Watershed, Bristol             Tuesday 11th October
Watershed, Bristol
Tuesday 11th October

We believe Cyber conferences should be fun and engaging – and open to all regardless of experience. At Bristol & Bath Cyber Conference we explore the industry through fun social engineering & gamification activities, encouraging everyone to participate through interactive events and real-world challenges.

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Adrian Taylor


Cyber Start-ups CXO & Mentor

An experienced Cyber Security leader who builds diverse & inclusive security teams, helping them deliver outcomes by clarifying their vision, unlocking innovation and breaking down silos.

Andi Hudson


European Cyber Centre of Excellence Lead

Andi is an outgoing, highly motivated and keen blue-sky thinker and strategist. He continually looking at how new technologies will help to protect tomorrow's problems and to understand what will be the next security headache.

Andrew Woods


Digitalisation & Innovation Strategy Lead

Andrew Woods is a customer focused, action orientated Systems Engineer who enjoys working on complex systems integration projects.

Andy Seaborne


Lead Data Systems Engineer

Andy works in the area of storage and query of RDF data. He has been a specification editor in the SPARQL standardization process at W3C for both the original SPARQL 1.0 and SPARQL 1.1 query recommendations.

Awais Rashid

University of Bristol

Professor of Cyber Security

Awais Rashid is Professor of Cyber Security at University of Bristol where he heads the Cyber Security Group. He is editor-in-chief and principal investigator for CyBOK. His research interests are in security of cyber-physical systems, software security and human factors.

Briony Phillips



Briony's commitment to economic development and the entrepreneurial ecosystem doesn’t end with The Investment Activator Programme or Rocketmakers, in 2021 she released an open dataset to raise awareness of Tech for Good businesses and hosts events and projects with the region’s growth at their heart.

Charles White

The Cyber Scheme

Managing Director

Charles White is the founding Director of The Cyber Scheme, established and contracted to NCSC in 2013 as an alternative examinations scheme. He formerly worked within the telecoms market specifically in voice and data integration at Future Telecom, a company he listed on the London...

Clare Elford



Clare is the CEO of Clue. Clue is a cloud-based investigation case management and intelligence SaaS platform used by police, governments, and the private and not-for-profit sectors around the world to help counter serious and organised crime, corruption, safeguarding, environmental, financial, corporate, and global threats.

Darcy Delich-Coull


IT Security & Compliance Manager

A trained IP lawyer originally from Texas, Darcy has extensive experience and a driving passion for all things Online Brand Protection, whether that be IP incidents on social media and the wider web for well-known global brands to full-on financial fraud prevention/detection.

Darren Prehaye

Digital Catapult

Senior Solutions Architect

A Senior Solutions Architect and Certified TOGAF 9 Practitioner with over 20 years commercial experience ranging across multiple technologies and specialising in Cloud and Automation within large corporations.

David Rogers MBE

Copper Horse

CEO and Founder

David is a mobile phone and IoT security specialist. His company is currently focusing on product security for the Internet of Things as well as future automotive cyber security. David was awarded an MBE for services to Cyber Security in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2019.

Jenny Seaborne


Senior Software Engineer

Jenny is a Senior Software Engineer at Riskaware, as well as a founding member and chapter administrator for the Ladies of Cheltenham Hacking Society which runs technical security meet ups and provides support and networking for women in cyber security in the local area.

Max Vetter

Immersive Labs

VP of Content / Chief Cyber Officer

Max has over 15 years experience in the cyber industry, and studied astrophysics at university before moving into a role in the Met police. It was here that he also started exploring open source intelligence which led to the Dark Web.

Nic Miller

Aedile Consulting

Virtual CISO

With over 15 years experience in cyber security, Nic attempts to be the voice of reason in a loud and confusing field. Beginning in the UK Government investigating threats to national security, he moved to the private sector to work within small financial services firms.

Richard Holmes


Senior Vice President Consulting Delivery, Lead for UK Cyber

Richard leads cyber security services for CGI in the UK. The group provides a balanced portfolio of services across a broad range of sectors, including Defence, Government, Energy and Utilities, and Financial Services.

Sebastian Turano

Digital Catapult

Innovation Coordinator

Sebastian leads on the engagement for the Digital Security by Design Technology Access Programme and is one of the cohort managers for the programme.

Shane Mallia


Security consultant & Co-Founder

Shane is a true thought leader in understanding and translating the complexity of cyber security. His ability to forward design strategic technologies that defend organisations and help reduce complexity in the security stack is an ability that is much needed in the industry.

Simon Shiu

HP Labs

Director of Security Research

Simon has been with HP Labs for over 20 years, leading a number of research teams and published several academic and professional articles on topics spanning secure hardware, trusted infrastructure, cloud computing, audit, governance, and the economics of information security.

Tim Ward


CEO & Co-founder

Tim is CEO and Co-Founder of Think Cyber Security Ltd. ThinkCyber offer the next generation in Security Awareness. Their Redflags™ software product applies behavioural and learning science theory, in a highly innovative approach to deliver context-sensitive just-in-time guidance.

