• Kate Forbes

    Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy, The Scottish Government

    Kate Forbes is from Dingwall, although spent part of her upbringing in Glasgow and India. Until she was elected as MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Kate was employed as an accountant in the banking industry. Prior to that she studied History at the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh with a focus on human migration.

    As a backbencher, she has served on the Scottish Parliament's Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee, the Health and Sport Committee and the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee. She also served as Parliamentary Liaison Officer for Finance and the Constitution.

    As well as leading a campaign to ban plastic straws, Kate has participated in several cross party groups at Holyrood including Crofting, Gaelic, Human Trafficking, Palliative Care and Rural Policy. A fluent Gaelic speaker, Kate made history earlier this year by becoming the first female MSP to give a plenary speech entirely in Gaelic in the current Scottish Parliament chamber.

    On 27 June 2018 she was appointed as Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy.

    Kate Forbes

    Sessions with Kate Forbes:

    • Safe, secure, prosperous: Scotland as a centre of excellence

      With a strong pipeline of talent, a fast-growing SME sector, and world-leading research, Scotland can position itself as a global centre of excellence, attracting talent and investment.

  • Polly Purvis OBE

    Chief Executive ScotlandIS

    Polly Purvis is CEO of ScotlandIS the trade body for the digital technologies industry.  She represents ScotlandIS on the Scottish Government’s Digital Public Services Advisory Board,  the ICT  & Digital Technologies Skills Group, and the Industrial Advisory Board of the University of Dundee’s School of Computing.  She chairs the board of CodeClan, is a director of dotScot Registry, and a Trustee of the Digital Xtra Fund.


    Polly Purvis OBE

    Sessions with Polly Purvis OBE:

    • From aspiration to impact

      The Cyber Resilience Economic Action plan outlines the opportunity for Scotland. How do we turn that into a reality at pace, expanding the cyber security company base, harnessing the power of the research community and ensuring every business is cyber resilient?

    • Can Scotland be a centre of cyber security excellence?

  • Professor Bill Buchanan

    Professor of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University

    Bill Buchanan is a Professor in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Fellow of the BCS and the IET. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to cyber security. Currently he leads the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks, and Security and The Cyber Academy (http://thecyberacademy.org).

    His main research focus is around information sharing, such as using Trust and Governance Policies, threat analysis, cryptography, and triage within digital forensics. This has led to several World-wide patents, and in three highly successful spin-out companies: Zonefox (zonefox.com); Symphonic Software (www.symphonicsoft.com/); and Cyan Forensics (cyanforensics.com).

    Bill regularly appears on TV and radio related to computer security, and has given evidence to the Justice Committee at the Scottish Parliament, along with being part of the BBC Scottish Independence Team of Experts (speciality: Cyber Security). This includes appearances on Newsnight Scotland, Good Morning Scotland, Panorama, and Radio 5 Newsdrive.

    Bill was named as one of the Top 100 people for Technology in Scotland for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. In Feb 2016, he was also included in the FutureScot "Top 50 Scottish Tech People Who Are Changing The World". Recently his work on Secret Shares received “Innovation of the Year” at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards, for a research project which involves splitting data into secret shares, and can then be distributed across a public Cloud-based infrastructure. He was included in the JISC Top 50 Higher Education Social Media Influencers in 2015. 

    Professor Bill  Buchanan

    Sessions with Professor Bill Buchanan:

    • Cyber security and SME's in a post-Brexit Europe

      Increased collaboration across Europe and support for innovation from SMEs, public sector and universities is key to addressing cyber security issues and building more trusted systems.

  • Andy Grayland

    Chief Information Security Officer, Digital Office Scottish Local Government

    Andy  Grayland

    Sessions with Andy Grayland :

    • Expert panel on cyber resilience

  • Keith McDevitt

    Cyber Resilience Integrator Scottish Government

    Keith  McDevitt

    Sessions with Keith McDevitt :

    • Expert panel on cyber resilience

  • Dr. Kami Vaniea

    Lecturer in Cyber Security and Privacy & Assistant Director, Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research University of Edinburgh

    Dr. Kami Vaniea is a Lecturer in Cyber Security and Privacy at the University of Edinburgh specializing in the human factors of security and privacy. Dr. Vaniea was previously an Assistant Professor in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University and her PhD is from Carnegie Mellon University’s Computer Science Department.

    Dr. Kami  Vaniea

    Sessions with Dr. Kami Vaniea:

    • The human factors of security and privacy

      Making security and privacy technologies more accessible for users, developers, and system administrators.

    • Can Scotland be a centre of cyber security excellence?

  • Natalie Sparks

    Digital Economy Specialist, Scottish Enterprise

    Natalie Sparks works for Scottish Enterprise’s digital economy sector team, which focuses on how we grow and maintain a thriving digital economy in Scotland, and I was part of the pan Scotland team who developed the cyber economic action plan that launched earlier this year.

    Natalie  Sparks

    Sessions with Natalie Sparks :

    • Our place in the global cyber economy

      An introduction to the Economic Opportunity Action Plan and what it means for Scotland

  • Greg Iddon


    Greg is a veteran Sophos security specialist and technology communicator with a passion for all things digital. A rampant, idiosyncratic nerd with a sense of humour, Greg strongly believes that the complexities of computing and cybersecurity can be made accessible, funny, and interesting to the masses, and takes every opportunity to share his passion with anyone who wishes to listen.

    Greg  Iddon

    Sessions with Greg Iddon:

    • Protect, detect, respond: EDR explained

      Has the question “have I been hacked?” ever crossed your mind? How do you go about answering it?

