About The Event

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This not-for-profit event, the inaugural event of the Northamptonshire Business Resilience Forum (NNBRF), brings a stellar line-up of speakers from the Cabinet Office, CPNI and business across the UK right to your doorstep in Northamptonshire.

  • Suitable for everyone. useful to you both personally and professionally, this event will allow you to understand and cope with the cyber threats to yourself, your family, your micro-business, SME, corporate, charity or public sector organisation
  • Highly relevant and topical a full day of relevant, informative presentations from top speakers from Government and the private sector
  • Great location at the County Ground (Northants Cricket Club), with ample free parking and a decent sit-down cooked lunch
  • An event you can trust not-for-profit, in association with Northamptonshire County Council,  Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership, the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, UKTI, the FSB and leading Northamptonshire businesses, and part of the wider remit to build business resilience in Northamptonshire
  • Superb networking everybody who’s anybody in the Northamptonshire business community should attend this event


  • 8:30
    Registration, Refreshments, Networking
  • 9:00
    Opening Remarks
    Alan Perkins, Managing Director – SilverDisc
  • 9:15
    National Threat Update – Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure
    Confidential speaker from the CPNI
    The Who, Why and How of Cyber Attacks on UK plc
  • 9:50
    Cyber Crime and the Police
    Detective Sergeant Carole Walton - East Midlands Police, Cyber Crime Unit
    Closer working with the Public & Private Sectors on the Prevention of Cyber Crime. The national, regional and local Cyber Crime strategy and landscape, the Protect engagement plans for SME's and general advice and signposting for businesses and a local case study.
  • 10:40
    Cyber Risk and the Insurance Industry
    Matthew Sumpter
    The Office for National Statistics estimated that in the year to June 2015 in England and Wales there were around 5.1 million cases of online fraud and 2.5 million ‘computer misuse’ incidents. This includes an estimated 2 million computer virus infections, as well as email or social media accounts being hacked. Terms such as Denial of Service Attacks and Cyber Extortion are no longer limited to a number of high profile corporations. Matt and Simon will be expanding on how insurers are responding and explain what insurance is available. They will provide an insight into real life insurance claims scenarios.
  • 11:00
    Networking Break
  • 11:30
    KEY NOTE SPEAKER: Cyber Security Standards
    Richard Bach, Assistant Director – Cyber Security, Digital Economy Unit, Dept. Culture, Media & Sport
    As the threat to our interconnected information systems and other assets continues to grow and evolve at a fast rate, we need to understand how and where we are vulnerable to these developments and what we can do about it. Richard will describe the steps that Government is taking in its leadership role, from immediate quick wins through to our longer term investment.
  • 12:15
    Cyber Security and your Business
    Marc Wheelhouse, Enterprise Security Consultant, Enterprise Services, Vodafone Limited
    The Vodafone Customer Security Practice explores the hype around cyber security, its meaning and the potential impact on your business. As well as providing useful insight this session will outline some simple steps you can take to prevent being the next news headline.
  • 13:00
    An excellent networking opportunity over a good quality hot lunch. Meet the experts and talk to the exhibitors in the tremendous surroundings of the County Ground’s Hevey Lounge.
  • 14:15
    Online Hacking & Social Engineering
    William Rimington – Leads PwC’s UK Threat and Vulnerability Management Team and Mark Farley – Conducts and Oversees Technical Security Testing
    PwC will talk through a little of the threat landscape and the nature of adversaries that they see in the market. In addition they will cover, in a non-technical way, how malware generally gets deployed and demonstrate this using a live 'hack' on screen. Prepare to be amazed!
  • 14:50
    Time to Fight Back
    Stuart Green – SJG Digital, Managing Director
    Discussing How to protect your devices; PC’s, Macs, mobiles and tablets; Protection from Phishing attacks to DDoS and more.
  • 15:10
    Cyber Security – The Cost of Failure
    Michala Hart – Head of Channel Strategy, Exponential-e
    Temper the cost of public failure with Cyber Security and Business Cost Management
  • 15:30
    Networking Break
  • 16:00
    Round Table Discussion: Themes
    Cyber Crime and your Legal Responsibilities, Cyber Crime and Insurance, Cyber Crime and Business Continuity.
  • 16:30
    Closing Remarks – Alan Perkins - Managing Director, SilverDisc Limited


Richard Bach

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Richard Bach

Assistant Director, Cyber Security, Digital Economy Unit, Department of Culture, Media & Sport

Richard will be speaking about the Government’s Cyber Essentials Scheme

A primary objective of the Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy is to make the UK a safer place to conduct business online. However, determining the benefits of cyber security best practice and knowing where to start are real challenges for many UK organisations. Richard will explain how the new Cyber Essentials Scheme can help UK organisations of all sizes and industry sectors.