Why you should attend Bristol & Bath Cyber Conference

  • Experience a full day of analysis, speakers, presentations, and workshops that explore the current state and future of the cyber security industry.


  • Hear from leading professionals, practitioners, and academics to explore the issues and challenges, and to celebrate the innovation and enterprise of the Cyber community in the region.


  • It is an opportunity to make new connections, join the discussion and learn about the current challenges, new solutions and the future of Cyber.

08:00 | Welcome Drinks, Networking and Exhibition

09:00 | Conference Opened by Ben Shorrock

09:15 | Keynote – Max Vetter, Immersive Labs

Max has over 15 years experience in the cyber industry. Having studied astrophysics at university he moved into a role in the Met police targeting industrial and commercial crime. Max leads the Immersive Labs Cyber Content team which creates the Labs and simulations so customers can assess their technical and non-technical cyber capabilities and prove their cyber workforce resilience.

09:45 | Tea & Coffee Break, Networking & Exhibition

10:30 | Simon Shiu, Endpoint Security Innovation

One of the greatest challenges to protecting a business against cybercrime is the shape-shifting nature of security threats. Innovation is not the sole domain of the good guys: cyber criminals are constantly finding ingenious new ways to tunnel into consumer, enterprise and institutional IT systems. They are increasingly professional, more aggressively funded, and better-equipped than ever to exploit any weak link in the security chain.

11:00 | Tim Ward, Think Cyber

When 90% of cyber-attacks start with the human user, we need to move beyond tackling the human factor with a tick box approach to awareness. In this talk ThinkCyber unpick the science and theory behind behaviour models to help us understand why risky behaviours happen, and more importantly how to stop them. This talk will offer real world examples and ways that all organisations can apply the theories to drive secure behaviour change.

11:30 | Keynote – Darcy Delich-Coull, FootAsylum

Enterprise security awareness – why people are the weakest link.

Darcy will explain why employees can be an organisations biggest vulnerability, and suggest some tools that can be used to mitigate the risks.

12:15 | Lunch, Networking and Exhibition

13:15 | Andi Hudson, Avanade

The climate change crisis and global warming is at the top of the agenda for everybody, including businesses. Similarly, with Cyber Security also comes a responsibility to protect the systems that underpin our everyday lives.

In this presentation, Andi will talk about corporate responsibility to endure sustainable security systems that not only reduce impact on the environment, but also help to protect it.

14:00 | David Rogers MBE, Copper Horse

Governments around the world are following the UK’s lead and taking action on IoT insecurity.

David Rogers takes the audience on a tour of the world and explains which countries are doing what and what it all means for stakeholders in the IoT ecosystem from hackers, to manufacturers through to users. He will then explain the relevant standards and the extensive work to ensure that there is a unified approach across the world.

14:30 | Richard Holmes, CGI

How current industry and global trends have implications for cyber resilience and assurance

15:00 | Tea & Coffee Break, Networking & Exhibition

15:30 | Andrew Woods, Siemens

Digitalisation can help to make rail transport more efficient, more convenient, and safer. In an ever more digital world, understanding the importance of the railway networks to the UK’s Critical National Infrastructure has never been more essential or important.

Railways have evolved, though some of the trackside equipment hasn’t, and is over 100 years old. Find out why securing our railways is crucial and how Siemens Mobility are using data to develop systems to maintain secure engineering solutions.

16:15 | Closing Panel – What makes a great cyber ecosystem?

The panel will discuss the significance of the cyber ecosystem in the Western Gateway region to the UK, how will the communities in the region will benefit from the proposed Golden Valley Development, how will this help to secure a long-lasting talent pipeline, and how academia and industry will work together to galvanise the geographical connections and support links between organisations large and small.  This will be an upbeat and optimistic view of the future of the cyber ecosystem in the West.

Chair: Gethin Evans, Golden Valley Development

Panel: Nick Sturge, Chair of TechSPARK; Clare Bourne, Head of Delivery, Innovation, and Growth at Cynam; Barbara Jackson, Senior Policy & Public Affairs Adviser at Western Gateway; James Cooke, Acting Director at Western Gateway.

17:00 | Final Thanks

08:00 | Welcome Drinks, Networking and Exhibition

09:00 | Livestream from Cinema 1

10:00 | Tea & Coffee Break, Networking & Exhibition

10:30 | Livestream from Cinema 1

11:15 | Immersive Labs Crisis Simulator

Immersive Labs’ Cyber Crisis Simulator is an online solution that drops defenders into real-time cyber crises. The system challenges teams to make critical decisions when dealing with emerging incidents such as ransomware outbreaks, insider threats, data breaches, and spear-phishing attacks.

12:15 | Lunch, Networking and Exhibition

13:15 | Awais Rashid, CyBOK

Awais will be speaking about CyBOK , the Cyber Security Body Of Knowledge. CyBOK inform and underpin education and professional training for the cyber security sector

The CyBOK project aims to bring cyber security into line with the more established sciences by distilling knowledge from major internationally-recognised experts to form a Cyber Security Body of Knowledge that will provide much-needed foundations for this emerging topic.

