12.30pm

Holly Foxcroft Head of Neurodiversity in Cyber Research and Consulting, Stott and May Consulting     

12.30pm – 1.30pm

Day in the life as a pen tester at BT

1.30pm – 2pm

Rob Partridge Head of Commercial Development for Penetration Testing, BT 

BT’s head of Commercial Development for Penetration Testing gives us a deep dive view into the day in the life of a penetration tester working to protect the UK’s largest telecommunications infrastructure.


An interview with Wayne Smith: from military engineering to cyber security, and the bits in between

2pm– 2.30pm

Kieran Fowler Head of Cyber Consulting, Waterstons
Wayne Smith Senior Information Security Consultant, Waterstons

Are you marketing your full skill set to potential employers well enough? Wayne Smith will share his transitional journey from the military to senior cyber security consultant, exploring the challenges and successes along the way. He will also explore how he developed a fascination with Information Security Risk Management, and why he believes this gave him an edge.

Learn how to identify your transferable skills, and gain industry insight to help you land your next security role.

2.30pm – 2.45pm

How can ISACA help develop your career? From providing thought leadership to industry-recognised learning and certifications

2.45pm – 3.15pm

Mike Hughes Board Member and Past President, ISACA Central UK
Jeff Angle Senior Director, Academic and Workforce Development, ISACA Global

This session will provide a brief overview of who ISACA are and how ISACA can help you develop your career in cybersecurity, through access to research, thought leadership, learning, and ISACA’s globally recognised certifications. One of the biggest benefits is being part of a global community of like-minded professionals, sharing good practice and working together to help defend our organisations from the cyber threat. The session will also cover how ISACA helps employers fill the IT/CS talent gap.

ISACA are running a prize draw for free memberships and a free certification programme, so be sure to make a visit to their stall.


An introduction to the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge

3.15pm – 3.45pm

Ben Wainwright Organising Team Member, Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
Sofia Liemann Escobar 2021 Champion, Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge

The UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge is an annual competition for university students, designed to foster the next generation of cyber policy and strategy leaders. With help from an academic coach, teams of four compete in developing national security policy recommendations tackling a fictional and escalating cyber crisis. In this session, previous competitors will introduce the competition, reflect on their experience and explain how you can get involved. Students can participate in the competition, industry professionals can volunteer their time and organisations can partner with the competition.


Thank you and conference close

3.45pm – 4pm

Tarquin Folliss OBE Vice Chairman, The SASIG

Networking on jobs fair

4pm – 5pm


End of Festival


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