CPNI – Speaker Confidential

The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) protects national security by providing protective security advice. Protective security is 'putting in place, or building into design, security measures or protocols such that threats may be deterred, detected, or the consequences of an attack minimised'.

CPNI teams provide advice on physical security, personnel security and cyber security/information assurance. Most importantly, they explain how those components combine together and reinforce each other - and their relationship to the threat”

Website - http://www.cpni.gov.uk/

Marc Wheelhouse

Marc Wheelhouse
Marc Wheelhouse

Marc is a CESG Certified Professional in Information Systems Security and Security & Risk Advisory. Also a Certified Information System Security Professional, Marc has a background in military counter intelligence and security. Having lead operational and system security roles for a number of highly sensitive military systems, Marc is now a Lead Enterprise Security Consultant with the Vodafone UK Cyber Security Practice – providing thought leadership, governance and assurance services to UK Government and Commercial customers.

William Rimington

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William Rimington

William Rimington leads PwC's UK Threat and Vulnerability Management (TVM) team and the wider Cyber Security team within one of the London business units.  He is responsible for driving and delivering the market activity as well as adopting and contributing to national and global strategy and representing the firm externally.  He also chairs the PwC Global Centre of Excellence program for Penetration Testing.  William's early career was as a software developer and consultant with LogicaCMG (now CGI) and he has been a member of PwC's technology assurance practice for over 11 years.

Michala Hart

Michala Hart

Head of Channel Strategy, Exponential-e

Michala has more than 15 years’ experience in the telecommunications and IT Services sector. 9 Years ago Michala began specialising in IT Security and she has worked globally with Service Providers, Enterprise Clients and Government Departments to develop comprehensive threat intelligence and security solutions that enable businesses to protect not only their data assets but also their reputation and brand.

Stuart Green

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Stuart Green

Managing Director, SJG Digital

Stuart is the driving force behind SJG Digital, one of the most active cyber-security specialists in the UK, helping organisations throughout the country develop their defences against cyber attack.  Stuart and his team have backgrounds that originate in the MoD and they now provide a unique and highly specialised skill set to their customer base.  With GCHQ-backed certifications such as CESG Certified Professional, Stuart spends much of his time providing specialist hardware and advice to organisations of all sizes all over the UK as they adopt the Government’s Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus certifications.

Damian Walton

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Damian Walton

Director of Professional Services, IntaForensics

Damian is the newly-appointed Director of Professional Services at IntaForensics Ltd with responsibility for creating and developing a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) and PCI Forensic Investigator (PFI) provision, penetration testing and client advisory services.

Damian joined IntaForensics from Visa Europe where he led the Data Compromise Management Team.  He had responsibility for the overall management of data compromise incidents involving Visa payment card data, identification of emerging threats and the provision of quality intelligence.  Damian worked closely with a number of Visa Europe and Visa Inc. teams, issuing and acquiring members and the PFI/QSA community to assist and support investigations into data breach attacks.  He was responsible for creating and implementing strategies to ensure compliance with PCI DSS requirements and, where necessary, applying appropriate sanctions for breaches of Visa Europe’s Operating Regulations.

Damian has over three decades of Law Enforcement experience, predominantly in investigative and supervisory roles.  As head of Northamptonshire Police Hi-Tech Crime Unit he was a practitioner of forensic examinations, network investigations and covert internet investigations.  He completed his Police career on secondment at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) in London as head of the Specialist Operational Support Team, responsible for covert online and offline operations worldwide.  During this secondment, Damian worked on a number of high-profile investigations in all corners of the globe, receiving a number of commendations and plaudits from government officials.

Damian holds a PgDip in Forensic Computing from Cranfield University and has also achieved EnCE certified examiner, CFIA and CSTA qualifications.  He is a member of the British Computer Society.

Matthew Sumpter

 Matthew Sumpter
Matthew Sumpter

Underwriting Manager - Technology and Cyber Risks at CNA Europe

CNA Hardy is a leading specialist commercial insurance and is part of is part of CNA Financial Corp, the 8th largest U.S. commercial property and casualty insurance company and a founding member of the Cyber Risk and Insurance Forum. With over 25 years’ industry experience, Matt heads its UK Technology and Cyber Risk Business Unit, with 20 year experience in underwriting Cyber Risks. He will be joined by Simon Mitchell, Corporate Account Director with Towergate Insurance Brokers, Northampton, who will be offering an insurance broker’s view.