  • Barbara Mills

    Challenge Sponsor Manager, CivTech, The Scottish Government

    Barbara has a key role in the CivTech team, taking public sector problems, forging them into challenges, and leading Challenge Sponsors through the CivTech Programme. She’s led the delivery of Olympic venues, run her own business, and consulted on innovation for organisations including the French Atomic Energy Commission. She’s passionate about the wider impacts CivTech can make, including developing CivTech’s first Citizen Sourced challenge focused on Young People and Mental Health.

    Barbara  Mills

    Sessions with Barbara Mills:

    • Lessons on cyber resilience from digital natives

      A youth led approach to privacy and resilience.

  • Dr Ken Macdonald

    Head of ICO Regions, Information Commissioner's Office

    Prior to joining the ICO in 2005, Ken spent some 25 years working in the field of economics and related sectors as a higher education lecturer, an economic development consultant and latterly as a local government officer where his role included the management of a consortium of 14 local authorities engaged in European funding programmes. He has also held a number of directorships within the third sector and is currently a board member of Deaf Action, a charity based in the east of Scotland. He has an MA with Honours in Economics from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD from the University of Aberdeen.

    Ken was initially appointed to the ICO as Assistant Commissioner for Scotland and his remit was extended to include Northern Ireland in 2010. His main role is to represent the Commissioner in these areas and to promote information rights across all sectors by raising awareness of organisational responsibilities as well as influencing policy developments by working closely with public authorities. Following the retiral of the Assistant Commissioner (Wales) in July 2016, he assumed responsibility for the ICO office in Cardiff as Head of ICO Regions.

    Currently a member of the SMT, Ken is a co-chair of the Equality & Diversity Committee and a member of the Digital and ICT Steering Group.

    Dr Ken  Macdonald

    Sessions with Dr Ken Macdonald:

    • The buck stops...with everyone

      Why cyber security is a board level responsibility and where good governance is essential in supporting employees to put security at the heart of their job.

  • Gerry Grant

    Ethical Hacker, Scottish Business Resilience Centre

    Gerry  Grant

    Sessions with Gerry Grant :

    • Intelligence-led cyber security: how to spot the hackers

      Understanding what makes your organisation vulnerable, the latest threats and how they work, defending your organisation against attack, plus best practice at work … and home.

  • Jordan Schroeder

    COO & Managing CISO Higher Education/Further Education Shared Technology and Information Services (HEFESTIS)

    Jordon, who was named CISO of the Year at the 2018 Cyber Security Awards, has successfully designed and led information security programmes for public and private sector organisations in the US, Canada, and the UK, who were in the midst of extensive business and digital transformation. He has worked with tech startups, governments, some of the oldest organisations in the world, and senior management at Fortune 100 companies around improving and assuring cybersecurity, cyber risk, cyber resiliency and data privacy.

    Jordan Schroeder

    Sessions with Jordan Schroeder:

    • Scotland's cyber resilience action plans...in action

      An insight into the successes and challenges of implementing the action plans, using real-world examples from the universities and colleges sector in transforming cyber security, and what lies ahead.

    • Expert panel on cyber resilience

  • Alisdair Gunn

    Director, Framewire and BIMA Scotland Council Member

    A highly respected and trusted leader, Alisdair is recognised as one of Scotland’s prominent professional advisers amongst Scotland’s technology sector and is passionate about commercialising innovation.

    Alisdair now heads up Framewire, Scotland’s leading professional services firm which specialises in Strategy, Business Design, Investment and Market Analysis as well as growing emerging technology, digital and creative start-ups/SME’s focused on Mobile, Data, FinTech, AI/ML, SaaS and IoT.

    Combined experience in private and public sectors, Alisdair previously held senior positions at PA Consulting within their Digital Business and Government practices as well as heading up the Interactive Scotland tech accelerator, focused on growing Scotland’s Digital Economy.

    Alisdair focuses on delivering trusted, independent advice and is recognised as having one of the most extensive networks of connections amongst the international digital and technology industries where he accelerates the revenue and equity investment of the organisations he supports.

    Prior to Framewire, Alisdair was responsible for leading product design, development and management at Philips, Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies as well as founding the Turing Festival, Edinburgh’s International Technology Festival.

    Alisdair is an active board member of the UK’s digital industry association BIMA in Scotland and is the strategic adviser to the Seed Haus tech accelerator and Legal Tech startup Amiqus. 

    Alisdair Gunn

    Sessions with Alisdair Gunn:

    • Chair & Introduction

  • Peter Ferry

    Founder and Commercial Director, Wallet.Services

    Peter is Commercial Director of Wallet.Services, a company focused on information security and integrity applications of BlockChain technology.

    Peter has a passion for Digital Technology positive impact on society and government, built during a spell living in Estonia, Europe's Baltic breakaway Digital Nation. He's served on the board of ScotlandIS, runs a Code Club for Primary age pupils, and serves as the Honorary Consul to the Republic of Estonia in Scotland.

    Peter gets excited about leapfrog technologies which reshape the World. That’s why he founded Wallet.Services to realise BlockChain’s potential. Wallet.Services is an award-winning company with big ambition, ground-breaking technology, and a global outlook.

    He earned his spurs as a software developer back in the early days of the PC and the Internet, and co-founded Microsoft Scotland in 1996. This began a corporate career spanning technology (architecting large Enterprise digital solutions), business (building Microsoft’s cloud and business partner programmes), and communications (interpreting the business impact of disruptive technology).

    Peter graduated from the University of Strathclyde with BSc (Hons) Information Engineering and MSc Communications and Digital Signal Processing, and is an alumni of MIT’s Disciplined Entrepreneurship programme.

    Peter  Ferry

    Sessions with Peter Ferry :

    • Can Scotland be a centre of cyber security excellence?

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