14:00 | Scott Eggins, Hargreaves Lansdown

14:30 | Jenny Seaborne, Riskaware

For too long there has been a disconnect between the software and cyber communities – software engineers write their code to add new features and hit tight deadlines, then security teams come in and tell them everything they’ve done is wrong and tear it all apart! As such, discontent arises and a gap emerges resulting in major vulnerabilities… This talk will look at why this divide exists, why it is an issue and how it can be bridged.

15:00 | Tea & Coffee Break, Networking and Exhibition

15:30 | Andy Seaborne, Telicent

Data owners want to be confident that the security of their data is preserved as data integration mixes data from different sources together.

This talk will present a data platform that provides data security at storage level by providing and checking security labelling on every data element in a Knowledge Graph.

17:00 | Close

10:30 | Charles White, The Cyber Scheme

Charles White is the founding Director of The Cyber Scheme, established and contracted to NCSC in 2013 as an alternative examinations scheme.

11:15 | Shane Mallia & Nic Miller

Learn practical tips and tricks to improve security of Microsoft 365, across all licence types and organisational sizes. We’ll cover conditional access, sensitivity labels & DLP, B2B guest users, protecting BYOD & company devices, defender, and improving MFA. Gathered from a range of real-world experience, learn from our mistakes so you don’t have to!

12:15 | Lunch, Networking and Exhibition

13:15 | Caroline Jonh, CyberFirst

CyberFirst is designed to identify and nurture a diverse range of talented young people into a cyber security career.

Meet with the local CyberFirst team and find out how you can be part of the programme and inspire young people into want to work in our industry.

14:15 | Darren Prehaye & Sebastian Turano, Digital Catapult

Exploring the ongoing challenges to cybersecurity due to system design, the opportunities in the market for improving CPU architecture, introducing the Morello Board and signposting the Digital Security by Design Technology Access Programme

08:30 | Arrival, Tea & Coffee

09:00 | Welcome and Cyber Runway overview

09:15 | Join the plenary keynote session of the Bristol Cyber

10:00 | Break & Networking

10:30 | Introducing session with our attendees

11:15 | Adrian Taylor, Deloitte

This is an interactive session that gives us a chance to reflect on the different personalities and characteristics of the stakeholders we work with, both within our own teams and with the businesses we support. By exploring our stakeholders in this way it helps us appreciate the differences in those we work with and by doing so, build more effective stakeholder relationships.

12:15 | Lunch & Networking

13:15 |  Speed Networking

Speed networking session of introductions to support networks and activity they can use in the SW. This session will give attendees the opportunities to talk about their key issues and how they can engage with various support services.

15:00 | Break & Networking

15:30 | Founder Journeys Q&A

This session is a panel with founders and execs from some of the successful cyber businesses in the region. In the session, we’ll hear how their journey has been, their greatest challenges, what lessons they have learned and top tips for our attendees. Suggested panellists include.

16:30 | Bristol & Bath Cyber Tuesday Networking

Bristol & Bath Cyber Security Cluster is a community for innovation and collaboration, with the goal of developing the Cyber ecosystem and drive economic growth in the region.

09:00 | Arrival, Tea & Coffee

09:15 | Welcome and Cyber Runway Overview

09:30 | Business Ideas and Pivoting

In this session we will have a panel of founders who will talk about their business, when they have had to pivot their businesses and how they went about it.  We’ll consider the difference between good and solid business ideas, customer value propositions and how this leads to markets and business models.

10:45 | How to stand out in a crowded cybersecurity marketplace, Nick Farrar and Dave Corlett

Join Nick and Dave from Bristol-based creative agency Shaped By to find out why having a distinct brand identity is essential in a crowded market. Find out how to address the challenge of visualising an intangible product like cybersecurity, avoid the clichés that inhabit the cybersecurity industry, and strike the right balance between fear and positivity when communicating cybersecurity solutions.

11:45 | Show me the money, Briony Phillips

  • The Basics of Attracting VC Investment 
  • Alternative Funding Routes
  • Analysis of Key Investors & Funds By Vertical
  • The Basics of What  Investors Are Looking For In Tech

12:30 | Networking Lunch

14:00 | Follow-up sessions with Bristol and Bath Cyber Community Manager

These sessions will be based on the previous day’s conversations and our learnings over the event. They’re designed as a follow-up to understand what challenges people still face and how we can further connect and support them in the community. These sessions will be optional.

Watershed, Bristol

Watershed is a cultural cinema and digital creativity centre in Bristol, championing engagement, imagination and ingenuity, working locally, nationally and globally, Watershed produces work that cuts across film, music, theatre, design, visual art, and the creative and technology sectors.

Part of Bristol Technology Festival

At Bristol Tech Festival we explore the industry through a series of fun social events, encouraging everyone to participate through interactive seminars, workshops and activity spread across the city.