Aaron Yates

Aaron Yates

Managing Director, Berea

Aaron Yates is the founder and Chief Executive of Berea, which aims to be the leading provider of solutions that simplify cyber risk management for organisations worldwide.

Berea is best known for Cyber AMI, the cyber education and audit platform for small to medium sized businesses.

Berea has actively supported the cyber insurance industry for over 4 years. We have unique insight into the issues affecting insurers, brokers and businesses involved in the placement and purchasing of this evolving category of insurance.

Carole Walton

Carole Walton

Detective Sergeant, East Midlands Police, Cyber Crime Unit

Every Police region in England and Wales now has a dedicated Cyber Security Protect Coordinator whose responsibilities include linking in with the local SMEs to signpost and promote good cyber hygiene in order to prevent businesses and individuals becoming victims.

The East Midlands policing region (Northants, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire) is covered by Detective Sergeant Carole Walton; she has been working in the cyber crime arena for 12 of her 24 years in Northants Police and has previously been seconded to work with the College of Policing as a National High Tech Crime Trainer (teaching Covert Internet Investigations, Mobile Phone Forensics and Open Source Research) and Child Exploitation Online Protection (CEOP) Centre where she was involved in all aspects of online investigations and operations and during which she presented at Interpol and Europol and delivered training to officers in South East Asia. Carole attained a Post Graduate Certificate in Behavioural Forensic Psychology (Online Child Sex Offenders) during this time. 

Prior to taking up her current role, Carole was involved in the formation of the Northants Police Child Sexual Exploitation Team (now known as RISE). She was the first Detective Sergeant in the new Northants Cyber Crime Unit and was responsible for the development and creation of the Digital Media Investigator team. 

For up to date advice you can follow Carole on Twitter @CyberProtect1

Alan Perkins

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Alan Perkins

Managing Director, SilverDisc Limited

Following a B.Eng. degree in Electronics, focusing on embedded systems programming and artificial intelligence, Alan developed real time network, banking and missile defence systems before spending three years at Philips developing consumer and professional interactive multimedia.

Alan left Philips to set up SilverDisc in 1993, initially working on an early version of Barclays Internet Banking. In 1994 SilverDisc leased its first webserver and commenced developing websites for clients. 

In the late 1990s Alan filed and was ultimately granted worldwide patents in search technology. Through filing these patents, Alan met two representatives of Google – Craig Silverstein (Google employee #1) and Matt Cutts (Google’s Global Head of Webspam) – and helped put together the first Google Webmaster Guidelines. As a result, SilverDisc’s reputation for high ethical standards based on deep technical understanding was firmly established.

Coming from a technical background, working with and for companies of all sizes, and being online and building websites for well over 20 years, Alan has a broad understanding of cyber security issues and the challenges faced by all organisations.


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    elDRAW is a team of videographers, specialising in video production for all business and corporate sectors. elDraw prides itself on delivering engaging, well planned video content, filmed and edited to the highest standard.

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    Cyber AMI

    Web based education and auditing. Cyber AMI equips businesses with knowledge and tools that secure against evolving cyber security threats.

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    Wilson James

    Wilson James is a leading security, logistics and business services provider with over 2500 employees.

  • Intaforensics

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    Inta Forensics

    Since its inception in 2006, IntaForensics has grown to provide the wide spectrum of Digital Forensic Services from its Warwickshire laboratory. Now operating from four UK based laboratories in London, Leeds, Warrington and Warwickshire, it is the fastest growing Digital Forensic Services provider in the UK. 

    With years of industry experience, technical excellence and a dedicated team, IntaForensics is capable of offering the full range of digital investigation services, and is able to adapt to the unique and individual needs of solicitors, private clients, Law Enforcement Agencies and commercial organisations.

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    Borneo Martell Turner Coulston Solicitors

    Borneo Martell Turner Coulston are solicitors with offices in Northampton, Kettering and Market Harborough.

    It offers advice and assistance in a broad range of areas; property, employment, wills, trusts and probate, company and commercial, personal injury, disputes, motoring offences, family and divorce, trademarks and intellectual property, acquisitions and mergers, insolvency and powers of attorney.  In addition, its dispute resolution team has expertise in sports, construction and agricultural law and other commercial disputes as well as being able to assist individuals.